Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the books "Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow" (2008) and "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos: A Work of Political Subversion" (1998). 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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Medical workers hug outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic on May 7, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 270,000 lives with over 3.9 million infections reported. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Timeless Truths for Trying Times
In a spoof of country music's sad songs of heartache and woe, the old "Hee Haw" TV show periodically featured a couple of its regulars dejectedly wailing a song of total anguish: "Gloom, despair, and agony on me "Deep, dark depression, excessive misery "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck...
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Amazon warehouse. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Thinking of Amazon Workers This Holiday Season
During the hectic holiday shopping season, Jeff Bezos' Amazon may seem like a great option, especially for us procrastinators. Anything you want can be shipped directly to your doorstep. All it takes is a few clicks on the Amazon website — and, of course, some of your hard-earned money. The media...
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The Department of Agriculture is a big office—if we dare to use it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, December 04, 2020
Make USDA 'The People’s Department' Again
Years ago, Robert Kennedy noted that progress is hard. “Progress is nice,” he said, “but its agent is change, and change has its enemies.” Kennedy’s recognition that gutsy, honest leadership is necessary to confront wealthy interests and advance the common good directly applies to one of the most...
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Biden must be pushed to make a solid progressive choice for secretary of agriculture, someone unencumbered by financial or political ties to the status quo and willing to practice what the late Rep. John Lewis called getting into "good trouble, necessary trouble." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Who Cares Who the Secretary of Agriculture Is?
Years ago, Robert Kennedy noted that making economic, political and social progress is hard because such advances require rejecting the same old business-as-usual policies that sustain the establishment's profits and power. "'Progress' is the nice word," he said. "But change is its motivator. And...
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A demonstrator holds a "Tax the Rich" sign during a protest in New York on June 27, 2020. Views
Sunday, November 15, 2020
It’s Not Trump’s Country — Even in ‘Trump Country’
Trump may have lost his bid for reelection, but many will still wonder: How has America turned so right-wing that a narcissistic, wannabe-dictator like Trump was even in the running? A vocal of minority of the president’s supporters may be racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic. And a bunch of uber-...
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A construction worker wearing a mask drags a barricade on a closed street on September 29, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Trump's Anti-Labor Department
In building glittery enclaves like Trump Tower, luxury resorts and casinos, our shady dealmaker of a president has routinely used lies, bankruptcies, union busting and plain-old wage theft to stiff the working people who built and staffed them. So, it's no surprise that, while bombastically...
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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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