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Unstoppable Ralph Nader

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Political rhetoric in recent years paints a picture of an American population that is more polarized than ever. But political activist Ralph Nader argues in his new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State (Nation Books, 2014) that there is ample opportunity for the political left and right to join forces against the "corporate-government tyranny," and offers his suggestions for reform. 

-->Event: Ralph Nader will be discussing Unstoppable at Barnes and Noble on April 22nd at 7 p.m.

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Comments [19]

PJP

Does NPR get click-through money from Amazon?

Apr. 18 2014 09:55 PM
Bob in RI from Rhode Island

Glad to see so many other listeners think that Ralph Nader was the spoiler in the 2000 elections. The man is honest, dedicated, hard working, committed, and on the right side of most issues, but like Don Quixote, ineffective. Many things could have gone differently with the election of 2000. The irony is that Nader's refusal to compromise in the least had the end result of George W. Bush being elected, which effectively destroyed the future of the US in only eight short years in office.

Sadly.

Apr. 18 2014 10:42 AM
Joseph Russell from Collingswood, NJ

Definitely agree with the sentiment that we need more than just Republicans and Democrats on the ballot. We need electoral movements to compliment social movements.

Apr. 17 2014 03:20 PM
BG from NYC

Ralph Nader? Seriously??? Could make a case that without this candidacy in 2000, we would never invaded Iraq. How does that make you sleep at night, Ralph?

Apr. 17 2014 11:51 AM
James from Brooklyn

i like this guy a lot, but sadly he is powerless and comes across as disconnected. He only comes on WNYC to promote his books, why doesn't a place like WNYC give this guy a permanent platform? it gave Jonathan Schwartz his own Johnathan channel.
What good does it do for Ralph Nader to come on and rail against the same things he's railed against for years. It's the same, every time.
And nothing changes.
I'm with the Green Party of NYS!

Apr. 17 2014 11:44 AM
Mia from Manhattan

Has Mr. Nader been following the push by the LG company to build a high office tower (an eye sore) on the Palisades, likely to be the first of many more to come, and will he do anything to oppose it?

Apr. 17 2014 11:38 AM
antonio from baySIde

I agree with Ralph Nader, if we look at the way North Dakota has regulated their banking system. That's something the left and right could agree with! Could Ralph Nader speak on this?

Apr. 17 2014 11:37 AM
Joyce from NYC

I am with <Sheldon from Brooklyn>. Couldn't say it better.

Apr. 17 2014 11:34 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I may not agree with R.N. about everything, but his conclusions are basically true. One of the problems has been that the left has been so busy villifying the right that they have been blind to their own sides' failures have been overlooked. The left talks the talk, but has often been just as beholden to the moneyed class as the right.

A pox on both their houses!

Apr. 17 2014 11:30 AM

Hear, hear...Sheldon from Brooklyn!

Apr. 17 2014 11:28 AM
Gary from Forest Hills

Gore could win his own home state. So how is that Ralph Nader's fault? I have never bought the argument that RN cost AG the election. GB ran as a compassionate conservative, and seemed to connect more with the public than AG.

One thing I'll see about RN he has always stood for the ordinary American. We
the people may vote in The Democrat party and Republican party , but they don't
work for us, they answer to the very powerful. That is why Christine Quinn voted to ignore our will on term limits. That is why we will never get anything near that resembles universal health are. That is why we'll never see anyone prosecuted for bringing the Global Financial System to brink of depression. Barack, Schumer, boehner, Clinton (Billary), Cantor are all working for Wall Street.

Apr. 17 2014 11:28 AM

Thank you, Mr. Nader!!!

…for ALL your dedication!!

THANK YOU!!

Apr. 17 2014 11:27 AM
IMHO

[[Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Mr. Nader's irresponsible third-party run is responsible for the loss of our democracy"

The absurd irony of your argument.

So Lupe, are you saying, that for the sake of democracy, in a nation of 300 million people, throughout 50 states; that candidates and voters should have and always be restricted to the "choice" of only the two rancid, corrupt, political parties that have run our country the last 100 years?]]

No. The point is that in between campaigns Nader did nothing to build a network and become a viable candidate.

But I don't blame Nader for Gore's loss in 2000. If Clinton could have kept his "cigar" in his pants, he would have been able to campaign with Gore and Gore would have won. You had O'Connor on the SCOTUS. You had that awful woman from Florida, Katherine Harris.

I think Nader is a Jerk, but you can point fingers in a lot of other directions in the 2000 theft, sorry, election.

Apr. 17 2014 10:27 AM
Mark

I agree with all that has been said about Nader as democracy wrecker but also I would add his claims to have been earnestly attempting to build a third party and not just running a disastrous vanity campaign were shown to be completely bogus. Once the Green Party finally ditched him after numerous failed attempts at the presidency instead of just letting it go he created a new "third party" to run against the Green Party candidate! So it really was just "all about him".

Apr. 17 2014 10:14 AM
michael leslie from manhattan

As to the horses in CP. Having been around horses all my life and having actually known a driver couple here in the city in the seventies, I never once felt these horses were being mistreated. It's not the greatest life, this is true, but horses are domesticated animals that work with humans, they need a job too. No matter what anyone says these horses will end up on the killers truck because they are just too expensive to keep and there is nowhere to keep them. There lives are so much better than some immigrants I know who are exploited and living in sqalor.

Apr. 17 2014 10:09 AM
Ben from Westchester

I'm on Team Lupe.

Can you imagine if the US had avoided the Bush administration?

Perhaps no 9/11 attack?
Perhaps no Afghanistan war?
Perhaps no Iraq war?
Perhaps no crisis of energy deregulation/Enron?
Perhaps no Financial Crisis of 2008?
Perhaps New Orleans could have been supported instead of left to drown?

No Supreme Court appointments for John Roberts and Samuel Alito = no unlimited money in political campaigns.

It boggles the mind. (Thanks, Ralph.)

Apr. 17 2014 10:07 AM
Julie Leininger Pycior from Hastings-on-Hudson

Nader is correct. The vast majority of Americans want regulation of corporate excesses and real reform of money-in-politics. This is our next major social movement, and for once the majority of Americans already support reform!

I make this point in the conclusion of my new book http://www.amazon.com/Democratic-Renewal-Mutual-Legacy-Mexicans/dp/1623491282/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397743491&sr=8-2&keywords=julie+pycior.

Apr. 17 2014 10:06 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Mr. Nader's irresponsible third-party run is responsible for the loss of our democracy"

The absurd irony of your argument.

So Lupe, are you saying, that for the sake of democracy, in a nation of 300 million people, throughout 50 states; that candidates and voters should have and always be restricted to the "choice" of only the two rancid, corrupt, political parties that have run our country the last 100 years?

Apr. 17 2014 09:14 AM
Lupe Lamenta from New Jersey

If Mr. Nader hadn't run as a third candidate, Al Gore would have been president -- the hanging chads would have been irrelevant; the Supreme Court would not have appointed George Bush president in violation of the Constitution. .

I doubt Al Gore would have condoned either torture or the invasion of a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the World Trade Center bombing.

Mr. Nader's irresponsible third-party run is responsible for the loss of our democracy and the downward spiral of our middle and working classes.

Apr. 17 2014 08:23 AM

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