Stories by Jim Hightower

Populist author and radio commentator Jim Hightower writes The Hightower Lowdown, a monthly newsletter chronicling the ongoing fights by America’s ordinary people against rule by plutocratic elites. Sign up at subscribe to Jim Hightower's feed

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?

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Cut the music, and let's all ponder what Barack Obama, Roberts Gates, Stanley McChrystal and Co. are getting us into ... and whether we really want to go there.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The war on marijuana is insane; our officials keep sacrificing tax dollars, lives, civil liberties, and their own credibility in this misguided and losing effort.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Top executives were initially hurt by the public's moral outrage. But their sense of entitlement quickly kicked in, and now they claim they're the good guys.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The latest job numbers mock the smiley-faced claims of economists and polticos that the Great Recession is over.