Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man (2005)

Posted: May 19, 2009 in Joe Giambrone
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The last honest American public figure.


Get the DVD: An Unreasonable Man

The opening shot of the film:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” –George Bernard Shaw, “Man and Superman” 1903

Review: This documentary highlights Ralph Nader’s career as a consumer-advocate lawyer, an organizer, and a presidential candidate. The interviews come from many detractors and supporters, as well as Nader himself and members of his family. The film is informative and shows, for the record, Ralph Nader’s long and historic career which literally changed America in countless ways.

From seatbelts and airbags, safer car designs, labeling laws for foods and medicines, to stopping the expansion of the nuclear industry, Nader’s mark has been heroic, moral and effective.

Nader learned early on that the Democrats would betray the public interest, despite photo-ops pretending to the contrary. His relationship with the president Jimmy Carter went sour after Carter refused to “expend political capital” in the interest of creating a federal agency to act as a consumer’s advocate such as Nader and his “Raiders” were doing as private citizens.

The bulk of the film centers on electoral politics, of course, where Democrats, “liberal” commentators, and even former “Raiders” speak frankly, if not always rationally, about their contempt for Nader’s presidential campaigns.

The film tries to illuminate the many sides to the questions about Nader’s presidential runs. Some of the most rabid and vicious detractors, such as Eric Alterman, disgrace themselves in a hail of repugnant anti-democratic blather. The fact, despite the “liberal” backlash, is that Ralph Nader has every right to speak freely and to seek public office in this country. Their vicious attacks against him amount to an authoritarian and anti-democratic position.

Even Michael Moore is shown blatantly contradicting his own speech from 2000, as he demands support for John Kerry in 2004.

Politics is quite a dirty business, as is shown unflinchingly by the filmmakers. This film is a must-see for an understanding of modern politics and the forces at play therein.

See also:
Ralph Nader, In Pursuit of Justice
In Pursuit of Justice

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