Despite occasional evidence to the contrary, I have little interest in politics—unless it involves some kind of vast conspiracy or government cover-up. That shit is fascinating.
But 2000 was the year that I sent my one and only political mass e-mail ever—in support of Ralph Nader's now-infamous presidential campaign, a campaign that some believe to this day "spoiled" the presidency for Al Gore and put the White House in the hands of perhaps the worst president in American history. A lot of people I know—people close to me, no less—vilified Nader, and there's a small bit of hate in their hearts for me as well for supporting this man.
I don't know if the climate amongst my friends has changed in regard to Nader or if tempers have died down. But a new documentary now available on DVD, An Unreasonable Man, is an absolutely riveting portrait of an American that deserves a look whether you hate the man or not. (By the way, the film's title comes from George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man.")
Does Nader being a "spoiler" (if that is even true) erase the fact that he unarguably has had an impact on all our lives, in ways that affect us on a daily basis? And that is not gross exaggeration. The cars we drive, the food we eat, the air we breathe—they're all better because of Ralph Nader. Now stop hating me.