How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 5, 2010

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup. Nader’s marginalization was not accidental. It was orchestrated to thwart the legislation that Nader and his allies—who once consisted of many in the Democratic Party—enacted to prevent corporate abuse, fraud and control. He was targeted to be destroyed. And by the time he was shut out of the political process with the election of Ronald Reagan, the government was in the hands of corporations. Nader’s fate mirrors our own.

“The press discovered citizen investigators around the mid-1960s,” Nader told me when we spoke a few days ago. “I was one of them. I would go down with the press releases, the findings, the story suggestions and the internal documents and give it to a variety of reporters. I would go to Congress and generate hearings. Oftentimes I would be the lead witness. What was interesting was the novelty; the press gravitates to novelty. They achieved great things. There was collaboration. We provided the newsworthy material. They covered it. The legislation passed. Regulations were issued. Lives were saved. Other civic movements began to flower.”


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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5 thoughts on “How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too by Chris Hedges

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  3. To me it is so obvious what the corporate lobbyists have done to sabotage Ralph Nader. I have long wondered why others haven’t noticed.

    I have tried many times to explain this to others, but realize that I am no match for the expertise of the corporate spinner doctors or the media’s deliberate negligence.

    Your explanation if much appreciated. It is time some one spoke up on behalf of a man who should be president.

    By the way, I helped make phone calls for the Nader campaign for President last year. I didn’t look forward to making cold calls to voters. But when I did, I found it difficult to get off the phone. I couldn’t count the times the person I called would want to talk about Mr. Nader. One woman said, “Nader should have been president years ago. We wouldn’t be in this mess.”

  4. And now we have two political mobs, the Democrats and Republicans fighting over the spoils of running the government for the multi-nationals and the uber wealthy …

    Tea Party … Coffee Party, whoever wins, Republicans or Democrats,the real players, the corporatocracy remains in charge …

    Any and all fights are to scare the public into demanding more, not less, repressive action by the Federal Government … They do not want to impose fascism, they want the public scared into demanding it. All the tools are already in place to make it a fait acompli . it matters not …

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