Ralph Nader, now eighty-seven years old, has been a public figure for more than half a century. He has been called the self-appointed conscience of the American Left. Many people remember him as a long-shot left-wing Presidential candidate in four successive elections, from 1996 to 2008, and as the possible spoiler of a Democratic victory in 2000, when he got almost a hundred thousand votes in Florida and Al Gore lost the state by five hundred and thirty-seven. “Ralph Nader is not going to be welcome anywhere near the corridors,” Joe Biden told the Times back then. “Nader cost us the election.”
Now he’s having a go at Elon Musk. At age 88, Nader is still going strong and, beginning with his hometown in northwest Connecticut, he’s determined to do something about the “news desert” crisis in local journalism. So he’s launching a paper. The Winsted Citizen is launching its inaugural edition this week, and, in some ways, it is following a familiar playbook. It is forming a 501(c)3 nonprofit, enabling it to collect tax-deductible donations in addition to subscription and advertising revenue. More here
Maybe to keep his anti-corporation credentials polished, maybe to drum up some eyeballs on his social media push, he decided to accuse Elon Musk or being a welfare queen.
Musk (@elonmusk) started Tesla with a huge U.S. government welfare grant. He has taken taxpayers to the cleaners for his factories and for Starlink. He is a gigantic corporate welfare king masquerading as a capitalist businessman. -R— Ralph Nader (@RalphNader) February 24, 2023