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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Monday, August 01, 2016
Populism Even Republicans Can Get Behind
What if organizers and volunteers joined forces to run a nationwide campaign to replace today’s corporate-owned congress — all at once? Yes, one sweeping campaign against all incumbents of either party who owe their jobs to Big Money. A new campaign called Brand New Congress is trying to do just...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Campaigns End on Election Day. Revolutions Don't.
The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics — as — usual to reestablish its grip on the system. Here's why I think they're dead wrong: First, whatever...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
What's Next for the Bernie Sanders Revolution?
As we approach the upcoming Democratic convention, let's look back at the race... and forward to the future. The mainstream media tried to reduce the two Democratic campaigns as a Hillary v. Bernie war. The reality, though, is that most Sanders backers were enthusiastic precisely because his...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hillary Wants to Bring Back Bill. She Shouldn’t.
This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Clinton is the one who recently stunned me. Attempting to convince wary working class families that she’ll lift up the poor, shore up the middle class, and stand against the abuses of her Wall Street...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Who Says Crime Doesn't Pay?
Hey, can we all just stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street's big money-grubbing banks? Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their frauds, rigged casino games, and raw greed. And, yes, the Bush and Obama regimes rushed to bail them out with trillions of dollars in...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Crime Can Pay if It’s Big Enough
Wow, $5 billion. That’s the stunning amount Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay to settle federal criminal charges over its shameful financial scams, which helped wreck America’s economy in 2008. That’s a lot of gold, even for Goldman. Yet the Wall Street powerhouse says it’s “ pleased ” to swallow...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Dodgy Dave and How the Panama Papers Reveal Scandalous Hypocrisy
It's always educational to observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, we learn that there's nothing more vicious than a wild animal that's cornered. I would add that there's nothing more devious than a top political or corporate official caught in a scandalous hypocrisy...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
How Do You Make Change Happen? Show Up
In my travels and conversations this year, I've been encouraged that grassroots people of all progressive stripes (populist, labor, liberal, environmental, women, civil libertarian, et al.) are well aware of the slipperiness of "victory" and want Washington to get it right this time. So over and...
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Friday, March 25, 2016
Stand Up and Sit In for Democracy
The jig is up, my time has come. I’m about to be arrested. They’ll be hauling me away in mid-April. Not for doing anything wrong but for standing up for what’s right. Or, more accurately, I’ll be sitting down for what’s right by participating in a sit-in at the U.S. Capitol. "The moment is ripe to...
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Caught in the Corporate Feeding Frenzy
The “human resources” departments of huge corporations are known for issuing helpful bulletins to employees, such as this old joke: “The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Beatings of workers these days take the form of slashing wages and benefits, offshoring jobs, busting unions, and...
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