Thursday, October 20, 2016
Ralph Nader: Audit the Pentagon
By Robert Wenzel
Ralph Nader was in San Francisco at Citylights Bookstore Tuesday night promoting his new book, Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think,
Nader said that community organizations must be formed to put direct pressure on Congress
He called Congress the most powerful branch of government but said legislators were afraid of the people.
He noted that military contractors don't stage marches and other protests but have lobbyists that focus on congressmen and that "the people" should do the same. He emphasized the point: "Have you seen lobbyists run a march or street protest for a new spending on submarines?"
He called the war in Iraq a criminal invasion by the United States and called for an audit of the Pentagon and said there was great potential for a left-right alliance and even name dropped the great libertarian, Ron Paul.
Some of the policy positions advocated by Nader could cross the left-right spectrum. However, many certainly are not positions that libertarians could support. He called, for example, for national healthcare and a higher minimum wage. Out of about 20 specific policy positions that he listed, that he thought could link the left and right, only about 4 could be supported from a libertarian perspective.
For the libertarian, there are tactics discussed in the book that may be of value, but not much of value as far as policy.
His new book is just 4.9 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches and only 168 pages.
"I have learned to pay attention to the new short attention spans," he said in explanation for the slim volume.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.