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One person that I appreciate for his quality of good speaker is Ralph Nader. For those who
havent heard about him, Nader is an American political activist (as well as an author, a
lecturer, and a lawyer) who is particularly involved in consumer protection, democratic
government, and environmental issues. Among Naders achievements as an activist, its worth
mentioning his battle against the auto industry, which led to the creation of life-saving motor
vehicle legislation and his contributed to the creation of the Consumer Product Safety
Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration , and the Environmental
Protection Agency (Gitlin, 2014). It can be said that Nader has helped us to have a cleaner water
and a cleaner air.
The impact of this politician may have been much weaker if it wasnt for his great ability to
produce persuasive speeches. As most politician speakers, I would say that Ralph Nader uses
all modes of persuasion, that is, ethos, pathos, and logos. The power of ethos that Nader has
come from his qualification, his professional history, and his overall reputation. For instance,
Naders speeches on consumer protection and environmental issues are empowered by ethos
partly because he has graduated from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs and he has expert knowledge on subjects related to public health, public resources and
ecology (Gitlin, 2014). Ethos also empowers his speeches giving his long activity in consumer
protection and environmental cause, which have gave him experience and reputation (Gitlin,
2014).
I have found proves of appeal to pathos and logos in one of his better-known speeches, one that
was given in Denver,on June 25, 2000, for the Green Party nomination for President of the
United States. An example of appeal to pathos (emotion) is when he talks about ending
'systemic bigotry and discrimination against law-abiding people merely because they are
different'' (‘’Ralph Naders Acceptance Speech', 2000). The appeal to emotion is clear in this
case, as he addresses to people who suffer, perceive suffering, or are afraid of suffering
discrimination , and seek a better protection. In the same speech Nader makes appeal to
logos(logic), for instance, when he tried to prove that Americans live worse than 30 years ago by
arguing that ‘’the majority of workers...make less today...in inflation adjusted dollars...than
workers did in 1973‘’ (‘’Ralph Naders Acceptance Speech', 2000).
While I do not necessarily agree with all of Naders ideas, he is certainly one of the best
contemporary American speakers. A good speaker must know when to use one form of
persuasion or another, depending upon the context in which the speech is given and, most
importantly, the audience. What is different in modern times from the times of Aristotle is that
the audience is probably more sophisticated and ethos, pathos, and logos, cannot be ‘’activated'
with the same phrases as it might have been in a different time or context.
References
Gitlin, A. (Ed.). (2014). Power and method: Political activism and educational research.
Routledge.
Ralph Naders Acceptance Speech for the Green Party Presidential Nomination. (2000). Retrived
August 13, 2014, from

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One person that I appreciate for his quality of good speaker is Ralph Nader. For those who haven’t heard about him, Nader is an American political activist (as well as an author, a lecturer, and a lawyer) who is particularly involved in consumer protection, democratic government, and environmental issues. Among Nader’s achievements as an activist, it’s worth mentioning his battle against the auto industry, which led to the creation of life-saving motor vehicle legislation and his contributed to the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm ...
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