Ralph Nader: On Big Business Control of U.S. Government

Subject: Government Corruption / Corporate Influence
Themes: Worker's Rights Public Officials Economics and Business 21st Century Politicians Journalism and Media
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Video

The following text is from the Democracy Now! Youtube page. See the first video below the text. Part 2 is linked from the text.

Ralph Nader Portrait by Robert ShetterlyAmerican Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government

Describing the United States as an "advanced Third World country," longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls for a new mass movement to challenge the power corporations have in Washington. "It is not too extreme to call our system of government now 'American Fascism.' It's the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism," Nader says.

Watch Part 2 of this interview: http://youtu.be/oIZtPsAG33U

Nader continues: "We have the lowest minimum wage in the Western world. We have the greatest amount of consumer debt. We have the highest child poverty, the highest adult poverty, huge underemployment, a crumbling public works -- but huge multi-billionaires and hugely profitable corporations. I say to the American people: what's your breaking point? When are you going to stop making excuses for yourself? When are you going to stop exaggerating these powers when you know you have the power in this country if you organize it?" Nader has just published a new book, "Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns."

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