Teenage iPhone Rebellion in Brooklyn

January 14, 2023
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By Ralph Nader January 14, 2023 Every Sunday about a dozen high school teenagers gather without their iPhones on a little hill in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, USA. They form a circle and quietly start to read serious books (Dostoevsky, Boethius) (paperbacks or hardbacks), or draw in sketchbooks, or just serenely sit listening to the wind.…

Are the New Congressional Progressives Real?

January 6, 2023
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By Ralph Nader January 6, 2023 What follows is an encore for a column I wrote in 2018 for the new progressive Democrats elected to the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party won control of the House in 2018, and again barely in 2020. There was no response nor adoption of any of these power-enhancing…

The New York Times Is Diminishing Itself

December 29, 2022
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By Ralph Nader December 28, 2022 Give the New York Times its due. Its teams of reporters produce more investigations of wrongdoing by entrenched vested interests than does the entire recess-rich, Tuesday-to-Thursday U.S. Congress with all its Committees and Subcommittees. The Times should promptly publish some of its exposes as small books. Their on-the-ground series…

Helping These Groups Helps You and Reflects Your Generosity of Spirit

December 22, 2022
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By Ralph Nader December 22, 2022 It is that time of year when generous people make donations to civic organizations that are the bedrock of our democratic society. Some are worthy charities. Others are advocates for change through advancing justice. Below are many nonprofit groups working for causes furthering environmental and consumer health and safety,…

Democratic Party Fantasies About 2022 Midterms Pose Peril For 2024

December 19, 2022
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December 19, 2022 By Ralph Nader The Democratic Party can’t cease congratulating itself about the mid-term elections results defying the pundit’s predictions of a red wave. (Newt Gingrich even predicted that Herschel Walker would win the Georgia senate race without a runoff.) This is a self-serving, self-destructive standard by which Democratic operatives measure their performance.…

Vibrant, Galvanizing Book Recommendations for the Holidays

December 12, 2022
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By Ralph Nader December 12, 2022 The following recent books invite the application of the aphorism, Readers Think, Thinkers Read. They also make good gifts for this Holiday season. 1. Fashionopolis: The Secrets Behind the Clothes We Wear by Dana Thomas (Dial Books, 2022). I learned much from this eyewitness story of the textile and…

Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer Use the Lame-duck Session for the People

November 30, 2022
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November 30, 2022 Dear Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, On July 23, 2022, twenty-four prominent civic advocates and leaders, many of whom you know, made a Zoom presentation for congressional candidates and staff about how to readily defeat the worst GOP – by numerous measures – in history. These presenters were brought…

New Legislation Would Mandate DOJ Create Database of Corporate Criminal Offenses

November 29, 2022
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For Immediate Release: November 29, 2022 Contact: Ralph Nader or Francesco DeSantis, , 202-320-6344, [email protected] New Legislation Would Mandate DOJ Create Database of Corporate Criminal Offenses Rep. Scanlon and Sen. Durbin’s Bill Would End Differential Treatment of Corporate versus Street Crime Data WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer safety, labor, environmental and other groups lauded a new…

Winning Messages for Sen. Raphael Warnock

November 22, 2022
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By Ralph Nader November 22, 2022 The Warnock/Walker Senatorial run-off election on December 6th seems to be “more of the same” campaigning and fundraising as occurred during the general election. “More of the same” with tens of millions of dollars spent on unimaginative TV ads is not smart if Warnock wants to win without a…

Lessons for Democrats in 2024

November 18, 2022
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By Ralph Nader November 18, 2022 Once again, the Congressional Democratic Party leaders are claiming a victory of sorts in an election where the Dems should have landslided the most corrupt, cruel and lying Republican Party in history. The Dems lost the House of Representatives and once again narrowly won the Senate, flipping only the…