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Ralph Nader
Personal details
Born (1934-02-27) February 27, 1934 (age 82)
Winsted, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Green (affiliated non-member)
Democratic (affiliated non-member)
Republican (affiliated non-member)
Vermont Progressive Party (affiliated non-member)
Populist Party of Maryland (affiliated non-member)
Alma mater Princeton University (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)
Religion Antioch Greek Orthodoxy[1][2][3]
Awards Gandhi Peace Award
Horchow Award for Public Service by a Private Citizen
Automotive Hall of Fame
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1959

The nation is faced with one of the most corporate-orientated anti-consumer Congresses in our history.
Ralph Nader
The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference.
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Let's not just look at it as taking votes away from Gore. Our support comes from a lot of people.
Ralph Nader
Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret.
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A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
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The 'democracy gap' in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the 'least worst' every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the 'least worst' gets worse.
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Power has to be insecure to be responsive.
If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists.
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Once you don't vote your ideals… that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
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We must strive to become good ancestors.
Sanctions against polluters are feeble and out of date, and are rarely invoked.
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The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.
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I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
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Every time I see something terrible, it's like I see it at age 19. I keep a freshness that way.
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When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.
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The shortcomings of America's political leaders do not stop at our borders.
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John D. Rockefeller wanted to dominate oil, but Microsoft wants it all, you name it: cable, media, banking, car dealerships.
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The networks are not some chicken-coop manufacturing lobby whose calls nobody returns.
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There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling.
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I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations.
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It is fascinating to watch legislators turn away from their usual corporate grips when they hear the growing thunder of the people.
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I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.'
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President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people.
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A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
The liberal intelligentsia has allowed its party to become a captive of corporate interests.
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Our founders did not oust George III in order for us to crown Richard I.
Your best teacher is your last mistake.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
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The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
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Up against the corporate government, voters find themselves asked to choose between look-alike candidates from two parties vying to see who takes the marching orders from their campaign paymasters and their future employers. The money of vested interest nullifies genuine voter choice and trust.
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For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.
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This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.
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People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans.
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