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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"For nearly 40 years, they and their uber-rich allies have been battering the legal structures and mechanisms that give ordinary people some chance to control their own destinies." (Image: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Examining the Kochtopus
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "...
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"You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less have it thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at the tippy-top." (Photo: Dean Chahim/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
A Regime of Austerity Versus the Common Good
Sometimes, it's useful to state the obvious. Here's a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America's economy is enormous. It's worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today's Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly forcing a regime...
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"But it's not magic, it's manipulation. And the top executives doing the manipulating are primary beneficiaries, since most of them are paid in shares of their own corporation's stock." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
We're Told the Dow Jones Average...
Language matters. For example, the way our society's leaders choose to comment on the health of America's economy can either make clear to us commoners what's going on — or obfuscate, hide and even lie about the reality we face. Consider that the most common measurement that the media, politicians...
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"African-American populists won big in races for local offices across the South." (Photo: Populism2015) Views
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The South is Rising Again
In the past year, we've seen a burst of audacious political assertiveness coming out of Old Dixie, and I'm not talking about those Trumpeteering, tiki-torch-brandishing, tinhorn KKKers the media focuses on. The real story is that a fresh, "Reclaim the South" movement of young African-American...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Exposing Our 'Populist' President as a Naked Plutocrat
Why does Donald Trump constantly preface his outlandish lies with such phrases as: "To be honest with you," "To tell the truth" and "Believe me"? Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so...
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"Just as progressives deliberately pushed public policies to create the middle class, so are today's economic royalists deliberately pushing plutocratic policies to destroy it." (Hollywata/Flickr cc 2.0) Views
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
What's Killing America's Middle Class?
It is said that the rich and poor will always be among us — but nowhere is it written that the middle class is a sure thing. Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations — where the common yeoman (neither rich nor poor) has been hailed from 1776 forward as America's greatest strength — the...
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Inequality is Feeding America
Inequality doesn't just come out of the blue; it's intentionally created by decisions that elites make — usually behind closed doors, so those knocked down don't know what (or who) hit them. Take America's 4 million fast-food workers, whose average pay hovers around a miserly $300 a week before...
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Migrant workers harvest lettuce at Lakeside Organic Gardens in Watsonville, CA (USDA photo by Bob Nichols.) Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
America’s Farmworkers Face Poverty, Neglect, and Now Deportation
Every decade or so, America’s mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor. Stories run, the public is outraged, assorted officials pledge action, then… nothing changes. Several news...
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"Craft breweries are gaining market share — production of good beer was up 12 percent last year to 24.6 million barrels." (Photo: Alcase/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Breakfast and Beer
Let's talk about two daily essentials: Breakfast and, of course, beer. Mass marketers of breakfast cereals have been in a downward sales spiral for about a decade, so they're getting back to their roots (sort of). Few folks know that some of the oldest and biggest brands of today's artificially...
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"Uber-rich Amazon doesn't need and certainly doesn't deserve this giveaway, but officials in 238 cities have prostrated themselves in front of the welfare queen in an embarrassing bid to win her nod." Views
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Why Does Amazon Get Corporate Welfare?
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the man of unbounded ambition who founded Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as "Earth's most customer-centric company." He's considered a model of tech wizardry for having totally reinvented retail marketing for our smart-phone, globally-linked age...
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