Breaking Through Power

Breaking Through Power
It's Easier Than We Think

Ralph Nader says that self-driving cars are "Unsafe at Any Speed" on CNBC
Aug 26, 2018

Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and author of Breaking Through Power, on CNBC to discuss why he's concerned about driverless car legislation.

Ralph Nader on NPR's Weekend Edition
Aug 11, 2018

Ralph Nader discusses with host Scott Simon what he thinks Apple should do with its excess billions. Scott Simon credits Ralph Nader as the author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think at the end of the interview.

- Scott Simon/Wynne Davis

Letter to the Editor, "New York Times"
Aug 13, 2018

"Ralph Nader responds to a recent NY Times oped by A.C.L.U. National Legal Director David Cole, regarding the organization's support of corporate free speech.

"In his byline, Ralph Nader is credited as the author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think."

- Ralph Nader

"Interview on MSNBC's 'The Beat with Ari Melber'"
May 10, 2018

"Interview in the Sonoma State University News"
Mar 6, 2018

Nader said one of the highlights of his career has been educating people about the difference that one person can make. "One person can never do it alone, but one person breaks through, coalesces the forces in support of a lot of people. Nader first made headlines as a young lawyer in 1965 with his book “Unsafe at Any Speed," a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and the passage of a series of automobile safety laws in 1966. In his most recent book, “Breaking Through Power,” Nader draws from a lifetime waging—and often winning—David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and government.

Midwest Book Review

"This book is short, easy to read, and deserves more than five stars. Nader speaks for the average American, and backs up his arguments with facts. This is extremely highly recommended."—Paul Lappen, Midwest Book Review 

"New York Times Op-Ed: 'Trump's Anti-Consumer Agenda Hurts His Voters'"
Oct 23, 2017

"As a candidate, Donald Trump promised regular people, 'I will be your voice,' and attacked the drug industry for 'getting away with murder' in setting high prices for lifesaving medications. But as president, he has declared war on regulatory programs protecting the health, safety and economic rights of consumers. He has done so in disregard of evidence that such protections help the economy and financial well-being of the working-class voters he claims to champion. . . . "—Ralph Nader

National Nurse Magazine
Jul 1, 2017

"One of the many virtues of Ralph Nader's new book, Breaking Through Power, is how it enable us to move past the personalities and tweets of the day to confront the dominant political-economic forces that shape our society."—National Nurse Magazine

Ralph Nader interviewed on This is Hell!
May 6, 2017
- This is Hell!

Ralph Nader interviewed on Rising up with Sonali
May 4, 2017
- Rising Up with Sonali

Ralph Nader presents a master class for citizen action
May 2, 2017

Ralph Nader explains why United Airlines has "total unbridled discretion to throw you off a plane."
Apr 14, 2017

Ralph Nader, longtime consumer advocate, many-time presidential candidate, who, back in the early '70s, helped force airlines to begin compensating passengers bumped from their flights.

- Democracy Now!

USA Today Op Ed
Apr 13, 2017

"The question now is whether passengers can stay united long enough to do something like demanding that other airlines match Southwest's treatment of passengers — no charges for reservation changes, no baggage fees for the first two bags checked, no charges for extra leg room or for using the upper baggage bins, or for buying your tickets over the phone or at the ticket counter. Tell these airlines, directly and on social media, to stop their race to the bottom that irks and irritates their consumers."

- USA Today

"Ralph Nader Denounces Trump Budget as Corporatist, Militarist & Racist: 'The Mask is Off'."
Mar 17, 2017

Nader holds up and discusses Breaking Through Power, and talks about the importance of face to face meetings with Congressional representatives and the book's "Citizen Summons" which readers can use as a template to demand their own town hall meetings.

- Democracy Now

Ralph Nader's latest op-ed
Mar 1, 2017

"It takes provocation for people to show up for face-to-face confrontations with their Senators or Representatives. So when out of touch politicians in safe electoral districts are seen attempting to take away people's health insurance, social security benefits or other protections—watch out! As the New York Times reported: 'In the reddest of districts and the smallest of towns, a movement without name has hurtled ahead of expectations.'"

