To the New York Times – “We Thought We Knew Ye”

August 5, 2022
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By Ralph Nader August 5, 2022 In 1980 we produced a report titled How to Appraise and Improve Your Daily Newspaper: A Manual for Readers, authored by David Bollier, one of our precocious interns, who had just graduated from Amherst and went on to become an expert on the Commons (See, I thought about…

Callers say – “Can’t Get Through” – Callees say – “Don’t Want to Let Them Through”

July 28, 2022
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By Ralph Nader July 28, 2022 Most of us play both roles of the Caller and Callee. Guess which role rules? The Callee. I’ve lost count of how many older adults tell me, week after week, how hard it is to get through to powerful Callees. Especially by telephone! The latter include your local electric,…

Weaning the State Department from War-making to Peaceful Robust Diplomacy

July 22, 2022
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By Ralph Nader July 22, 2022 Other than being an adjunct booster of overseas Pentagon military operations and refortifying its vulnerable embassies, what does the U.S. State Department stand for and do anymore? Sometimes it’s hard to see much difference with the much larger Department of Defense (DOD). Its more belligerent statements or threats since…

Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power

July 16, 2022
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By Ralph Nader July 16, 2022 When it comes to corporate power and control over their lives, now and into the future, today’s college students are perilously dormant. When it comes to putting pressure on Congress to counter the various dictates of corporatism, there is little activity other than some stalwarts contacting their lawmakers on…

U.S. China Policy: A Perilous Arms Race Instead of Waging Critical Cooperation

July 11, 2022
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By Ralph Nader July 11, 2022 Did the Biden officials know what they were doing when they announced a broad expansion of export controls on China? China is the world’s second-largest economy, which is intricately intertwined with the economy of the U.S. and other nations. This is mainly due to U.S. multinational companies exporting huge…

How Can Dictators Control So Many Millions of People?

July 1, 2022
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By Ralph Nader July 1, 2022 How do dictators manage for decades to control 1.4 billion (China) or 146 million (Russia) people and on down to other smaller totalitarian regimes? Answer: one power hungry man at the top. Political scientists have written about the various “pillars” sustaining autocratic regimes. Professor Christoph H. Stefes (University of…

The Continuing Damages from Corporate-Managed so-called Free Trade

June 24, 2022
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By Ralph Nader June 24, 2022 The great progressive Harvard economist and prolific best-selling author, John Kenneth Galbraith, wrote that “Ideas may be superior to vested interest. They are also very often the children of vested interest.” I wished he had written that assertion before I took Economic 101 at Princeton. One of the vested…

Re: “Justice Thomas Should Take a Long Look in the Mirror” NY Times, May 15, 2022

June 18, 2022
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To the Editor: Re: “Justice Thomas Should Take a Long Look in the Mirror”. Maybe the Democrats should take a look in the mirror. They confirmed Thomas’s nomination in 1991 by a vote of 52-48 which included 11 Democratic Senators crossing over in a Democratically-controlled Senate under Majority Leader George Mitchell. They gave the country…

U.S. Senate – From Partisan (GOP) Swamp to a Bipartisan Graveyard for Democracy

June 16, 2022
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By Ralph Nader June 16, 2022 Since January 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed 412 bills (See: and sent them to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate hasn’t acted. “What?” you say, “don’t the Democrats control both Chambers of Congress?” Sure, by the barest of margins. Handcuffed by the filibuster, a Senate rule…

Time for a Taxpayer Revolt Against Rich Corporate Welfarists

June 10, 2022
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By Ralph Nader June 10, 2022 It is time for an unusual but long overdue revolt by the 150 million tax-with-held taxpayers. I’m not speaking of rates of taxation that the rich and corporations largely avoid because of the gigantic tax escapes, which they grease through Congress. Today I’m hoping to get your dander up…