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Ralph Nader, LLB Biography

Attorney, author, and political activist
Con to the question "Should Social Security Be Privatized?"

“The various Social Security privatization schemes, full and partial, would cost both the ‘social’ – that is the public, cooperative, societal – element of the program and ‘security’ – the rock-solid income guarantee afforded by the system. It should be rejected.”

Speech at the “Saving Social Security from the Privatization Threat” Conference, Rayburn House Office Building, US House of Representatives, Jan. 21, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social security and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social security and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Attorney, author, and political activist
  • Independent Presidential Candidate, 2004, 2008
  • Green Party Presidential Candidate, 2000
  • Founder of many organizations, including: Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, Disability Rights Center, Pension Rights Center, Project for Corporate Responsibility, Multinational Monitor
  • Founder, Center for Study of Responsive Law (CSRL), 1969
  • Lecturer, History and Government, University of Hartford, 1961-1963
  • US Army, 1959
  • LLB, with distinction, Harvard Law School, 1958
  • AB, magna cum laude, East Asian studies, Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University, 1955
  • Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century by TIME magazine.
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