Unreasonably Fascinating

Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Friday, October 12, 2007
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.

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  1. :-) Said,

    I never talk politics, but I too did not have an issue with Nader. He has done many positive things for our country, especially back in the day when he made a case for cars to be made safer for us to ride in!



  2. Quin Said,

    i loved my corvair... even when the engine fell out going over one of the back passes in colorado... all it took was a couple of big rocks, three bolts, and BAM! it was back in again.

    now, THAT was a car.


  3. You also can't explain away the fact that the Democrats lost in '04, running against perhaps the worst president in the history of America. Perhaps Nader was not as big a factor in '00 as people seem to think?


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