- The Nader Page

Ralph Nader with Paul Jay at The Real News Network
Feb 28, 2017

"'Trumptopia' that covered up a lot of bad things."—Ralph Nader on Trump's Speech to Congress. 

Ralph Nader discusses Breaking Through Power on the Tavis Smiley Show
Feb 21, 2017

"I hope it's the book of the resistance."—Ralph Nader discussing Breaking Through Power on the Tavis Smiley Show. 


Rita Cosby Interviews Ralph Nader
Feb 12, 2017

"Anybody who says that they don't know what to do and that they’re horrified by what’s going on in Washington. . . . This is the book for you to start with."—Ralph Nader discussing his new book Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think on WABC Radio, NYC. (Interview begins at 17:50)

- 77 WABC Radio

Ralph Nader interviewed by Francesca Rheannon
Jan 25, 2017

"Ralph Nader, author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think, tells us how build a movement that can bridge left and right to promote real democracy."

- Wrtier's Voice with Francesca Rheannon

Yes Magazine

"Nader's assessment of how concentrated wealth and power undermine democracy is clear and compelling, but it’s his substantive vision of how we ought to respond that makes Breaking Through Power essential reading [...] Written just before Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory, Nader’s latest book reads with even greater urgency now."

Interview with Mike Papantonio
Jan 5, 2017

In the U.S., one of the few ways to achieve justice if you're harmed by a product that can kill and cripple is through our civil justice process. These kinds of cases, commonly referred to as tort actions, allow people to receive compensation for injuries or illnesses they've sustained due to corporate negligence or intentional conduct. While modern tort law has been around in the United States since at least the 19th century, only in the last few decades has there been such a huge effort to close the doors to the courthouse for injured victims. Mike Papantonio discusses the future of tort law and big business' efforts to destroy that tort system with Ralph Nader.

- America's Lawyer

Breaking Through Power in the Washington Specatator
Dec 20, 2016
- The Washington Spectator

Interview with The Washington Spectator
Dec 20, 2016

Q:  How do you build a progressive movement that can get power? Your new book Breaking Through Power seems like attempt to answer that question.

Ralph Nader: "First, Breaking Through Power is about planting a lot of seeds and hoping some farmers will cultivate them. So, 'here it is folks, use it in your own circle and your own neighborhood and your own movement.'"

- The Washington Spectator

". . . books like this inspire and create a common language and framework for us to help divert the historical progression and bend the arc towards justice. We need clarity of thought and clarity of principle to succeed and we need to learn how to be insanely successful in these endeavors because, frankly, organized, civilized life depends on it."—Romi Mahajan,

Interview on WBUR's Radio Open Source
Nov 17, 2016

Normalize, Demonize, Mobilize: How Do You Respond to Donald Trump? 
The election of Donald J. Trump came as a thunderclap. This week, the echoes are still ringing in the ears of the American polity. Radio Open Source's Chris Lydon asks his panel of guests, "What to do now?"

Rockstar economist Yanis Varoufakis starts off with a rich, nuanced analysis of the current situation. In these benighted times, he makes out a silver lining in Trump’s astonishing rise to power. "It’s possible to go against the Establishment and win." Later, critical historians of thought and activism on the left Tim Barker and Donna Murch join the show, critiquing the Democratic Party’s checkered past and laying out a path for moving forward. National treasure of independent politics and author of Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think, Ralph Nader, also helps us look for civic consensus across party lines.  Nader can be heard around minute 21.

- WBUR Radio

Makebright photo essay
Nov 17, 2016

"It takes less than 1% of the people to make change."

- Makebright

Feature in the Brantford Expositor, Ontario
Nov 16, 2016

Nader says, "Canadians need to send a delegation of sanity to the U.S."

- Brantford Expositor

WJBC Central Illinois, "Steve Fast Show"
Nov 12, 2016

"This is a revolt against unpatriotic corporations who rose to their profits on the back of American workers and now have abandoned them to despotic regimes overseas."


