This exclusive interview with Ralph Nader covers a wide range of issues that offer insight into the thinking of the man Life magazine has ranked among this century’s 100 most influential Americans. Nader talks about the current political scene, the environment, media and his childhood hero, Lou Gehrig. The Citizen Nader interview is an excellent companion to his speech “Beyond Politics as Usual”.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Recorded at Loyola Law School.
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.