There is an extraordinary confluence of corporate and political power in the nation’s capital. The right-wing surge, called a revolution by some, seems to be predicated on the notion of: Take from the needy and give to the greedy. The wallets of the big boys are bulging as they climb into their Lear jets. Back on the ground most people are trying to make their monthly car payments. Corporate lobbyists craft and shape legislation that benefit their interests. The rest of the population is on its own. Money rules Washington.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Ralph Nader, a legendary figure, has spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of ordinary people. Life magazine ranked him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. The Atlantic named him one of the hundred most influential figures in U.S. history. Founder of Public Citizen, he is a long-time advocate for consumer safety and workers’ rights. He rose to fame in the 1960s when he took on General Motors and its unsafe Corvair car. His 1965 book Unsafe At Any Speed not only created a sensation but also was instrumental in the enactment of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. His efforts helped create the Environmental Protection Agency. He has exposed the misdeeds of the corporate sector as well as of the political system. In recent years he has led the struggles around NAFTA, the WTO, corporate welfare, and single-payer health care. He is the author of numerous books including Return to Sender, Unstoppable, To the Ramparts and Breaking Through Power. He is co-author of Fake President and Wrecking America.