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Ralph Nader quotes

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

The 'democracy gap' in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the 'least worst' every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the 'least worst' gets worse.

For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.

Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.

Power has to be insecure to be responsive.

We must strive to become good ancestors.

President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people.

The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference.

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.

The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.

When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated.

People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans.

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.

The nation is faced with one of the most corporate-orientated anti-consumer Congresses in our history.

This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.