Concord Principles

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader's Concord Principles were offered in 1992 as an invitation to the Presidential candidates to improve civic dialogue and the democratic institutions of the United States.

They are written as 10 pleas intended to avert a trend of corporatism in government, plutocratic influence, banal sloganistic elections, power singularities and a popular sense of political futility in political dialogue.

The list calls for:

  • More governmental transparency and civic communication for social consensus.
  • More public control over civic assets such as public lands, airwaves and pension funds.
  • Strengthened protections from big government and big corporations.
  • Democratic protections against nullification of voter powers by:
  • Improved taxpayer oversight of public expenditure.
  • Improving the civic information infrastructure through:
    • Computerized government records.
    • Utility company billing as a civic notification process.
    • Expanded public access television.
  • Strengthened access to courts to prevent corporate and government abuse.
  • Protection for whistleblowers.
  • Shareholder protections against corporate greed.
  • Strengthening school curriculum in civic participation.

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