An Unreasonable Man – Ralph Nader (2006) (no longer available)

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Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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An Unreasonable Man is a 2006 documentary film that traces the life and career of political activist Ralph Nader, the founder of modern consumer protection in America and frequent presidential candidate. The film was created to defend Nader and restore his reputation after his controversial role in the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

The first half of the film examines Nader’s advocacy for auto safety features, such as federally mandated seat belts and air bags, as well as his rise to national prominence following an invasion of privacy lawsuit against General Motors. It also examines the formation of independent advocacy groups (termed “Nader’s Raiders”) during the 1970s; organizations which carried out independent research on various federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. Over the next thirty years, the film argues, Nader “built a legislative record that would be the envy of any modern president.”

The second half of the film traces Nader’s shift to a grassroots form of organizing focused on citizen power, including his disillusionment with the two-party system following the rise of Reaganism. In assessing Nader’s effect as a third party candidate, the film examines Nader’s role as a spoiler in the 2000 presidential election.

The film presents interviews with current and former members of Nader’s Raiders, including Joan Claybrook and Robert Fellmeth, as well as politicians and political analysts such as Phil Donahue, Pat Buchanan, and Eric Alterman. The film takes its name from the George Bernard Shaw quote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

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Clip from the film

ct91rs on Jun 4, 2007

see

Who Stole The 2000 Election? (Hint: Not Nader) by Eric Ruder

Dispelling the Myth of Election 2000: Did Nader Cost Gore the Election?

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