Youth: Nader's Neophytes

As a one-man scourge of dangerous cars, diseased meat, dirty fish and innumerable other public nuisances, Washington Attorney Ralph Nader has become the self-appointed lawyer for U.S. consumers. This summer Nader, 34, took aim at Washington's official bastion of consumer protection, the Federal Trade Commission, and infected other youthful Americans with his muckraking zeal. Seven bright young Ivy Leaguers flanked him, five of them with legal training, badgering startled FTC officials with pointed questions that Nader believes Congress should ask but never has.

In keeping with their mentor's way, Nader's apprentice inquisitors...

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