Unreasonably Fascinating

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.


  1. 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. 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?