Ralph Nader to speak in area on corporate and government 'alliance'

Ralph Nader, the author, activist, crusading attorney and presidential candidate, will speak about his newest book on Saturday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at the Milford Barnes & Noble, 1375 Boston Post Road, Milford.

Nader will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his books purchased at the store in advance or at the author event. The new book is entitled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.”

A current concern of Nader is the growing “imperialism” of multinational corporations and of a dangerous convergence of corporate and government power.

A magazine he founded in 1980, Multinational Monitor, tracks the global intrusion of multinational corporations and their impact on developing nations, labor and the environment.

‘U.S.’s toughest customer’

Nader’s documented criticism of government and industry has had a widespread effect on public awareness and bureaucratic power. Time Magazine has described the Connecticut native — he grew up in Winsted — as “U.S.’s toughest customer.”

Nader first made headlines in 1965 with his book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles.

Since 1966, his crusading has played a role in at least eight major federal consumer protection laws such as the motor vehicle safety laws and Safe Drinking Water Act; the launching of federal regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environment Protection Agency, and Consumer Product Safety Administration; the recall of millions of defective motor vehicles, and access to government through the Freedom of Information Act of 1974.

Four-time presidential candidate

Nader’s advocacy also work is found in the U.S. civil justice system, banking and insurance industries and financial sector.

He has run for president four times, from 1996 to 2008, as either the Green Party nominee or as an independent candidate.

When reportedly asked to define himself, Nader reportedly responds, “Full-time citizen, the most important office in America for anyone to achieve.”

For more information

For information about Nader’s appearance, call Karen Dydzuhn, Milford Barnes & Noble community business development manager, at 203-301-0371. Registration is requested to attend.