Archive for the 'Ralph Nader' Category

HYPERCONVENIENCE IS HOW THE MATRIX BEGINS…

November 1st, 2017

I recall stories from two writers back in the last century touting the wonders of not having to leave their desks. In the first case, the writer was at a month-long retreat where writers could rent small cabins deep in the north woods that included cabin-service that delivered three meals a day to their door. […]

JUSTICE, JUSTICE SHALL YOU PURSUE…

October 28th, 2017

There was a time that I entertained fantasies of going to Harvard to study law and row. I came close, I ended up at Harvard On The Hocking, Ohio University, instead—although one professor did encourage me to attend the law school at Akron University because of the quality of Law Review there—earning my B.S. in […]

ARBITRATION PUTS CONSUMERS IN THE TRUNK…

October 25th, 2017

Forget being kicked out of the driver’s seat, Congress threw consumers into the trunk and slammed the lid. Only a presidential veto stands between the One Percent—supported by their corporate lackeys—and the rest of us. Frankly, I doubt that President Donald John Trump is capable to doing the right thing even when his beloved Trump […]

BEHAVIORAL ECONS VS MATHEMATICAL ECONS…

October 24th, 2017

For much of my adult life, the mathematical economists of the Chicago school have driven much of our nation’s discussions on the economy and the role of Homo Economicus, the rational consumer. Ralph Nader thinks that Chicago’s reign, or at least the school’s grip on how we talk about economics, is beginning to wane and […]

WINNING THROUGH INTIMIDATION IS A FAIL…

October 10th, 2017

There is a tradition in American politics that requires former presidents to disappear for a time, to write memoirs, plan libraries and depressurize from the insane demands of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office so that the present occupant can go about governing. That has generally worked successfully for 43 former presidents. Ralph […]

HOW CLOSE TO A ROLLERBALL WORLD ARE WE…?

October 6th, 2017

In September 1973, the year I turned 18, William Harrison published Roller Ball Murder in Esquire. Two years later, when I was still in Gunner’s Mate School at Great Lakes, I first saw Harrison’s adaptation of the story to the big screen. Harrison set his corporate dystopia in 2018. We are only three months from […]

BOWING TO THE DIVINE RIGHTS OF INSTITUTIONS…

September 27th, 2017

When monarchs or their spawn go mad, when bat-shit crazy politicians go off the deep end, when whole masses of individuals succumb to group psychosis, we think we understand what to do. We believe that because we’re dealing with people. When the insanity has infested the non-person—I don’t care what the United States Supreme Court […]

JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT, NOT REPEAT, NEWS…

September 21st, 2017

Nader, in The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons, writes: For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, […]

WRONG ABOUT CORPORATIONS SINCE 1982…

September 16th, 2017

Ralph Nader has crushed a misconception I’ve touted as law for years. I can’t begin to number the times I’ve said that corporations have one, and only one legal obligation: to maximize shareholder value. I was wrong. Not only was I wrong, but I’ve been wrong since 1982, which means that I was never right […]

RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY: 1932-2017…

September 7th, 2017

Ralph Nader, in Needed—An Educational Institute to Extend Dick Gregory’s Legacies writes: On hearing about the loss of Dick Gregory, at age 84, political analyst and former White House counsellor Bill Curry said, “He was the first successful black comedian who insisted on having opinions.” Until Dick Gregory—with his pioneering, satiric, audacious humor on stage […]

OF COURSE WE CAN, BUT WE’LL BE TOO BUSY TO…

August 30th, 2017

What would be necessary for anyone to learn a lesson? Real fear that the failure to do so would, without any doubt, seriously discomfort a person beyond their reason. Sadly, while Ralph Nader attempts to make the case otherwise, I’m not optimistic. Nader, writing in Can the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?, argues: […]

MUST OBAMA BREAK PRECEDENT AND SPEAK OUT…?

August 22nd, 2017

Perhaps the smallest club of powerful (so far) men living today is that made up of past and present presidents of the United States of America. That group, today, stands at six: James Earl Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barack Hussein Obama and Donald John Trump. There is a […]

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

A WRECKING CREW HAS ONLY A SINGLE PURPOSE…

August 8th, 2017

The central mission of the Republican Party has been to destroy government’s ability to rein in greed and protect the 99 percent. They now have in a president and top government officials a cadre of individuals who hate government (except when they see a profit to be made) far more than we could imagine. Ralph […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT WITHOUT OUR POWERS…

July 22nd, 2017

Ralph Nader argues that half of democracy is showing up. I put the number much higher, up around an Allenesque 80 percent. Showing up, in my book, includes doing your homework, understanding how to form a defensible argument; skills that are hard to find on Facebook or Twitter. We are powerless only if we choose […]

WHAT ARE OUR PILLARS OF SOCIETY SUPPORTING…?

July 12th, 2017

RalphNader, in A Clarion Call for our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice, writes: It is time for an urgent clarion call. Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious over-reach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our society must step up to reverse the decline of our country. Here […]

AMAZON IS A BIGGER SNAKE THAN EVEN WALMART…

July 6th, 2017

I’ve been a regular shopper at Whole Foods at both the University Heights and Woodmere locations. I made a point recently of stopping in at both stores to inform management that I’ve always enjoyed shopping in their stores and that I was saddened to think that I could not do so any longer. The reason? […]

MIGHT DRIVERLESS CARS HELP SENIOR MOBILITY…?

June 26th, 2017

Ralph Nader very rarely misses a beat, but in the case of the issue of driverless cars, I think he missed an important aspect. He can be forgiven that, however, because I haven’t heard the issue raised as of yet: driverless cars, either owned or shared, could provide aging baby boomers with an alternative to […]

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