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Ральф Нейдер

Дата рождения: 27. Февраль 1934

Ральф Нейдер — американский адвокат и политический активист левоцентристского толка. Выступал в поддержку прав потребителей, феминизма, гуманитаризма, охраны окружающей среды и демократического правительства. В последние десятилетия Нейдер также критиковал внешнюю политику США, которую считает корпоратистской, империалистской и не придерживающейся фундаментальных ценностей демократии и прав человека. Его активизм сыграл важную роль в создании ряда государственных и негосударственных организаций, таких как EPA, OSHA, Public Citizen, группы PIRG и многие другие.

Нейдер участвовал в выборах Президента США четырежды: в 1996, 2000, 2004 и 2008 гг. В 1996 и 2000 годах был кандидатом от Партии зелёных; его кандидатом в вице-президенты была Вайнона Ла-Дьюк. В 2004 году он был независимым кандидатом с активистом зелёных Питером Мигелем Камехо в качестве его кандидата на пост вице-президента. В 2008 году — независимый кандидат; на пост вице-президента вместе с ним выдвигался Мэтью Гонсалес. Наибольшего успеха добился в 2000 году, набрав 2,74 % голосов и заняв третье место.

Нейдер владеет многими языками помимо английского, в том числе арабским, испанским, китайским и русским.

„Солнечная энергетика пока не развивается, поскольку Солнце не принадлежит нефтяным компаниям.“

„Задача лидера в том, чтобы было больше лидеров, а не в том, чтобы было больше тех, кто следует за лидером.“

„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.“

„Your best teacher is your last mistake.“

„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.“

„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.“

„Let it not be said by a future, forlorn generation that we wasted and lost our great potential because our despair was so deep we didn't even try, or because each of us thought someone else was worrying about our problems.“

„Moral courage is the highest expression of humanity...“ Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

„As a public interest lawyer, your fund of injustice will never be empty.“

„A society with more justice needs less charity.“

„Members of Congress are like the voters in one respect -- they want to go with the winners.“ Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

„If the people are the landlords of the public airwaves and the television and radio stations are the tenants, why don’t the tenants pay rent?“ The Seventeen Solutions: New Ideas for Our American Future

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