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: 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.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Members of Congress and their families are blessed with their very own gold-plated, taxpayer-financed, Washington-run health care system.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

When the tiny Rock Art Brewery in Vermont decided to name its beer "The Vermonster," they soon discovered that a behemoth drinks company was trying to push them around.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

FDR, when he faced deep and spreading national insecurity, made jobs first -- not last. And so should Obama.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Entrusting Baucus with the heavy job of shepherding health care reform through the upper chamber is like asking Tweety Bird to lift a bowling ball.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The bankers who brought us the disaster of 2008 have created a new financial instrument called "life settlements" -- call it morbid capitalism.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Food corporations are hoping to cash in on the growing public concern about nutrition by launching a program that labels some junk food healthy.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Since Astroturf itself is made up of petroleum, there's a certain poetic symmetry in having Big Oil produce the silliest astroturf campaign yet.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Starbucks is now striving to be the anti-Starbucks, dressing up as funky neighborhood coffeehouses with a cool vibe.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to corporate-friendly policies enacted under the Bush Administration, the legal organic standard is filled with loopholes.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The largest banking chains are going out of their way to stiff us.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Agitators created America, and it's their feisty spirit and outright rebelliousness that we celebrate on our national holiday.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

What's going on here is not the "magic of the marketplace," but some hocus-pocus by brand-name dealers.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

China now owns one of the West's most decadent consumer products.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Now is the time for us to flex some grass-roots political muscle and force Obama to stick to his promise to stop mountaintop coal removal.

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Contamination has become so widespread that major frozen food purveyors admit they can no longer ensure the safety of their products.

Posted on: May 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Goldman holds billions in taxpayer cash, plans for billions in exec bonuses this year, and has powerful friends in Obama's govt. up the wazoo.

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Yet more evidence that the banks own Washington.