Breaking Through Power

It’s easier than we think.

In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging—and often winning—David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. In this succinct, Tom Paine-style wake-up call, the iconic consumer advocate highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment and the quality of national life today. Nader makes an inspired case about how the nation can—and must—be democratically managed by communities guided by the U.S. Constitution, not by the dictates of big businesses and the wealthy few. This is classic Ralph Nader, a crystallization of the core political beliefs and commitments that have driven his lifetime of advocacy for greater democracy.

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Breaking Through Power Speakers

Day 1 (5/23/2016)

Ralf Hotchkiss on Developing Wheelchairs in Third World Countries

Jim Hightower on Rallying the Public to Defeat the Corporate Elites

Jeff Ruch on the Importance of Public Employees as Environmental Advocates and Stewards

Al Fritsch on Renewable Technologies in Appalachia

Janet Domenitz on the History, Importance, and Future of Public Interest Research Groups

Jay Feldman on Pesticides

Ralph Nader on Left-Right Support Public Interest Policy and What to Expect from the Rest of the Breaking Through Power Event

Day 2 (5/24/2016)

Kevin Zeese on Net Neutrality

Nicholas Johnson on the American Broadcast Regulation System

Michael Copps on the Decline of Newsrooms, the Future of Investigative Journalism and Net Neutrality

John Nichols on the Freedom of the Press, Media Monopolies and What the Media Covers

Jeff Cohen on Our Corporatized Media System and Jeff Chester on Corporate Advertisers and Privacy Concerns

Phil Donahue on His Show, Nader, and What Kind of Media We Want

Patti Smith Live at Breaking Through Power

Mark Green on the Corporate Media, Why We Cannot Trust the Mass Media to Give It to Us Straight, and Right-Wing Media

Eugene Jarecki, Laura Flanders and Jim Naureckas on Public Media, the Messages We Are Getting From the Media, and the “Fracking” of Democracy

Mickey Huff on Censorship and the Importance of a Free Press

Matt Wuerker on How Political Cartoons Can Help Us Break Through Power

Jim Hightower and Jeff Chester on How We Can Get Past the Gatekeepers so the People’s Media Can Come Through and the Impact of Digital Advertising on the Political Process

William Binney and Kirk Wiebe on Government Surveillance/Intelligence

Ralph Nader on “Voices” and the Mass Media

Day 3 (5/25/2016)

Ralph Nader on the Mass Commercial Media and American Involvement Overseas

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on Why We Will Always be at War

Paul Pillar on the United States’ Impulse to Perpetually be at War

Matthew Hoh and Raed Jarrar on how the Wars of Today Are No Different From the Wars of the Past and the Horrors that Civilians Face After Their Home Country Has Been Attacked

Jim Cason on How More Engagement Can Encourage Peacebuilding

Kevin Martin on Nuclear Disarmament

Medea Benjamin on the Drone Program Under Obama, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Peace Movement

Eugene Jarecki and Chris Hedges on the Press’ Involvement in the War, the Liberal Elite, and the Military Industrial Complex

Phil Donahue on the Iraq War

William Hartung and Danielle Brian on the Military Industrial Complex

Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou and Jesselyn Radack on Whistleblowers and Government Overclassification

Colman McCarthy on Peace and Nonviolence

Michael McPhearson on if Peace is Possible

Barry Ladendorf on Actions Taken to Advance the Peace Movement

Allan Nairn on US Oppression Overseas

Stephen Kinzer on American Interventionism

Ralph Nader on American Foreign Policy and the Next Step Forward

Day 4 (5/26/2016)

Ralph Nader on the Broad Behavior of Congress and the Power of the People

Mark Green on Corporate Money in Congress and Voting

Dennis Kucinich on Public Budgets

Marta Tellado on Consumers

Greg LeRoy on Economic Development and Tax Incentives

Ralph Nader on the Commons

Russell Mokhiber on Corporate Crime

Karen Higgins on Medicare for All

Mark Dimondstein on Labor Law Reform and Privatization

Robert Pollin on Raising the Minimum Wage, a Base Income and Economic Inequality

Lori Wallach on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Michael Shuman on Local Businesses

S. David Freeman on Energy and Climate Change

Bruce Fein and Jonathan Turley on the Constitution and the Importance of Congress Asserting its Power

Ralph Nader on the Power of Citizens

Medea Benjamin on the Importance of Lobbying Congress

Wenonah Hauter on Grassroots Action

Miles Rapoport on Campaign Finance Reform

Ralph Nader on the Importance of Organizing and the Power of Citizens


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