Consumer champion Ralph Nader -- a persistent critic of U.S. industries -- levelled a scathing?
TV'S INT U N Delegated seated
SV Mr. Nader speaking
A TRANSCRIPT OF MR. NADER'S COMMENTS FOLLOWS:
"If there is a true desire to base intelligent policy making on a wide base of information, then that information must be sought as the highest priority. In any area of world courts, information is priceless. To the extent that these corporations can control the content and flow of information to the public, and to government, and to the United Nations. To that extent they can control policy, and refuse, successfully, to share it with a broader political and economic spectrum of forces In our country whenever success has occurred in the environmental, citizen, labour, or consumer movements, has occurred in large part because of the compelling success of disclosing information about corporate behaviour. When corporations disclosed the level of defects in their automobiles, that led to the recall of millions of defective automobiles. And so it goes. For the public interest, it is necessary to obtain this kind of information. Unfortunately, many of these nation states are not strong enough to obtain it. Perhaps the United Nations, through this inquiry, will be able to structure the climate of opinion and the rational case for obtaining this kind of information."
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Background: Consumer champion Ralph Nader -- a persistent critic of U.S. industries -- levelled a scathing attack against multinational corporations on Wednesday (12 September). Speaking before a United Nations panel investigating the impact of such corporations on international relations, Mr. Nader described the multinational companies as "global power seekers."
Mr. Nader said the world could not tolerate "rampant economic power". He noted that the multinational community was growing by 10 per cent a year -- about twice as fast as the world gross national product.