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Statement of Ralph Nader September 16, 2008 Before the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Restoring the Rule of Law”

Mr. Chairman and members of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on the important and fundamental topic of “Restoring the Rule of Law” to the workings of the Executive Branch. I ask that this statement be made part of the printed hearing record and I commend you for taking the initiative to explore what steps the next President and the next Congress must take to repair the massive damage that President George W. Bush has done to the rule of law and our democracy.

When the President beats the drums of war, the dictatorial side of American politics begins to rear its ugly head. Forget democratic processes, Congressional and judicial restraints, media challenges, and the facts. All of that goes out the door. Dissenting Americans may hold rallies in the streets, but their voices are drowned out by the President speaking from the bully pulpit.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the resulting quagmire, is Bush…

Q & A with Peter Wallison on Fannie and Freddie

Blurb:
Peter Wallison talked about the history and background of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. His books include Serving Two Masters, Yet Out of Control: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks: Why and How, both by AEI Press. He explained a video clip of Treasury Secretary Paulson from Sunday, September 7, 2008, announcing the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Mr. Wallison is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His previous positions include counsel to President Reagan, general counsel to the Treasury Department, and an aide to Nelson Rockefeller both his time as governor of New York and counsel during his vice presidency, 1972-1976.

Two Recent Howard Zinn Radio Interviews

Uprising Radio
August 22, 2008
Howard Zinn on Obama, McCain, and the State of American Politics

Free Speech Radio News
August 22, 2008
As Democratic convention protestors put the finishing touches on their protest plans, debate over the relevance of the protests exists among the left. Pacifica's Verna Avery Brown spoke with historian Howard Zinn and Labor Activist Bill Fletcher about protest tactics on her show What's At Stake. Professor Zinn encourages protest at the Democratic Convention.

Nader: Political Issues that Matter for 2008

Remember, these issues represent the tip of the political iceberg. But they are indicative of the corporate domination of the Democratic and Republican parties. Click on any of the issues in the table below for more information the issues that matter for 2008, or find out more about the Nader/Gonzalez position on other important issues, including the environment, social, fiscal, market, labor, political and foreign policy.
Nader Obama McCain Adopt single payer national health insurance On the table Off the table Off the table Cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget On the table Off the table Off the table No to nuclear power, solar energy firstOn the table Off the table Off the table Aggressive crackdown on corporate crime
and corporate welfare
On the table Off the table Off the table Open up the Presidential debates On the table Off the table Off the table Adopt a carbon pollution tax On the…

Ralph Nader, Statement on Auto Industry Bailouts

The Big Three are in big trouble, and they have themselves to thank for it.

Ford and General Motors have reported substantial losses in the second quarter amounting to $15.5 billion, and $8.7 billion, respectively, while Chrysler, which was bought off last year by a private equity firm, Cerberus, refuses to reveal its financial standing.

It is no wonder why their lobbyists were spotted schmoozing with members of Congress at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, liquoring up in their plush suites and private parties while they made their case for direct government loans which, if approved, would likely add to our federal deficit.

Last December, Congress approved a $25 billion loan to automakers and their suppliers under the Energy Independence and Security Act, though it has yet to be funded. That bill includes a modest requirement for automakers to increase their average vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 mpg -- a benchmark we should have set decades ago, and would allow the com…

Nader Releases 10-Point Plan to Recover from Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Toby Heaps, 202-441-6795, toby@votenader.org

RALPH NADER PREDICTED WALL STREET MELTDOWN 8 YEARS AGOEight years ago, consumer advocate Ralph Nader correctly predicted that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) were on track to follow the savings and loan industry of the 1980s and 90s into a big financial heap of trouble. Nobody listened, and taxpayers are now at risk of losing tens of billions of dollars. Wall Street is being shaken to its foundation. American International Group Inc., the biggest U.S. insurer by assets, is now teetering on the brink of ruin after suffering losses of $18 billion in the past three quarters, largely due to its sub prime mortgage exposure. "Nader Rips Mae and Mac," declared the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal on June 16, 2000. "Ralph Nader, warning of a potenti…

Richard Lewontin, "Internalist Explorations of Meaning," Harvard, December 13, 2007

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Noam Chomsky, "A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior" in Language, 35, No. 1 (1959), 26-58.

The original demolition of Skinner -- pretty entertaining to read!

Chomsky later pilloried Skinner further -- negative reinforcement? -- in the NYRB on the occasion of another, more popular (and frightening, from what I can glean) book of Skinner's, which I'll paste in below:
Volume 17, Number 11 · December 30, 1971The Case Against B.F. Skinner By Noam ChomskyBeyond Freedom and Dignityby B.F. SkinnerKnopf, 225 pp., $6.95IA century ago, a voice of British liberalism described the "Chinaman" as "an inferior race of malleable orientals."[1] During the same years, anthropology became professionalized as a discipline, "intimately associated with the rise of raciology."[2] Presented with the claims of nineteenth-century racist anthropology, a rational person will ask two sorts of questions: What is the scientific status of the claims? What social or ideological needs do they serve? The questions are logically independent, but the second type of question n…