|Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Ralph Nader (Photo credit: neatnessdotcom)|
Ralph Nader, in a superb, revealing interview with The Real News’ Paul Jay, casts acritical eye over the history he has lived, and finds the United States fallingbehind the rest of the developed world, largely because they were so spooked byJoseph McCarthy that they became so empirical they were afraid to see the big picture,afraid of being called followers of some dreaded ism, like socialism. Everyone with a concern about the directionof the modern world should read this interview, here.
(“…even the '60s. Number one, it was the Cultural Revolution, so they couldn't really say ism. You know, they might say wastrelism or, you know, anarchism, but, you know, it wasn't some foreign ideology. The other part was concrete reforms, civil rights, women's rights, the beginning of gay-lesbian rights, the rights of students on campus, and then consumer rights, and then environment. You see how programmatic it was. Everybody avoided linking it together and basically saying, you know, big-time corporate capitalism is an omnicidal momentum. I mean, it just has one thing in mind, and it will destroy or weaken or co-opt anything in its way that is civic, that is democratic.”)
(“The other part is corporations have been very clever in distracting people, especially young generation, with entertainment, with professional sports, turning them into spectators. Now you've got, you know, 24/7 entertainment. There's no end to it. And they've also been very good in making people internalize a sense of powerlessness. And the moment people think they can't fight Exxon or City Hall or whatever, they become powerless by definition. They create their own powerlessness.”)