Ralph Nader interviewed by Thom Hartmann, Part 2
Nov 11, 2016

"Minimum wage hikes are supported by 70–80 per cent of the workers. So you start with that. That is something that really means something to people," Ralph Nader, former Green Party presidential nominee, told RT America's Thom Hartmann.

- RT America

Ralph Nader on KUOW, Seattle, "Speaker's Forum"
Nov 10, 2016
- KUOW Seattle

Ralph Nader interviewed by Thom Hartmann
Nov 10, 2016

The question many of us are asking now, "What do we do now?"  Ralph Nader says breaking through power is, truly, easier than we think.  A conversation with Thom Hartmann. 

- RT News

Ralph Nader interviewed by Joe Donahue on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio's "The Roundtable"
Nov 10, 2016

"Hilary Clinton won the election."  Ralph Nader Calls for the Elimination of the Electoral College.

- Northeast Public Radio

Ralph Nader interviewed on KGO, San Francisco
Nov 7, 2016

 Scroll down to the November 7th interview with Ralph Nader.

- KGO Radio

Interview on Fox Business News
Nov 7, 2016

Breaking Through Power author, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader on whether the Clinton Foundation is corrupt.

- Fox Business News

Interview on The Gary Null Show
Nov 7, 2016
- The Gary Null Show

Interview on KTRS, Salt Lake City, "The Martin Kilcoyne Show"
Nov 7, 2016
- KTRS Salt Lake City

Interview on WATR Radio, CT, "Talk of the Town with Larry Rifkin"
Nov 1, 2016
- WATR Radio

Essay in the Erie Reader, Erie PA
Oct 26, 2016

"I'm at the back of a standing-room-only crowd in City Lights Bookstore, which still thrives in North Beach where Lawrence Ferlinghetti cofounded it in 1953. Public performances featuring everything from Beat bards to bare breasts were born in North Beach (though the writers who made this district famous couldn’t even touch rent here today). But tonight’s speaker is a different kind of writer: Ralph Nader. City Lights published Nader’s new book, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think."

- Erie Reader

Interview on KALW's Your Call, San Francisco
Oct 25, 2016

Ralph Nader discusses how corporate control has corrupted our politics and explores how citizen movements can break through power structures to create a vibrant democracy. 

- KALW San Francisco

"The Alan Colmes Show" Fox News Radio
Oct 25, 2016
- Fox News Radio

Interview in the Willamette Week, Portland, OR
Oct 22, 2016
- Willamette Week

Ralph Nader at Town Hall Seattle
Oct 21, 2016

Taped Friday, October 21, 2016.

Interview on KOMO Seattle, WA
Oct 21, 2016
- KOMO News

Interview on KBOO, Portland, OR
Oct 20, 2016
- KBOO Portland

Event coverage in The Inquirer
Oct 19, 2016
- The Inquirer

Interview in The Washington Independent Review of Books
Oct 18, 2016

"I would say that a laser-beam focus on Congress as developed in my book becomes a formal summons where the citizenry summon the senators and representatives to their own town meetings with their own agendas, and give the senators and representatives ample time to do their homework on the various reforms that the town meeting is going to address. Wouldn't that be fun?"—Ralph Nader

- Washington Independent Review of Books

Interview on the Laura Flanders Show
Oct 18, 2016

Ralph Nader discusses Breaking Through Power on The Laura Flanders Show.

- The Laura Flanders Show

Event coverage in the Marin Independent Journal
Oct 18, 2016

"Ralph Nader inspires Marin School students to 'make a difference,' and discusses his new book, Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think."

- Marin Independent Journal

Interview on KUOW, Seattle, WA
Oct 17, 2016
- KUOW Seattle

Book excerpt on Alternet
Oct 13, 2016
- Alternet

Interview in Street Roots News
Oct 13, 2016

"At 149 pages, his new release from City Lights Books is a quick and captivating read that seeks to enrage its audience before motivating readers toward a pragmatic solution."

