Ralph Nader: Why Small Business Owners Are the True Capitalists

For the past four decades, consumer advocate and lawyer Ralph Nader has been instrumental in uncovering government and corporate waste and abuse and has organized millions of citizens to fight for laws and federal standards to protect the public interest. Recently, I heard Nader, in the midst of his third bid for President (votenader.org) speak about small business as the last bastion of true capitalism. Piqued, I called his campaign headquarters to get his views on small business which has suddenly become a hot campaign topic. I spoke with Nader by phone as he was on the road, traveling to colleges to talk to students about the state of democracy. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow.

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