Ralph Nader on How He Came to Write: “Unsafe at Any Speed” (video)

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Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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The importance of an individual developing “civic skills” and a “civic personality” in order to bring about “social change” in our society, was raised by the activist, author and former presidential candidate, Ralph Nader. He said: “Democracy is like a river.” He was appearing at a “Symposium on Free Speech,” on September 17, 2007, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was cosponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) and the Maryland state branch of the ACLU. Before a capacity audience, Mr. Nader recalled how he was personally inspired as the result of the deaths of friends in automobile accidents in “low speed crashes” to write his best-selling 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.” He labeled the carnage on the highways, “a blood bath.”