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Forum Post: The Creator of OSHA and the EPA

Posted 6 years ago on Dec. 11, 2012, 9:25 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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Why do you think THEY work so hard to keep him shut out?

It is difficult to name anyone who, over the last half century, has made more important contributions to the United States legal, political and business systems than Ralph Nader. Indeed, many of the changes that Nader has effected have become so integrated into mainstream culture that his accomplishments are now taken for granted.

For example, did you know that it is Ralph Nader who was responsible for the creation of OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the Consumer Product Safety Administration? And did you know that Nader was instrumental in the adoption of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Wholesome Meat Act, and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act? (Indeed, it was Ralph Nader who maneuvered the auto industry into making airbags available on American cars.) However, more than anything else, Nader is responsible for a wholesale shift in contemporary attitudes toward consumer rights, public safety, humane business practices, and open government.

So many have attacked this man and blamed him for all the world's problems. When you do that... the growing corrupted establishment wins and you create a shadow over the real problem.




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[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (22855) 6 years ago

Good post, Trevor. Oftentimes people who truly think out-of-the box like Nader and Hedges, etc. get pounced upon very unfairly, when in fact, their pushing of the envelope does more to create change than these idiots that kow tow to the current system.

[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Well said. Totally agree.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33733) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

The good that one individual can do or inspire - can be really incredible.

These individuals will come under attack as they are often seen by the Greedy/self-serving as a roadblock to their schemes for quick and easy wealth that damn all consequences to anyone or anything in there accomplishment.

[-] -2 points by BurmesePython (-66) 6 years ago

I have never seen Nader blamed as you state. He as become a bit of a gadfly, and maybe that accounts for some backlash.