Archive for the 'Ralph Nader' Category

ONLY THREE AREAS OF INTEREST AND CONCERN…?

January 9th, 2018

Ralph Nader has a long history of writing open letters to presidents. I imagine that those missives were duly delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and dutifully read by presidential staff and, on occasion, brought to the attention of the president. I doubt that that happens anymore. What I imagine happens in the what passes for […]

THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS…

January 4th, 2018

A friend has an old-style steel safe in her basement that contains, among other precious items, cash. “Cash is king,” she told me. I don’t keep anything like her stash, but I keep a small amount of cash around for paying service providers like plumbers, roofers or mechanics. One of the benefits is that they […]

RALPH NADER’S END-OF-YEAR GIFT IDEAS…

December 27th, 2017

So, I figure that most Americans—like myself—are tapped out, but if you have a few dollars left over and you want to alleviate a bit of that guilt for spending all that money on really stupid corporate shit, Ralph Nader has a few ideas for worthy organizations that could use your help. Nader, in For […]

NADER CALLS OUT PELOSI FOR DOUBLE STANDARD…

December 6th, 2017

There are two elephants in the Men-Behaving-Bad Room at present: President Donald John Trump and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Ralph Nader, writing in Pelosi Called on Conyers to Resign But Not Trump?, addresses the first: Last week, Nancy Pelosi called on Congressman John Conyers to resign from office after allegations of sexual harassment were […]

THE VIGOR OF WAAC, PAAC & THE SPORTS’ JONES…

November 29th, 2017

So, I couldn’t care less about the wins or losses of Cleveland’s sports franchises, but I do care about the millions of tax dollars the owners suck out of the local economy while the needs of tax payers are ignored. This has long been the principle trope of Cleveland treasure Roldo Bartimole—who started as a […]

THE SAME OLD ACTIONS, THE SAME OLD RESULTS…

November 24th, 2017

Donald John Trump is president of the United States of America due to no small help from the clueless apparatchiks drones at the Democratic National Committee. The ’90s are over and the leaders of the Democratic Party need to wake up, clean house or risk following the Republican Party into obscurity. Ralph Nader has a […]

RALPH NADER ASKS: WHERE’S THE RAGE…?

November 21st, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever hesitated in posting one of Ralph Nader’s essays, but this one gave me pause. Not because I disagree with Nader, I don’t, but rather because he pivots from our current hurricane of rape/sexual abuse/sexual misconduct/creepy-man behavior to our culpability in our government’s slaughter of millions of innocents. I get that […]

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 […]

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