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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Trump himself sees these courtroom efforts to restrict access to the polls as crucial. (Photo: @NatlVoterRegDay/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Sabotaging Democracy
Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn't have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: "I don't want everybody to vote. ... Our leverage in...
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Their tactics are worthy of the sleaziest of tinpot dictators from the banana republics of old. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Trump's Rule of Lies and Partisan Judges
Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump puffed himself up in full Trumpian pomposity to proclaim to us rubes: "We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else." Well, "nothing else" ... unless you count a record-shattering number of more than 20,000 documented lies...
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 It's one thing to have voting rights and quite another to be able to exercise those rights. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
How the Right Rigs Elections
Is it really so hard? Voting, I mean — smooth democratic elections with all citizens able to easily cast their ballots and with every ballot fairly counted. Is that too much for people to ask? After all, the mechanisms for assuring universal suffrage are well known, and the logistics are not...
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A butcher chops up beef at Jones Meat & Food Services in Rigby, Idaho, May 26, 2020. (Photo: Natalie Behring / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Pandemic in the Plants. The Meat Plants, That Is
Until recently, few people considered the sources of their meat. Then, a coronavirus walked into one after another of Meat Inc.'s humongous rural factories, where more than 90% of U.S. bacon, hamburger, chops, wings and other animal parts are processed. Within weeks, the industry's business model—...
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"A century ago, Sinclair condemned the 'unspeakable' practices that went on in 'packing houses all the time.' But today's conditions would leave him no less appalled," writes Hightower. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Something Is Rotten at Big Meat Inc.
Upton Sinclair's landmark 1905 book, The Jungle , exposed the food contamination and worker exploitation hidden in the fetid stockyards and meatpacking plants of Chicago and other major American cities. The muckraking journalist dubbed the nasty and brutish meat factories "a monster...the Great...
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"Republican officials are aggressively hostile to democracy generally and to voting rights specifically," writes Hightower, "while much of the Democratic establishment passively refuses to prioritize and vigorously fight to make voting easy and even joyful for all." (Photo: Steve Cup) Views
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Six Ways the Right Is Shredding the Vote
Is it really so hard, so hard that America just can’t handle it? Voting, I mean–smooth democratic elections with all citizens able to easily cast their ballots and with every ballot fairly counted. Is that too much for people to ask? After all, the mechanisms for assuring universal suffrage are...
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"Each of the Trump acolytes running agencies meant to prevent abuses by profiteering corporations are instead working feverishly to advance the abusers," writes Hightower. (Image: Center for Media and Democracy) Views
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Trump's Bass-Ackward Government
Gosh, President Donald Trump has really been busy lately: busy assailing Sen. Kamala Harris as "nasty;" busy choosing a new pandemic adviser, whose only qualification is that he praises Trump on Fox News ; and busy dissing and dismantling our post offices. But, instead of all this Trumpian...
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The Covid-19 crisis has "amplified one of the worst flaws in our society, namely the 'me-first' greed of corporate chieftains," writes Hightower.  (Photo: iStock) Views
Friday, August 14, 2020
This Pandemic Brings Out the Worst in Our CEOs
As horrible as the COVID-19 crisis is, it has brought out the best in the American people—the selflessness of front-line nurses and doctors, for example, as well as the generous community spirit of local food businesses. But it has also amplified one of the worst flaws in our society, namely the “...
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"In March," Hightower explains, President Donald Trump "personally killed a bipartisan provision in the national economic rescue package that would've assured continuous delivery of our mail. Then, in May, he installed one of his partisan mega donors as postmaster general. And the postmaster is now sabotaging delivery times by arbitrarily slashing the hours of postal workers." (Image: via US Mail Not for Sale) Views
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Want to Get Into Some 'Good Trouble'? Join the Fight to Save Our Post Office
Every now and then, an enormously beneficial soul comes along — someone whose work is so productive, honest and inspirational that he or she ought not be allowed to die. That's how I felt last month when I heard that John Lewis had slipped away from us. Since the late 1980s, it had been my good...
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It's the corporate version of the old political adage "Never let a big crisis go to waste."(Photo: Austin Kirk/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Sacrificing People to Corporate Profit
I think I've figured out the real reason President Donald Trump refuses to wear a coronavirus mask: He realizes that we'd all recognize him as the masked robber who has been moving furtively behind the scenes during the pandemic to rig the rules against workaday folks in order to further enrich...
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