Stories by 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 (Wiley, March 2008). He publishes the monthly Hightower Lowdown, co-edited by Phillip Frazer. subscribe to Jim Hightower's feed

Posted on: May 2, 2010, Source: Bill Moyers Journal

"We need a lot more agitation. [T]hat's the only thing that succeeds from a progressive side in changing politics in America."

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

We need to focus on those shadowy players who're pulling the strings from behind the scenes to impose their special interest over America's public interest.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Thank goodness the airline chiefs are not trying to run a hot dog stand or taco trailer. The competition would kill them.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The miners are dead because self-serving profiteers in the coal industry use their political clout to fend off safety regulations by the big, bad government.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Is there no sanity, no smidgen of integrity in our government? Are no public officials on our side? Meet Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Think corporations share some of mankind's key characteristics, like compassion? Think again. As Joseph Casias' case illustrates, they're more ruthless than ever.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Right-wing fanatics are turning "Texas education" into an oxymoron.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

How billionaires' money took over Washington -- and created the mobs who rant against reform.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Doris Haddock made her voice heard. She embodied the national yearning for democratic reform and rallied a movement.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Obama-ites seem incapable of firm stands. They excite us by boldly addressing our economic woes. But when it comes time to follow through -- it's droopsville.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Greece's crushing debt has exploded into a full-blown crisis, with the country on the precipice of the unthinkable: the default of a sovereign nation. Thanks Goldman Sachs.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The five court corporatists seemed to think that their sneak attack on America's democratic ideals would be meekly accepted by the public. Hardly.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The great thing about Corporate America is that competition is always fierce for the national title of greediest.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

No other group in America has anywhere near the voice and raw political power that corporations exert every day. But the Supreme Court decided they needed more power.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Where else can raw ignorance rise to such high places -- and then flaunt itself shamelessly for all to see?

Posted on: Jan 24, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

ACORN helps the poor become political and economic players. That's why the money powers unleashed right-wing politics to go after ACORN with a blood lust.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Our financial rulers were so intoxicated with the fumes of their own omnipotence that they failed abjectly as regulators, as public servants and, most certainly, as gods.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Welcome to the latest reach by commercial hucksters to cover every square inch of America the Beautiful with ads.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

I was working on my list of New Year's resolutions when it occurred to me that some of the people running our country could benefit from my suggestions.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Democratic majority in the House pushed through a widely ballyhooed set of reforms. Pelosi promised "the most honest, ethical and open Congress in history. How'd that work out?