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Ralph Nader’s Animal Instincts

The author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency. 

Ralph Nader at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

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Ralph Nader’s second work of fiction, Animal Envy, imagines a world where animals can talk to people and start demanding rights. Nader says the fable is meant to prompt deeper thinking about our relationship with nature. “We need to talk about what-if, because if we don’t, we can’t kick in our idealism and imagine real possibilities,” says the 82-year-old author and advocate. Nader also weighs in with his thoughts on the Trump presidency, and how to win a political argument.

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