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Obama: Too Cool for Trump’s Crises

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:14
By Ralph Nader October 10, 2017 Back in the nineteen seventies, there was a best-seller, widely read in the business community, called Winning through Intimidation. Barack Obama should pick up a copy, because that is what Donald Trump may be … Continue reading →

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:54
A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story … Continue reading →

Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:16
By Ralph Nader September 26, 2017 One of the first times I used the phrase “institutional insanity” was in 1973 to describe the behavior of scientist Dixy Lee Ray, chairperson of the presumed regulatory agency, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). … Continue reading →

The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:19
By Ralph Nader September 20, 2017 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 … Continue reading →

Destructive Stock Buybacks—That You Pay For

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:48
By Ralph Nader September 13, 2017 The monster of economic waste—over $7 trillion of dictated stock buybacks since 2003 by the self-enriching CEOs of large corporations—started with a little noticed change in 1982 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) … Continue reading →

Needed – An Educational Institute to Extend Dick Gregory’s Legacies

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:44
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 … Continue reading →

Can the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:29
Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most … Continue reading →

Dick Gregory

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:09
The loss of justice-fighter, satirist Dick Gregory, at age 84 was received with cries from his friends that “he was one of a kind.” No one showed up, here and abroad where people in severe crises needed empathy and support, … Continue reading →

Barack Obama: What’s He Waiting For?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:15
By Ralph Nader August 22, 2017 The most popular Democratic leader by far is still former President Barack Obama. Despite this popularity,  many of the signature accomplishments of his modest legacy are being brutishly unraveled – being repealed , suspended … Continue reading →