Ralph Nader Radio Interview Promoting New Book and Much More
Posted over at Independent Political Report:
I was listening to the radio last night and happened to catch Ralph Nader being interviewed on Radio Times, a locally broadcast show on WHYY, the Philadelphia NPR outlet. The main topic was his new novel “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!”, but he was talked about his regrets (the interviewer kept trying to get him to say he regretted running for president), ballot access, a new national third party, the Green Party, and many other topics that are relevant to third parties. It was a much more in-depth look at these issues – and one from a perspective rarely heard in the mainstream media – than can usually be heard or seen in the media.
Nader is currently on a book tour because of the release of his novel. You can listen to the full interview here, and I highly suggest doing so.
There was one thing Nader mentioned about the Green Party that really popped out at me during the interview.
Caller: Please start a legitimate third party. Make the Greens a legitimate power.
Nader: It’s easier said then done. I went to all kinds of gatherings of Green parties around the country I raised a lot of money for them. They do squabble among one another and couldn’t put it together.
To some extent I believe Nader is right in that we have a long way to go in organizing our internal operations of running a party and what it takes to win (a more successful fundraising operation, etc), but I disagree with his implicit sentiment that pretty much says Greens won’t be able to do it. That’s what I at least saw in that comment.
One reform within the party that I wish had some traction is to move toward a single Green Party chair. I can understand people’s concerns that this would “centralize power,” but it doesn’t have to if we make the chair merely a spokesperson to articulate our policy in the media and make him/her answerable to the Green National Committee or a steering committee equivalent. Green Parties around the world have a single chair/leader or co-leaders and they are much more successful in reaching out to the media and public because they can put a face to the message. Not so with 7 co-chairs. By the way, this is just one Green’s opinion, not that of Green Party Watch or other editors.
What do you think about Nader’s interview on his book and about his comments about the Greens?