Nader on 2008, corporate statism, etc.

The article is here.

The hightlights are below:

  • The US military budget…is half of the entire federal government’s operating budget
  • “We are in the advanced stages of being a corporate state, where — as Franklin Delano Roosevelt warned Congress in 1938 that when government is controlled by private economic power, he called that fascism. And he would consider today’s control by private economic power — namely, giant corporations astride the world — as an even more advanced form of what he called fascism: control of government by corporate interests.”
  • Corporations are dictatorships. “…if we want a society where people have the opportunity to fulfill life’s possibilities, doesn’t that tell you what the priorities are, which is focusing on subordinating the corporate entity to the sovereignty of the American people, as implied in the Constitution, so that they are our servants, not our masters, so that they have to compete against other models of economic development, like cooperatives, like replacing the HMO insurance companies with full Medicare, like decentralized solar replacing more and more of Exxon and Peabody Coal and the nuclear industry, like a redefinition of efficiency in productivity as if people mattered, not as if corporations dominate
  • Labor unions:
    • have “got to mount an assault on the WTO and NAFTA.”
    • must finally repeal Taft-Hartley
  • The media
    • “have bought into the wealth election.”
    • “have made possible a private form of corporate government, known as the Commission on Presidential Debates.”
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton is a corporatist. She’s on the Senate Armed Services Committee, didn’t lift a finger against major corrupt, unnecessary weapons system contracting or even weapons system.”
  • Gore has been environmentally reborn. He is experiencing a important redemption…He is now basically a full-time citizen alerting the world to the peril of global warming and getting some pretty muscular forces behind them, behind his efforts…”
  • Barak Obama “…as he said in his book, how can you keep raising that kind of money from those kind of interests and not have it affect you? And he’s now in a race with Hillary to raise 300 million bucks. He’s trying to do a lot of it on the internet in small amounts, but he’s going to one economic sector interest after another raising money. And so, the question is whether he’s going to mobilize the people or he’s going to parade in front of the people. And if he does that, he’s not going to be a distinguished winner if he wins… I was very upset the other day when I heard him say publicly that he wanted to expand and modernize the military.”
  • “Edwards making a good point on poverty…Edwards is not good on foreign policy.”
  • “Rudy Giuliani? Rudy Giuliani is the one-note candidate. No one has ever made more political capital out of what might be called “9/11 showupmanship.” I mean, what did he really do? He showed up, which is — quicker than Bush did, right?”
  • “John McCain? He’s good on auto safety…The American people will not elect a Republican in 2008, but they will definitely not elect a Republican who is for continuing the war in Iraq. “
  • Bloomberg … could easily turn it into a three-way race if he runs as an Independent. There’s talk of a Bloomberg-Senator Hagel ticket, and that could not just be another Perot rerun, it could really be a winning ticket… I don’t think he’s good on corporate welfare.”
  • Ballot access: “If I was going to run — and I have not decided at all — the biggest problem is getting on the ballot. The Democrats filed twenty-one phony suits against us. We won most of them, but it was very draining…It’s very hard to get liberals who love civil rights and civil liberties and who are Democrats to be at all excited about the systemic obstruction of fifty state laws at one level or another that can be used by either Democrat or Republicans against third-party candidates…that’s where all the great ideas came from. In the nineteenth century it was the anti-slavery party [Free Soil Party], the women’s suffrage party [Equal Rights Party], the farmer party [Greenback Labor Party, Populist Party, Progressive Party, Farmer-Labor Party], all the things we read about briefly in our history books that pushed these social justice movements before one or both of the two parties picked up on them. So they’re — you know what I like to say? What would happen to nature if it prohibited seeds from sprouting?”
  • Mass Movements:
    • “…half of democracy is showing up. So why don’t workers who have lost their jobs or their pensions to industries that have gone to communist China with US Department of Commerce subsidy and encouragement, why don’t they mass and rally?
    • “Why, for example, can’t a coalition of existing groups — the Urban Coalition, the NAACP, the trade unions, the consumer, the environmental groups, the neighborhood groups — in each city sponsor auditorium sessions for the major candidates or whatever candidates they want to invite that are going through New York or Boston or Houston or Denver or Los Angeles or St. Louis or Miami? They couldn’t turn them down. And they could say, “We want you to be here at the auditorium to respond to our agenda. We’re the ones who are going to say no. We’re the ones who are going to say yes.””
  • Healthcare: “…it would look like full Medicare for everybody, whereby the government is the payer. The government now pays over 50% of the healthcare bill. Huge amount of waste in fraud inflicted by these corporations on Medicare and Medicaid, for example, drug companies getting all kinds of corporate subsidies. So the government is already over 50% — federal, state and local government. “
  • How to get national health care: “It would take about a million people spending 800 million hours over a period of two years in key congressional districts. You’ve got about 25% of the Congress already for it. “
  • George W. Bush: “…he’s a national security menace. He’s a destroyer of our Constitution, a violator of our statutes, a revoker of our regulations. He’s a war monger. He’s a war criminal, clinically a war criminal. And he’s still in charge. And I said some time ago, he’s a giant corporation in the White House masquerading as a human being, although I sometimes wonder about the wordhuman.” “

Posted on July 10, 2007, in Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve voted for Nader before and I’m looking forward to doing it again! If he don’t run I’ll write him in!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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