Re: [sixties-l] Nader & Vietnam

From: William M Mandel (
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 17:42:57 CUT

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    Nader was just starting out, during the Vietnam War and the civil rights
    movements. He thought, and still thinks, that fighting corporate malfeasance
    and dominance is the key to everything else. It is precisely the fact that
    he is best known for his work in a field that a plurality of Americans agree
    with him on that makes him the appropriate glue for a movement that will
    need a plurality to win, whenever it does.
        This is from someone who would vote for Gore if he would commit himself
    against the death penalty, because I want to save Mumia's life. Barring such
    a step by Gore, I vote Nader.
                                    William Mandel

    Ted Morgan wrote:

    > Now third-hand, I received the following inquiry about Ralph Nader's
    > position (back then) on the Vietnam War (and on the civil rights
    > movement). Does anyone have any feedback on this?
    > Forwarded message:
    > >Got an interesting email from a friend today and I quote:
    > > "Well agree that Nader's current positions are superior...but what did
    > he have
    > > to say about the Vietnam War when we were fighting it? And where was
    > he
    > > during the Civil rights movement. He was very focused on other
    > important
    > > things, but to remain silent..or in the background..during those times
    > > loses my vote today!"
    > > Any suggestions for rebuttal? Rob
    > ======
    > My own take is, in light of Nader's public record since the 60s and his
    > current outspoken criticism of globalizing capitalism (not his term!)
    > and the erosion of democracy, that it doesn't greatly matter to me what
    > Nader's positions were on Vietnam & civil rights, though I strongly
    > suspect that he was critical and supportive respectively. He's getting
    > my vote anyway.
    > Ted Morgan

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