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…

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…