Ralph Nader criticizes 'absurd' college culture

Ralph Nader Criticizes 'Absurd' College Culture

Ralph Nader is not impressed with today's young people.

In an interview with the Pacific Standard, the former presidential candidate called modern college culture "absurd," specifically referring to the so-called "trigger-warning."

Trigger warnings are disclaimers in front of a piece of writing or video that warn people of potentially offensive content. They became a topic of discussion when college activists started asking for them to be included inside course materials.

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Nader said, "You repress people, you engage in anger, and what you do is turn people into skins that are blistered by moonbeams. Young men now are far too sensitive because they've never been in a draft."

He also criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it "so sensitive to injustice." He said it isn't organized enough to last, comparing it to Occupy Wall Street.

"And what will happen when the press turns on them? The press finished off Occupy. The minute they were ejected, it was no longer news," Nader told the Pacific Standard.

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Ralph Nader waits to speak at a luncheon at the National Press Club September 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist and founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, delivered a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon address on 'issues where the left and right can come together.' AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: American politician Ralph Nader. (Photo by Francois BIBAL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
American lawyer and consumer activist Ralph Nader, whose book 'Unsafe at Any Speed', (1965), led to the passage of improved car safety regulations (1966). He is at a Senate hearing at Washington triggered by his publication. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
THE DICK CAVETT SHOW - Shoot Date: September 9, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PRODUCTION SHOT OF RALPH NADER AND DICK CAVETT
American lawyer and consumer advocate Ralph Nader appears on the television news program 'Face The Nation,' February 15, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
APR 9 1973, 4-13-1973; Nader, Ralph- Individuals; (Photo By Bill Wunsch/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Portrait of American lawyer and consumer advocate Ralph Nader as he sits in a chair and rests his chin on his hand, 1975. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 2010: Political activist, Ralph Nader, is seated as a spectator during the 1976 New York, New York, Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Gardens. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
LAUGH-IN -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/05/1977 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ralph Nader, Bette Davis -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
5-1979, SEP 3 1981, SEP 6 1981, NOV 27 1985, DEC 1 1985; Ralph Nader is said to have started the consumer movement with 'Unsafe at any speed.'; (Photo By The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Murray and Ralph Nader during the 'Weekend Update' sketch on March 15, 1980 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 12: Politician Ralph Nader attends Mark Green Fundraiser on August 12, 1980 at the Empire State Building in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CANADA - NOVEMBER 04: Ralph Nader: Says Tories should scrap new drug bill. (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US consumer rights activist Ralph Nader shown in a file photo dated 19 August 1996 speaking to reporters at a news conference at the University of California of Los Angeles. Nader was the Green Party's US presidential candidate in 1996. (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
298269 11: Ralph Nader at press conference in Washington, DC, January 28, 1997. (Photo by Stephen Jaffe / Liaison Agency)
370981 02: Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks at a press conference June 14, 2000 in Washington, D.C. Nader was announcing he had received the endorsement of the California Nurses Association. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)
Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader recives a congratulatory kiss from his mother, Rose, following his acceptance speech Sunday afternoon at the Denver Green Parties convention. (Photo By Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader speaks at the Green Party rally held in his behalf at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 10/13/00. (Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect)
LONG BEACH, UNITED STATES: Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader (R) is joined by rock singer Patti Smith (C) at the close of a rally 03 November, 2000 in Long Beach, CA. Nader, who is expected to win a significant margin in the 07 November presidential election, urged the crowd of supporters to vote with their conscience and not out of fear. (Film) AFP PHOTO Lee Celano (Photo credit should read LEE CELANO/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 7: Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks during a rally at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church October 7, 2003 in Washington, DC. Nader talked about District of Columbia statehood, funding for libraries and affordable housing, vouchers in public schools and universal health care. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 31: Ralph Nader, who is also running for President, at Madison Square Garden. where the Republican National Convention is in its second day. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Ralph Nader during Broadway opening of 'Lennon' at Broadhurst Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 24: (AFP OUT) Political activist Ralph Nader (L) speaks as he is interviewed by moderator Tim Russert (R) during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios February 24, 2008 in Washington, DC. Nader announced on the show that he will run for U.S. President in the 2008 elections as an independent candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - MAY 21: Consumer advocates Ralph Nader (R) and Joan Claybrook (L) wait with others during a break in a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill May 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and others appeared before the committee to testify about the effect of auto industry bankruptcies on the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Ralph Nader attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Infuential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 02: Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader listens during a news conference July 2, 2012 at Public Citizen in Washington, DC. Nader held a news conference to announce an 'upcoming limited general strike to protest the colonial status of the District of Columbia and to support D.C. statehood.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Occupy was a leaderless movement that saw people camped out on Wall Street for weeks to protest large corporations' role in the Great Recession. It was largely panned in the media for not having a clear message.

Nader implied that Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate can be attributed to white men feeling "verbally repressed" by changing cultural norms. He mentioned things like ethnic jokes becoming taboo.

Nader himself has appeared on the presidential ballot several times as a third-party candidate, most often with the Green Party.

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