Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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People are envisioning, electing and beginning to enact a true progressive agenda to advance our nation's democratic ideals of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. (Photo: Campaign for America's Future ) Views
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
It's Not Socialism; It's What the People Want
"Socialism," snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: "So-shull-izz-ummm!" And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP's 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump—slap...
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Our task is to keep doing what brought us this far: organizing, harmonizing and mobilizing.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Push, Push, Push: How Movements Succeed
There's a sports cliche, often applied to political races, that devalues strong-but-losing contenders: "Close only counts in horseshoes," they snort. For building a progressive movement, however, candidates, staffers and volunteers who lose a vote but run good campaigns — especially in tough...
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We're in the midst of another progressive political uprising that's been coalescing since about 2010. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
DIY Democracy
What do the workaday majority of Americans want their lawmakers working on? Check any legitimate poll — or just listen to most any barstool conversation down at the Bottoms Up pub — and you'll hear them saying clearly and consistently that they want such basics as middle-class jobs, health care for...
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The Trumpsters say it's time to turn this historic public service over to the magic of the free market profit motive and the efficiency of bottom-line corporate management. You know, like airlines and cable companies. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Putting the Trump Stamp on the Public
D.T. (as aides refer to the present occupant of the Oval Office) is really quite good at one special skill: branding. He has slapped his name on a ridiculous range of consumer merch — teddy bears, steaks, made-in-China ties, vodka, underwear and even a urine test. His nasty policies and behavior...
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A St. Paul Pioneer Press for sale in 2006. Views
Saturday, December 01, 2018
Free the Free Press From Wall Street Plunder
A two-panel cartoon I recently saw showed a character with a sign saying: “First they came for the reporters.” In the next panel, his sign says: “We don’t know what happened after that.” It was, of course, a retort to Donald Trump’s campaign to demonize the news media as “the enemy of the people.”...
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Friday, November 23, 2018
Skip Cyber Monday—Support a Real Local Business
On this Cyber Monday, let's pledge to buy from local businesses that support our communities.
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Bernie’s commonsense ideas of Medicare-for-All and free college education, for example, are hysterically decried as totalitarian designs from China and the USSR. (Photo: Shutterstuck) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
White House Economists Are Obsessed with Socialism
Trump’s White House seems to be both spooked… and spooky. Check out a 72-page “spookonomics” report issued right before Halloween by his Council of Economic Advisors. It reads like an endless Trump tweet, focused on his perceived political enemies and riddled with fantasies, lies, and paranoia...
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This is not just diabolical; it's deliberately evil. And all politicians who support it should be condemned to the most hellish fate imaginable. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Beware of the Real Gremlins This Season
As we enter another long season of direful winter darkness, we are beset by back-to-back waves of spooks. First come the little costumed goblins on Halloween, seeking sweet treats from us to ward off any trickery they might pull. Cute. But then, only six days later — eeeeeeek! — here come the real...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment?
Listen ... Can you hear it? Listen to the eerie "sound of silence" from the Trumpeteers and congressional Republicans who so loudly cheered themselves just a year ago for bestowing a trillion-dollar tax giveaway on corporate elites. They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-...
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"These monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all." (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Monopoly or Democracy?
America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war — not only our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but also our own unending war for democracy in the U.S. Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power...
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