Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader addressed a full house in Pamplin Sports Center on October 6.
Senior Tina Radeke, chair of Students Organized for Activities, coordinated Naderís visit to Lewis & Clark, where he spoke about advocacy and community involvement, signed books, and talked one-on-one with students at a private reception.
Here are some of Naderís thoughts.
On corporations: "Commerce is supposed to be an instrument; the marketplace is supposed to be an instrument. Corporations are not supposed to be our masters. They are designed to be our servants."
On television: "There are 15 million undergraduate, graduate, and community college students in the United States. Thatís double the population of Sweden. We do not have one weekly 30-minute television program devoted to whatís going on on campuses other than sports. Thereís no channel for civic activity so that we can learn from one another."
On elections: "Any democracy, to maintain its integrity, has to have zones that are off limits to the For Sale sign. Public elections are a good place to start."
On democracy: "If you go through a week without doing anything as a citizen, youíre weakening our democracy. If you go through a year without doing anything, youíre weakening it even more. Youíre allowing power to be concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, so that the few make the decisions for the many."
ócompiled by Tricia Pearson í03
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