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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Shanghai Donghai Bridge's 100mw offshore wind power project is China's first national offshore wind power demonstration project in the early morning light of morning in Shanghai, Oct. 4, 2019. Views
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
What If You Were to Own Your Own Power Company?
About 40 years ago, a right-wing codger named Eddie Chiles became a momentary political celebrity in my state by buying airtime on hundreds of radio stations to broadcast his daily political rants. Having made a fortune in the Texas oil fields, he pitched himself as a rags-to-riches, self-made...
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Wilson, the indefatigable local shrimper, had been trying for some 30 years to get state and national officials to stop Formosa from dumping poisonous plastic chemicals into the Lavaca Bay ecosystem. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Can 'Powerless Nobodies' Fight the Corporate Powers?
The many sparkling bays along the Texas coastline of the Gulf of Mexico have long provided both a working-class living and a valued lifestyle for generations of shrimpers, oysterers and other fishing families. People and seafood, however, are not the only creatures here, for such wildlife as...
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Years of rank avarice and arrogance have caught up with the superrich and their enablers, turning "billionaire" into a synonym for "thief" and focusing rising public anger on the inequality they've fostered.(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
'Tax the Rich' Is No Longer Just a Political Slogan
There's nothing inevitable about inequality. It's an injustice that the moneyed powers and their political hirelings have chosen. We the People can choose a brighter path, one that bends toward justice, starting with a wealth tax such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to apply a 2% per annum wealth...
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
Eating Is Profoundly Political. Which Food Future Will You Choose?
It's time to talk turkey! No, not the Butterball sitting in the Oval Office. I'm talking about the real thing, the big bird, 46 million of which we Americans will devour on this Thanksgiving Day. It was the Aztecs who first domesticated the gallopavo , but leave it to the Spanish explorers to "foul...
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
How Trump's Poverty Subsidy Enriches the Rich
Years ago, a Texas legislator who was occasionally known to take lobbyists' cash in exchange for a vote, explained his ethical framework as opportunistic: "I seen my chances, and I took 'em." Likewise, such hustlers as Dan Gilbert (the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans), Michael Milken (the...
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On the battleground of public relations, Business Roundtable (the chief lobbing front for America's biggest corporations) has declared its solidarity with all of us who seek economic fairness and equal opportunity. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Why Would We Trust Plutocrats to Save Us From Plutocracy?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of being leery of a loud-talking huckster who visited his home: "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons," Emerson exclaimed. Likewise, today's workaday families should do a mass inventory of their silverware as an integrity check on a mess...
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Don't despair, for a warm glow of hope beckons from the very midst of today's cold, often nightmarish system. (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Here's the Real Deal on 'Medicare for All'
What do we want our health care system to do? Care for our health! Yours, mine, our families', our country's. But don't look for such straightforward logic or ethics in the labyrinthian industrial complex that now controls the "care" we get — or are denied. The structure itself must be changed if...
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Our country spends the most (more than $10,000 per year per person) on a system that often delivers the least. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Problem With Health Care Is 'The System'
The British people have been widely admired for their steady demeanor in times of adversity — stiff upper lip and all that. Until Donald Trump, that is. In June, our presidential popinjay descended on London with a bombastic proposition that caused the upper lips of the entire British population to...
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
Just Who Got Trump's Farm Bailouts?
Donald Trump loves farmers. We know this because he says so. “Farmers, I LOVE YOU!” he declared in December. But he’s been “loving” them to death, with policies that are causing farm prices to tumble, miring our ag economy in the ditch and creating a rising tsunami of farm bankruptcies. Then came...
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The great majority of farmers—80% of eligible grain farmers—got zilch from Donald the Dealmaker. (Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Views
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Government for the Rich, the Poor Be Damned
Donald Trump loooooves farmers. We know this because he says so. "Farmers, I LOVE YOU!" he declared in December. And we've learned that whenever The Donald says something, it's true—even when it's not. These days, he's loving farmers to death. Trump has ignored the obvious need to get monopolistic...
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