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Nader: There's a 'Left-Right Alliance' Against Crony Capitalism

By Courtney Coren   |   Thursday, 08 May 2014 04:49 PM

One issue that Democrats and Republicans can unite behind is the fight against the influence big corporations have over government, says former Green Party and independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

Nader told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that there is "a left-right alliance" against crony capitalism.

"It starts with public opinion all over the country . . . they agree verbally that they don’t like bailouts of Wall Street, they don't see the value of Wall Street manhandling Main Street, they don't like the restrictions on civil liberties and the Patriot Act, that's a big one," Nader said.

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Nader addressed the issue of the liberals and conservatives coming together against these issues in his latest book, released in April, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State."

Nader also lists other areas in which the left and right are coming together, including the war on drugs, corporate trade agreements, and support for local small businesses.

He explains that the two parties, if working alone, are often discouraged by their prospects.

"If they move to try to get something done as liberals, they think they're not going to win, the Congress is in the pocket of big business and so on," Nader explained. "If the conservatives move, then they say well they can't win by themselves, but when they lock arms, then they have a morale boost. Then they see that the corporatists in Congress and in Wall Street are terrified of left-right alliances."

The liberal activist cited Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as one example of someone on the right who has spoken out against such things.

"Rand Paul is broadening his base by appealing to a left-right on the Patriot Act, restrictions, invasion of privacy, he's spoken on that," Nader said.

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