Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Jun 2002, 12:13 p.m.

I can imagine a sitcom where Ralph Nader is the…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I can imagine a sitcom where Ralph Nader is the wacky guy next door. The main character's catch-phrase for greeting him would be "Hiya, Nader!" and Nader would follow him the house, helpfully pointing out consumer safety hazards. "That lamp isn't UL-approved, you know." "Hey, are you sure you want to eat that poultry? Let me tell you about the way they butcher those things in the modern meatpacking industry..."