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Ralph Nader

Fecha de nacimiento: 27. Febrero 1934

Ralph Nader es un activista y abogado estadounidense que se opone al poder de las grandes corporaciones y ha trabajado durante décadas a favor del medio ambiente, los derechos del consumidor y la democracia. Nader también ha criticado duramente la política exterior estadounidense, que él ve como corporativista, imperialista y contraria a los valores fundamentales de la democracia y los derechos humanos.

Nader fue el candidato presidencial del Partido Verde en las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos de los años 1996 y 2000 . Sin embargo, en 2004, el Partido Verde propuso a David Cobb, y Nader se presentó como candidato independiente en las elecciones presidenciales de 2004. En algunos estados, Nader consiguió entrar en listas gracias a ganar como candidato de un partido político alternativo, como el Partido Reformado y en otros, llegando a formar un Populist Party . Su candidato a la vicepresidencia en 2004 fue el activista del Partido Verde Peter Camejo.


„Empiezo con la premisa de que la función del liderazgo es producir más líderes, no más seguidores.“

„No creo que las comidas tengan nada desgravable. Estoy a favor de la separación de calorías y corporaciones.“


„Tu mejor profesor es tu último error.“

„Si eliges el mal menor entre dos males, al final del día, todavía tienes un mal.“

„La única diferencia (entre los Partidos Demócratas y Republicano estadounidense) es la velocidad con la que sus rodillas alcanzan el suelo cuando las grandes compañías llaman a sus puertas.“

„Este país tiene más problemas de los que se merece y más soluciones de las que se solicitan.“

„El uso de energía solar no ha sido desarrollado porque la industria del petróleo no posee el sol.“

„Al igual que el sexo en la Inglaterra victoriana, la realidad de las grandes empresas de hoy es nuestro gran secreto sucio.“


„The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.“

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

„Ours is a system of corporate socialism, where companies capitalize their profits and socialize their losses…in effect, they tax you for their accidents, bungling, boondoggles, and mismanagement, just like a government. We should be able to deselect them.“

„Your best teacher is your last mistake.“


„Since I was a law student, I have been against the death penalty. It does not deter. It is severely discriminatory against minorities, especially since they're given no competent legal counsel defense in many cases. It's a system that has to be perfect. You cannot execute one innocent person. No system is perfect. And to top it off, for those of you who are interested in the economics it, it costs more to pursue a capital case toward execution than it does to have full life imprisonment without parole“

„There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.“

„You should not allow yourself the luxuries of discouragement of despair. Bounce back immediately, and welcome the adversity because it produces harder thinking and harder drive to get to the objective.“

„[Free trade agreements] are trade agreements that don't…they colonize environmental labor, and consumer issues of grave concern (in terms of health safety, and livelihoods too) to many, many hundreds of millions of people - and they do that by subordinating consumer, environmental, and labor issues to the imperatives and the supremacy of international commerce.

That is exactly the reverse of how democratic societies have progressed, because over the decades they've progressed by subordinating the profiteering priorities of companies to, say, higher environmental health standards; abolition of child labor; the right of workers to have fair worker standards…and it's this subordination of these three major categories that affect people's lives, labor, environment, the consumer, to the supremacy and domination of trade; where instead of trade getting on its knees and showing that it doesn't harm consumers - it doesn't deprive the important pharmaceuticals because of drug company monopolies, it doesn't damage the air and water and soil and food (environmentally), and it doesn't lacerate the rights of workers - no, it's just the opposite: it's workers and consumers and environments that have to kneel before this giant pedestal of commercial trade and prove that they are not, in a whole variety of ways, impeding international commerce…so this is the road to dictatorial devolution of democratic societies: because these trade agreements have the force of law, they've got enforcement teeth, and they bypass national courts, national regulatory agencies, in ways that really reflect a massive, silent, mega-corporate coup d'etat…that was pulled off in the mid-1990's.“

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