In his 1989 Assembly Series talk, “Corporate Power in America,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader emphasized the need for the public to hold company leaders responsible for creating safe and effective products. Much of his lecture centered on the “major epidemic of violence in society” caused by unsafe cars being manufactured in the 1960s. It took nearly 20 years for the most significant safety feature — the airbag — to become standard equipment.
“Having undergone experiences so bizarre, crushing, ugly, they couldn’t be included in the film “Roots,” they would have burned holes through the foil in the television. Today, we are upwards of 30 million. How have we survived? I suggest the literature. I believe it’s available to all of us to encourage us to survive…and to thrive…and to thrive with some passion, compassion, humor and style.”