[act-ma] 6/19 Chris Lydon interviews Ralph Nader "live" on 'OpenSource' (Tues)
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Mon Jun 18 14:15:54 PDT 2007
Ralph Nader: Super Hero or Über Spoiler?
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On Janury 22, 1968, a young Ralph Nader, clad in a suit of armor, starred as
Newsweeks cover boy. The headline read: Consumer Crusader, Ralph Nader.
And this was only one notch, among many, in his beltway legacy. By the mid
70s Nader was an American icon: famous for saving millions of lives, famous
as a public interest lawyer for having such a long, legislative record.
Imagine if you got into a car and the airbags said Ralph Nader, or if the
seatbelts said Nader, or if you look up at the clean air and it says
Nader. If people could see that on a day-to-day basis, they would
understand the effect that this guy has had on their daily lives.
James Musselman, Former Nader Raider, An Unreasonable Man, 2005
Hero or spoiler?
[snowball / Flickr]
But in 2000, when Nader tossed his hat into the presidentail ring, nearly
all that he had accomplished during his 40-year-career was forgotten. Having
been marked as the man who handed George W. Bush the key to the White House,
Nader was no longer Americas knight in shining armor he came to solely
represent the nadir of our political process. From President Jimmy Carter to
Michael Moore, practically every liberal in America sent Ralph packing for
the dog house.
Thank you Ralph for the Iraq war. Thank you Ralph for the tax cuts. Thank
you Ralph for the destruction of the environment. Thank you Ralph for the
destruction of the constitution
The man needs to go away. I think he needs
to live in a different country. Hes done enough damage to this one, let him
go and damage someone elses.
Eric Alterman of The Nation, An Unreasonable Man, 2005
We jumped at the chance to have Ralph Nader, one the most influential and
polarizing figures in America, on Open Source.
For those of you who want full Nader immersion, he has a new book out, The
Seventeen Traditions, which is a personal history of the values and idealism
that he was suffused with as a young boy growing up in Winsted, Connecticut.
There is also an excellent documentary on DVD, An Unreasonable Man, which
offers a non-partisan look at Naders life and enduring career.
What is your take on Nader? Are you more in sync with Naders Raiders or
Nader haters? As the 2008 election heats up do you miss his presence on the
campaign trail? Or his absence in the presidential debates? Do you see Nader
as a selfless activist or as an opportunistic megalomaniac? What questions
do you have for a man who has so firmly made his mark on our country?
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