[Marxism] The crusade against Ralph Nader continues...
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Thu Jul 1 05:47:02 MDT 2004
(The liberal crusade against Ralph Nader continues unabated despite the
victory of David "Kerry" Cobb. This is from salon.com, a wretched online
publication that serves as a tag-team partner for the Nation Magazine in
policing the left.)
The dark side of Ralph Nader
He's made a career of railing against corporate misdeeds. Yet he himself
has abused his underlings, betrayed close friends and ruled his
public-interest empire like a dictator.
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By Lisa Chamberlain
July 1, 2004 | Ralph Nader spent his 70th birthday with Bill Maher on
his HBO show "Real Time," where Maher pressed him on exactly what his
controversial fourth presidential campaign will contribute to the
national debate. Nader repeated once again that he's the only candidate
not beholden to "corporate America."
While Nader's legacy as a consumer advocate is unparalleled, it is worth
noting that the onetime national hero wasn't celebrating his landmark
birthday surrounded by the hundreds of people he has worked with and
influenced over four decades. Indeed, virtually no one who worked with
him since the heady days of Nader's Raiders is supporting him
politically or personally today. He has inspired almost no loyalty and
instead has alienated many of his closest associates. Yet this is not a
new phenomenon, the result of his ruinous campaign for president in
2000, but a long-festering and little-known antipathy that dates back to
his earliest days as a public figure.
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