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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"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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Medical staff wearing full PPE clean a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on June 30, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo: Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The GOP's Grotesque Response to a Pandemic Will Never Be Forgotten
Harking back to the embarrassing days of Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry, my state of Texas is once again saddled with a Republican gubernatorial goober. Greg Abbott is this guy's name, and he's another incompetent right-wing ideologue whose botched handling of our state's COVID-19 crisis makes President...
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An unexpected and profound impact of today's horrific coronavirus crisis is that it is quietly prompting a societywide recalibration of the rocky road our nation's power elites have put us on. (Photo: iStock/sv_sunny) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
COVID-19 Is Prompting a Societywide Recalculation
Laissez-faire ideologue Ronald Reagan used to delight in mocking the very idea that government should provide health protection, food aid, income support or other public assistance to people in need. The Gipper derided "big government" as both a hopeless bungler and an insatiable beast that devours...
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Through the little-known 1033 program, the Pentagon has been shipping massive amounts of surplus war equipment to our local gendarmes. (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
The Militarization of 'Officer Friendly'
From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil, but in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition. How? Simply by militarizing police departments. Through the little-known 1033 program, the Pentagon has been...
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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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