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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The Rights of Nature movement is asserting the obvious: Earth's biosphere is not a free candy store for our taking. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
How to Arm Nature Against Corporate Profiteers
There's a hunters' nightmare in which a group of them flush some rabbits out of the brush, but rather than scampering away, the furry bunnies turn toward their stalkers. "Run!" shouts one of the hunters. "Run for your lives! The rabbits have guns!" Arming animals would make the sport of hunting a...
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This undermining of the workaday Americans goes against the very essence of America, from our egalitarian ideals to our can-do spirit. (Photo: Gillam/ Mayer Merkel & Ottmann lithograph, NY, 1883) Views
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Let's Re-fund America
The powerhouses of Wall Street have tunneled directly into the cloistered backrooms of Washington deal making, extracting trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, special tax breaks and regulatory favors every year. Yet, in a stupefying act of hypocrisy, they have also been the major...
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In just the first three quarters of 2018, big business quietly pocketed stunning tax savings they would have—and should have—paid to support America's public needs. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Where the Money Is
Famed bank robber Willie Sutton once explained that he busted into banks because "that's where the money is." What a small-timer! Corporate thieves—including the biggest banks—know that the big scores are in the tax code and federal budget. America's superrich establishment decided to woo Trump and...
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
What Is the 'AI Agenda,' Who's Pushing It and Why?
The great thing about corporate giants is that they are such amazing business innovators. Look at the Big Four airline oligopoly, for example. They've perfected the unique business model of the "double-squeeze": squeezing more customers into ever-smaller seats while simultaneously squeezing more...
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To one degree or another, each has taken steps that have incrementally advanced the supremacy of corporate interests over all others. (Photo: David Ohmer/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
As We Gape at Trump's Sideshow, Corporations Are Picking Our Pockets
As America rapidly urbanized in the 1920s and '30s, nearly every burgeoning city gave rise to a jumbled, boisterous side of town that lay somewhere between exciting and dangerous. One such place in my state, known as "Deep Ellum," was a stretch of Elm Street in East Dallas. A predominantly African...
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The report details a radical right-wing deregulation agenda that Trump & Company are quietly but determinedly pushing under the ruse of stimulating economic growth.(Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Trumponomics: Batman...or Dracula?
It's shocking, I tell you, shocking that some millionaires and billionaires would brazenly lie and cheat in a corrupt nationwide scheme to rig the entrance procedures of top colleges. As recently reported, these self-entitled elites were gaming the system in order to weasel their undeserving...
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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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