Ralph Nader & Ron Paul Form Progressive-Libertarian Alliance
Charles Dudley Warner said that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” but even the most cursory examination of the exciting new progressive-libertarian alliance reveals that Ralph Nader and Ron Paul, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, have much in common.
Nader, the nation’s foremost consumer advocate and four-time Presidential candidate, has teamed up with Paul, the Republican Congressman and two-time Presidential contender from Texas, finding common ground in a litany of hot-button political issues.
Appearing on Freedom Watch, a Fox Business Channel program hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Paul said “I believe in coalitions. They talk about we need more bipartisanship, and I say we have too much bipartisanship because the bipartisanship we have here in Washington endorses corporatism.”
Nader, who called the new alliance “the most exciting new political dynamic” in American politics today, said that a far-left guy like himself could work with conservatives like Paul because they’re “genuine libertarian conservatives and not corporatists.”
The former Green Party presidential nominee said libertarians are “great allies” and that he looks forward on working with them “to challenge the bloated, wasteful military budget, to challenge undeclared wars overseas, to challenge hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate welfare, to challenge the [invasion] of our civil liberties and civil rights by the notorious Patriot Act, and to challenge the sovereignty-shredding and job destroying NAFTA and World Trade Association.”
This isn’t the first time progressives and libertarians have joined forces. Rep. Paul and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent Socialist from Vermont, teamed up last year to fight for an audit of the Federal Reserve. And Nader and Paul have danced before, most notably during the 2008 elections when both men called on voters to choose independent, third-party candidates. Paul actually urged Americans to vote for Nader, who was running for President.