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…

A Public Request for Nick Hanauer to Swing into Action

June 3, 2022
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By Ralph Nader June 3, 2022 Nick Hanauer Seattle, WA Dear Nick, Since our meeting at your office in the Fall of 2014, I have tried several times to reach you about a number of civic projects that seem to be right up your alley. As others have noted, it is near impossible to…

Is Corporate Criminal Law Heading for Extinction?

May 27, 2022
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By Ralph Nader May 27, 2022 Crimes without criminals was not a subject for study when I was in law school. The two were seen as part of the same illegal package. That was before notorious corporate lawyers and a cash register Congress combined to separate economic, health and safety crimes from corporate accountability, incarceration…

Donald K. Ross (1943-2022) – Activist and Builder of Democratic Institutions Extraordinaire!

May 20, 2022
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By Ralph Nader May 20, 2022 It was a marathon day of thirty-minute interviews in 1970. Little did I think we were selecting recent law school graduates who would become, over a lifetime, civic leaders of historical significance in producing major changes for a more just and safe society. Ten minutes into my interview with…

The New Corporate Dictators – Super-Rich & Super-Immune

May 13, 2022
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By Ralph Nader May 13, 2022 Ever since the heads of East India Trading Company (1600) and Hudson Bay Company (1670), were incorporated by English Royal charters, there have been corporate dictators. Their range and actions, have varied widely however. Today’s new corporate dictators shatter past restraints. John D. Rockefeller ruled the Standard Oil Company…

“Public Justice” – Standing Forty Years Against Brutish Corporate Power

May 6, 2022
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By Ralph Nader May 6, 2022 It is not often that one speech urging the creation of a national public interest law firm, driven by seasoned trial lawyers, would move from words to deeds, from oratory to action. That is just what happened following my address in June 1980 to the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.…

Does Congress need an ombudsman to look after its case work?

April 30, 2022
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By Ralph Nader Want to see Republicans and Democrats come together? Just revive legislation introduced in 1965 by prominent Wisconsin Democrat Henry S. Reuss – An Administrative Counsel of Congress (H.R. 4273) (see sidebar) – informally called an Ombudsman or Tribune of the People. The Administrative Counsel, as an arm of Congress, would handle part…

Against the Trumpian GOP Onslaught – The Dems are Like Deer in the Headlights

April 29, 2022
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By Ralph Nader April 29, 2022 There is something about entrenched bureaucracies that transcend nations and cultures. When bureaucracies are confronted with unanticipated or new challenges, they freeze – like a deer facing headlights. Sears, Roebuck and Company saw Walmart coming out of Arkansas for years and spreading all over the country, but the Sears…

Dishonoring Earth Day 2022 with An Oil, Gas, Coal & Nuclear Heyday

April 22, 2022
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By Ralph Nader April 22, 2022 Instead of championing solar, wind and conservation energy, the GOP (Greedy Old Party) is championing the skyrocketing profits and prices for the omnicidal fossil fuel and atomic power companies. Surging gasoline prices at the pump are not met with excess profits taxes on profit-glutted Big Oil. Rather the GOP…

Consumer Protection Progress and Regress – From the Sixties to Now

April 15, 2022
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By Ralph Nader April 15, 2022 I’m often asked whether consumers are better or worse off since the modern consumer movement took hold in the nineteen sixties. Let’s look at the record. Motor vehicles are much safer, less polluting, and more fuel efficient now, but not nearly what they should be. Today, consumers have warranty…