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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If all this seems like silliness from a satirical sitcom, it is. (Photo: Chris Millter/@chrizmillr) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Trump Blasts Into a New Frontier...for War
Bring on Captain Kirk, Spock and the whole intrepid "Star Trek" cast. And while you're at it, toss in some "Dr. Strangelove," for President Donald Trump is on a mission to turn science fiction into official military policy. Or is it the reverse? Either way, he's casting himself as a cosmic warrior...
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Monty Bennett, a major donor to Trump and GOP Congress critters, pressured his political henchmen and hired two lobbying firms in March to punch a huge conglomerate loophole in the PPP bill. Led by Sen. Marco Rubio, Congress inserted a special-interest proviso decreeing that while a big business cannot apply for payments, each unit of the corporation can. (Photo: Google Maps, iStock) Views
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
What's the Difference Between Corporate CEOs and Pigs?
Monty Bennett was just another faceless right-wing millionaire on the long list of high-dollar donors to Donald Trump—until he suddenly surfaced in April as the nation's biggest bagger of government cash in the emergency Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP is the $660 billion rescue package for...
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To help stop Trump's power play to set himself up as America's postal potentate and privatizer in chief, get information and campaign resources from the American Postal Workers Union and visit USMailNotForSale.org. (Photo: USMailNotforSale.org) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Why the Madman in the White House Wants to Kill the Post Office Amid a Pandemic
One thing we've learned for sure this year is that no national crisis is too awful to keep Trump & Company from exploiting it for their plutocratic political purposes. Obviously, COVID-19 is a god-awful crisis, having killed more than 55,000 Americans so far while also killing most of the U.S...
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In CorporateWorld, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That's why the corporate greed system will only be fixed when we outsiders impose real change on these incurably greed-headed insiders. Views
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The Deadly Economic Disease Behind COVID-19
In this horrible time of economic collapse, it is truly touching to see so many corporate chieftains reaching out in solidarity to the hard-hit working class. We know they're doing this, because they keep telling us they are — practically every brand-name giant has been spending millions of dollars...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 6, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Views
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Coronavirus and Small Government Sociopathy
Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: "Where's the government?" These are not born-again Bernie Sanders activists, but people of all political stripes (including previously apolitical multitudes) who are now clamoring for big government intervention in their lives...
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To have a People's government, we must build it. (Photo: julian meehan/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
To Have a People's Government, We the People Must Build It
In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early '60s, she essentially was a moderate — certainly not some movement rebel. Or so we thought ... until one lazy Sunday...
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Sunday, February 23, 2020
The Lie of Healthcare 'Choice'
Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some blatantly self-serving legislation: “They can’t make chicken salad out of chicken (bleep)!” Yet chicken (bleep) is all that the corporate health complex has to work with as it frantically tries to defend its...
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The establishment is trying to push the party’s candidates to surrender their progressive ideals and just tinker around the edges of actual change. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 13, 2020
The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive Debate
With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters and pundits descending on the tiniest blip in polls, this campaign already feels never-ending. But at long last, we’re beginning what matters: Voting! This year, in addition to decisions about candidates,...
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Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Health Care for People...or for Corporate Profits?
When grassroots groups rise up against the corporate establishment trying to win some specific progressive change for the common good, the odds against them can seem daunting. As an old saying puts it: Where there's a will ... there are 1,000 won'ts. Even though we Americans pay by far the highest...
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By far the most abundant commodity produced under the corporate-centric agriculture policy that's been in place for 50 years is not corn, cotton or cattle but stupidity. (Photo: Andrea Seaman/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
After a Half Century of Corporate Dominance Over the Food Economy, Change Is Coming
As we hurtle into the 2020s, the future of our food economy (and food itself) remains a fiercely contested competition between diametrically opposed visions: a negative pole consisting of the concentrated forces of corporate agriBusiness, which view the dinner plate strictly in terms of their own...
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