- Street Roots News

In These Times

"Ralph Nader's latest book is a how-to guide for fighting corporate power. Nader is still pressing forward, still cautiously hopeful—even after so many decades in the arena. Things may seem grim but the numbers and the evidence are on our side, he's saying. We know the problems. We know what needs to be done. Here's an action plan. It's time to stop talking and get to work."—Theo Anderson, In These Times

Interview on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
Oct 5, 2016

Ralph Nader, who ran for president in 2000 as a Green Party candidate, said that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump "both flunk" when it comes to being viable options for the White House. "If it's a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, do you see much difference between the two?" CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Nader Wednesday on "AC360."


Book excerpt on Truthout
Sep 30, 2016
- Truthout

Interview with Thom Hartmann
Sep 22, 2016
- The Thom Hartmann Show

Interview on Democracy Now Part 1
Sep 19, 2016

Nader on two-party tyranny

- Democracy Now!

Nader on Democracy Now Part 2
Sep 19, 2016

Nader on opposition to Bernie Sanders

- Democracy Now!

Nader on Democracy Now Part 3
Sep 19, 2016

Nader on Trump "the freeloading pontificator"

- Democracy Now!

Nader on Democracy Now Part 4
Sep 19, 2016

Nader on third parties

- Democracy Now!

Nader on Democracy Now Part 5
Sep 19, 2016

Nader on the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking and life-saving Unsafe at Any Speed

- Democracy Now!

Interview on the Brooklyn Eagle
Sep 19, 2016
- Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival covered by CSPAN
Sep 18, 2016

"This small book is a pocket dynamo."—Nicholas Allard, President & Dean, Brooklyn Law School and moderator of the panel with Nader, Thomas Frank and Gloria Browne-Marshall, on Nader's Breaking Through Power.


Interview on NBC-TV affiliate in Washington DC
Sep 16, 2016
- NBC Washington DC

Interview on NBC-TV affiliate in San Diego, CA
Sep 16, 2016
- NBC San Diego

Interview in Bedford and Bowery
Sep 14, 2016

"Bernie's Revolution Is Great and All, But Ralph Nader Thinks It’s Time to Start a Youth Party." Ralph Nader interviewed by Nicole Disser.

- Bedford and Bowery

Interview on Fox Business News
Sep 8, 2016

Four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader called Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play involvement with the Clinton Foundation a "lethal quadrangle."  Nader is credited as author of the new book Breaking Through Power, with the book cover being featured. 

- Fox News

Kirkus Reviews

"Another populist manifesto from the veteran political activist and anti-corporate consumer advocate.Younger voters might wonder who this author is who has hijacked Bernie Sanders' message. But it's a sign of change that ideas that had Nader (Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, 2014, etc.) branded as a spoiler as a third-party progressive, when he siphoned votes from the left in the close 2000 presidential election, are now common currency in the Sanders campaign. Nader barely mentions his past as a perennial presidential aspirant or pays more than lip service to the Sanders campaign—'Senator Bernie Sanders repeatedly says, "They [the small billionaire class] want it all."'—but his message seems very much in tune with the times, in a culture of Occupy and Black Lives Matter. 'Changes for a better society often start with the power structures sensing a growing rumble from the people,' writes the author, sensing that growing rumble and signs of hope in issues ranging from homosexual marriage and transgender equality to environmental activism and campaign finance reform. 'From the abolition of slavery to the introduction of seat belts,' he writes, 'great social gains have been achieved when people mobilize, organize and resist the power of the few.' Despite a false equivalency that seems tone-deaf (slavery and seat belts?), Nader sustains a strong case of grievances against the 'power of the plutocracy' and 'the present two-party duopoly that ministers to their demands.' In the final chapter, the lengthy 'Why Democracy Works,' the author offers a suggestion for 'Citizens Summons,' which would summon members of Congress home to hear the grievances of their constituents. In an era of political gridlock, Nader argues, mostly convincingly, that a 'left/right alliance' can get the country back on track."