By Frank J. Winchell (Sometime in the ’60’s)
Mr. Nader, a poor but eloquent lawyer of no repute at all, one day decided that American cars were “unsafe at any speed;” a scathing expose of an imperfect free enterprise, a clairvoyance arising from some great gift since the lad was neither economist, engineer nor driver, etc.
The utterance was without evidence of statistical or historical research since, in truth, the injury and fatality rate at the time was one third of the horse and buggy days of 1908. (How unfortunate he was not with us then). Further, the rate in America was one half the rate of any other country in the world. (How unfortunate they are that he is with us now). Indeed.
Mr. Nader evidenced no recognition of the fundamental discipline of free enterprise; a heretofore revered system wherein both selfish and unselfish motivations are inherently aligned to serve not just the majority, but most everyone; a natural phenomenon obvious everywhere in nature; a thing not invented by man but which was emerged no more or no less perfect in the centuries of socio economic evolution as a clearly superior discipline. Where it has taken seed it has delivered homo sapiens from total occupation with mere survival.
Mr. Nader has been completely convincing in his incredible theory that despite the discipline industry has connived a way to exploit the murdering and maiming of its customers; that for decades it has wantonly pursued this contemptible strategy for profit and pleasure. The success of his argument gives some pause to consider whether any body recognizes the discipline imposed upon enterprise by its disposition between capitol and consumer in the free market.
It can only be assumed that Americans have reverted to a state of knowledge rendering them no better qualified than Ubangies to make decisions in their own best interest. Their eager acceptance of his argument seems ample evidence that this is so. Such being the case, should we not admit to it and hasten to implement a more appropriate system.
All hail to Ralph Nader.