January 26, 2007
Giving the Left Somewhere to Go
The new film about Ralph Nader, An Unreasonable Man, draws its title from a George Bernard Shaw apothegm: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself." The film rightly claims to be a documentary. But as the title hints, it's also a suspense movie.
The film's first sequence briefly recounts Nader's much-maligned independent campaign for president in 2004. Although it shows him defending his candidacy as a
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