Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader
  • Born: February 27, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author, Activist

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Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform causes. The son of Lebanese immigrants to the United States, Nader was educated at Princeton and Harvard and first came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of the bestselling book Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers that became known as one of the most important journalistic pieces of the 20th century. Following the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader led a group of volunteer law students—dubbed "Nader's Raiders"—in a groundbreaking investigation of the Federal Trade Commission, leading directly to that agency's overhaul and reform. In the 1970s, Nader leveraged his growing popularity to establish a number of advocacy and watchdog groups including the Public Interest Research Group, the Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen.

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Any government intrusion into the economy deters the alleged beneficiaries from voicing their views or participating in civic life. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Freedom requires civil responsibility. Citizenship & Patriotism
George W. Bush stole the 2000 election from Al Gore. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
National security is the fig leaf against freedom of information. Defense & National Security
President Bush is a corporation in the White House masquerading as a human being. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The ball game; it had to be the ball game. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The democracy gap in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the least worst every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the least worst gets worse. Voters, Voting & Elections
The real reason for apathy is usually a feeling of powerlessness. Power
The trouble is that we live in a culture where individuation and instant gratification are kings--and civic work requires selflessness and patience. Human Nature
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun Energy
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship. Citizenship & Patriotism
There’s just too much money in the hands of too few. Money, Coins & Minting
Washington is corporate occupied territory …. The two parties are fighting it out to see who will take orders from their corporate paymasters. Political Parties & Machines
We should certainly declassify any information that we know that the enemy knows. At that point it is only the American people who are in the dark. Secrecy & Transparency
We’re the only country in the world where somebody can come in second and still be President because of the Electoral College. Voters, Voting & Elections
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. Power
A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity. Society
Every time I see something terrible, it's like I see it at age 19. I keep a freshness that way. Time
For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull. Life
I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations. Business, Commerce & Finance
I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.' Families, Children & Parenting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Leaders & Leadership
If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists. Religion & God
It is fascinating to watch legislators turn away from their usual corporate grips when they hear the growing thunder of the people.
John D. Rockefeller wanted to dominate oil, but Microsoft wants it all, you name it: cable, media, banking, car dealerships.
Let's not just look at it as taking votes away from Gore. Our support comes from a lot of people.
Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret. Business, Commerce & Finance
No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling.
Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
Our founders did not oust George III in order for us to crown Richard I.
People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Power has to be insecure to be responsive. Power
President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people. Government
Sanctions against polluters are feeble and out of date, and are rarely invoked.
The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.
The 'democracy gap' in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the 'least worst' every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the 'least worst' gets worse. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Leaders & Leadership
The liberal intelligentsia has allowed its party to become a captive of corporate interests.
The nation is faced with one of the most corporate-orientated anti-consumer Congresses in our history. History
The networks are not some chicken-coop manufacturing lobby whose calls nobody returns.
The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference.
The shortcomings of America's political leaders do not stop at our borders.
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.
Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Up against the corporate government, voters find themselves asked to choose between look-alike candidates from two parties vying to see who takes the marching orders from their campaign paymasters and their future employers. The money of vested interest nullifies genuine voter choice and trust. Future ;Trust ;Money, Coins & Minting
We must strive to become good ancestors.
When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated.
Your best teacher is your last mistake. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training