Back in the day, I had lot of Chomsky-reading friends I used to argue with about politics. I was often rude, in a hippie-punching kind of way, and I regret that very much because they were right right about almost everything. (Back then, I was a bit more DLC and a bit less Jacobin.)
But there was one thing they were wrong about: Ralph Nader. Library Grape:
Ralph Nader became a parody of himself when he endorsed a Mike Bloomberg third-party bid in 2012, but evidently St. Ralph is now working even harder to convince everyone not to take him seriously with a list (and a lengthy one!) of super-rich people he wants to
help combat money in politics cynically use to hurt the Democratic Partyindirectly elect the next GOP presidentrun for president! It’s sort of a strange list, really, mixing your expected financiers and Silicon Valley hotshots with a couple of bizarre celebrity entries (Ted Turner, lol). About all they have in common is that, you guessed it, they would spend a lot of money and that they would take votes away from Democrats and thus elect the next Republican president. Notably, things these folks don’t have in common include: ideology (Tom Steyer seems to be genuinely quite liberal, Thomas Siebel seems to be extremely reactionary, most seem to be colorless moderates and I have no idea what Oprah’s politics are).
I thought this was a joke, but the second link above even goes to some asinine “The Fix” list of which billionaires might be the best candidate.