Ralph Nader was named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water and work in safer environments for more than four decades. The crusading attorney first made headlines in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to Congressional hearings and automobile safety laws passed in 1966, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. He was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many lives have been saved by Nader’s involvement in the recall of millions of unsafe consumer products, including defective motor vehicles and in the protection of laborers and the environment. By starting dozens of citizen groups, Ralph Nader has created an atmosphere of corporate and governmental accountability.
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CHRIS HEDGES, DAYS OF REVOLT: Hi. Welcome to Days of Revolt.This is part two of my conversation with Ralph Nader, the author of Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, as well as Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015. Ralph of course was a former presidential candidate, has been a longtime consumer rights activist, lawyer. And today we’re going to discuss the phenomenon of third parties and the candidacy of Bernie Sanders and what’s happening within the Democratic Party as we approach our own presidential elections.
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