Nader slams student apathy at Dartmouth

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader (Princeton ‘55, Harvard Law ‘58) took the occasion of his speech at Dartmouth College to slam the political apathy of Dartmouth students. According to the Dartmouth News:

Nader noted that fewer than 10 of the approximately 40 audience members appeared to be Dartmouth students. He criticized the “sterile political debate at Dartmouth,” adding that the College is known as the most conservative school in the Ivy League….

“The whole concept of a liberal arts education is to transform the mind to foresee and forestall bad things and to detect and build good things,” Nader said. “Campuses should come alive and spend as much time on this election as football and frats.”

Not all the students at Dartmouth were happy about Nader’s attitude. One responded on the Dartmouth On the Record blog:

Actually, Nader, students do care about this election - as long as the candidate speaking is named John McCain or Barack Obama.

In 2012, when Obama is up for re-election, please spare Dartmouth from your visit.

Ah, nothing like a mud fight between Ivy League elitists!

8 Responses to “Nader slams student apathy at Dartmouth”

  1. Jason Says:

    So I guess being a moron who will only vote for the two major parties isn’t restricted to the uneducated masses.

  2. Peter M. Says:

    Unfortunately, the student has a point that Nader seems to be missing. On my campus at least, there is a fairly large student mobilisation for the Obama campaign, with the College Democrats going from essentially inactive to probably one of the largest and most active clubs on campus this semester. However, I expect them to go back down to their minimally active state by mid February of 2009.

  3. Jonathan Says:

    you win some you lose some:

    Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader in Lawrence called Congress “cowardly” Thursday for passing last week’s $700 billion financial bailout bill.

    “Wall Street stuffed Washington into the barrel and rolled it,” he said during a speech at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

    The 74-year-old longtime consumer advocate and frequent presidential candidate had about 400 people cheering at times, as he said Congress missed the boat on not going after “Wall Street crooks.” He also said the international market has already rejected the bailout as ineffective.

    “What it left out were all the important safeguards for investors, workers and institutions to protect them from the fallout of the greatest speculative binge in American history,” Nader told reporters.

    He said the bailout bill should have included more regulation, an emphasis on going after corporate crime, protection for homeowners and a small tax on certain trades.

    “Congress could have made the speculators pay for their own bailout,” Nader said.

  4. Richgriffin Says:

    The psychology of “winning” has meant that many “Democrats” vote for someone who is AGAINST all of their fundamental beliefs - Barack Obama; and rejects someone who is in alignment with all of their fundamental beliefs. I did an experiment and asked all of my friends who are Obama supporters to do that 20 questions internet survey to see who best matched their beliefs for the Presidency: every single one of them had Nader first, McKinney second, and Obama third, by a wide margin! How do break through the denial that goes into voting only for the “D” and the “R”?? I have a glimmer of a hope: since Obama is definitely going to win, perhaps a few percentage points of voters will simply vote their conscience and vote for Nader or McKinney, which WOULD put pressure on his administration that their is support for a progressive agenda. a long shot, I know, but Obama is a Republican, not a “Democrat”.

  5. stevesliva Says:

    If Dartmouth is all about football and frats, Nader is all about ego and contempt. If Dartmouth is “conservative,” Nader is still fighting the Corvair.

    If Nader might disagree with those characterizations, you can see why Dartmouth students might take offense at his ignorance.

    And by the way, Ralph, the football team has sucked for a decade. Can’t even fill the stadium with free admission for students. The football team thinks the students are apathetic, too. But that’s irrelevant, like Ralph Nader’s candidacy.

  6. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    With all due respect to Mister Consumer Advocate, whom is running a better campaign in P2008 than 2004, 2000, and 1996 combined, may be the students have the truth figured out. We are chess pieces in a rigged match.

    On the West Coast I can afford to be a Perot, Perot, Nader, Nader, Nader voter as the Dems will suck up ALL FIFTY PLUS federal electors by over a million votes. No matter what monies, energy, and or intelectual properties I expend, that total will not materially alter!

  7. ~enemyartistkristofeR! Says:

    So Dartmouth seems to be a school of sheep and a school to avoid at all costs ever sending a young adult to to get an education. Clearly the students are more interested in coke or pepsi or fossil fuel oils and coal, rather than clean healthy water or solar power or wind power. I guess over at dartmouth they are pro-war as well. What a shame, what a waste of a college education.

    I invite you to my blog @ http://enemyartistkristofer.blogspot.com

  8. ~enemyartistkristofeR! Says:

    So Dartmouth seems to be a school of sheep and a school to avoid at all costs ever sending a young adult to to get an education. Clearly the students are more interested in coke or pepsi or fossil fuel oils and coal, rather than clean healthy water or solar power or wind power. I guess over at dartmouth they are pro-war as well. What a shame, what a waste of a college education.

    I invite you to my blog @ http://enemyartistkristofer.blogspot.com

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