Posts tagged “ralph nader”
June 6, 2013Ralph Nader Book Tour Thursday, June 6th @ 7:00pm 92 Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Ralph Nader will be at 92nd Street Y on Thursday, June 6th to read and discuss the columns from his new book Told You So.
Ralph Nader is one of America’s most controversial—and uncompromising—public figures. He is a man on a mission who believes that taking on the powers that be involves more than just talking about it—it also means taking action. This collection of columns spanning not only time but topic brings to the forefront issues facing out society— from war, corporate power, commercialism, workers’ rights, and more.
Ralph Nader will be available for question and answer and well as book signings. To learn more about the event, visit the 92nd St Y event page.
June 5, 2013Ralph Nader Book Tour Wednesday, June 5th @ 7:00pm Banes & Noble Union Square 33 East 17th Street
New York, NY
Join Ralph Nader at the Barnes & Noble Union Square Store as he reads and discusses his new book of columns, Told You So.
For the past forty-five years Ralph Nader has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, Unsafe at Any Speed changed the face of the automobile industry and made Ralph Nader a household name. As a result of his efforts, cars have more safety features. His lobbying and writing on the food industry insured that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. His new collection Told You So covers topics from big corporations, environmental pollution, commercialism, civil rights, and more.
To learn more about the event, visit the Barnes & Noble event page.
May 30, 2013Ralph Nader Book Tour Thursday, May 30th @ 7:00pm Politics & Prose Bookstore 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Ralph Nader will be launching his new book of columns, Told You So, at Politics & Prose Bookstore on Thursday, May 30th.
The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and Ralph Nader may be its most robust and forceful practitioner. Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns presents a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society and provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to create a more just and environmentally sustainable world. Drawing on decades of experience, Nader’s columns document the consequences of concentrated corporate power; threats to our food, water and air; the corrosive effect of commercialism on our children; the dismantling of worker rights; and the attacks on our civil rights and civil liberties.
April 17, 2013
On March 25th, The Nation ran an article by Seven Stories author Ralph Nader entitled “Why Are Democrats So Defeatist?” In the article, Nader does what few liberals are willing to do and takes a look at President Obama and the Democratic Party through a critical lens.
Among Nader’s criticisms are that Obama, in 2008, promised a minimum wage increase to $9.50 by 2011, fell silent on the topic after winning the election, and has recently amended the proposal to an increase to $9 by 2015–a far cry from his original plans. Nader also writes that Obama and the Democrats focus more on raising funds and not alienating business interests than opposing a Republican Party and its “votes to protect massive tax breaks for the wealthiest, end the universal Medicare guarantee, jeopardize Social Security, oppose measures that would protect seniors from abusive financial practices, attack women’s health and safety, weaken consumer protections, undermine the Pell Grant program for low-income students, favor corporations shipping jobs overseas at the expense of American workers, slash the food stamp program, weaken protections to ensure that every voter’s vote counts, and allow big oil companies and speculators to drive up gas prices along with a raft of brazen anti-environmental bills that would have despoiled our air, water and soil.” Nader believes that the Democratic Party lacks self-analysis, and, instead of talking vaguely about the middle class, needs to focus more on the needs of the poorer classes that are its “natural constituency.”
Many more of Ralph Nader’s opinions can be found in the forthcoming Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, which will be available from Seven Stories in May.
April 2, 2012
“In 2012, something like Nader’s utopian scenario has begun to take shape, but with a radically different ideology. Super-rich, hard-right tycoons like Foster Friess (mutual funds), Harold Simmons (chemicals and metals), Bob Perry (home-building), and Sheldon Adelson (casinos) are, through the new vehicle called the super PAC, leveraging their fortunes to seize hold of the political process.”
April 2, 2012
“Ralph Nader recently published the most improbable of books, a novel titled Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us. Nader, looking at the grotesque economic and political power imbalance in the U.S., imagined that a cabal of billionaires led by Warren Buffet and Ted Turner have an outbreak of conscience and become crusaders for progressive reform. It’s Nader’s way of both laying out a reform agenda and spotlighting where the real power lies.”
October 13, 2011
Abby Martin of Media Roots talks to Ralph Nader about Project Censored, the landscape of media censorship, the establishment co-opting of the tea party, the two party dictatorship and the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki.
October 11, 2011
“Congress has done more to bail out Wall Street than Main Street. Wall Street crooks have avoided penalties and prosecution and continued to receive bonuses and excessive compensation while pensions and savings have been looted.”
October 11, 2011
“According to Nader, the key is self-reliance. If more money is put into repairing America by establishing job work programs, renovating schools, clinics, libraries and public transit, as well as growing and buying food locally, the need to rely on corporations will decrease.”
September 6, 2011
Ralph Nader, author of Only the Super-rich Can Save Us!, wrote an incisive list of lessons we can learn from 9/11 in USA Today.
Take number 3: “Do not create a climate of fear or monopolize a partisan definition of patriotism in order to silence dissent from other political parties, the citizenry or the unfairly arrested or harassed.”