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Ralph Nader Quotes


An American lawyer and Green Party politician.
(1934 - )

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...the Democratic and Republican parties, two apparently distinct political entities feeding at the same corporate trough.
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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.
 

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
 

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.
 

Every time I see something terrible, it's like I see it at age 19. I keep a freshness that way.
 

For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.
[Insurance]
 

Half of democracy is about just showing up.
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I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations.
[Business]
 

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
 

John D. Rockefeller wanted to dominate oil, but Microsoft wants it all, you name it: cable, media, banking, car dealerships.
 

Let's not just look at it as taking votes away from Gore. Our support comes from a lot of people.
 

Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret.
 

No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling.
 

Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
 

Our founders did not oust George III in order for us to crown Richard I.
 

People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans.
[Technology]
 

Power has to be insecure to be responsive.
 

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.
 

Sanctions against polluters are feeble and out of date, and are rarely invoked.
 

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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