Stories by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new 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: Jan 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While tea party regulars are giddy with the thought that their movement took over the U. S. House, they were actually a Trojan horse for powerful corporate interests.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Our society can tolerate such raw selfishness by the privileged few, or it can have democracy. It can't have both.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

We can have the kind of economy, government, environment, and country we want, if we keep pushing, organizing, building, and otherwise doing the work of democracy.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2010, Source: Other Words

With two million employees laboring in 8,500 stores spread around the globe, somehow Walmart is trying to put on a "local" mask.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As the 12 jurors affirmed their "guilty" vote, DeLay was visibly stunned, unable to comprehend that someone of his importance could be treated just like a regular thief.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Large corporations are trying to put on a progressive face. Don't be fooled.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source: Other Words

Boneheaded executives and greed-headed investors might be draining the fresh water supplies where you live.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The annual bonuses paid to Wall Street's top bankers keep rising, even with the economy in the tank.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Airline executives are showing in myriad ways that they hate their customers.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Our soldiers have been fighting, bleeding and dying in two hellacious, multitrillion-dollar conflagrations since 2001 -- their blood continues to flow, with no end in sight.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The most pampered people on the planet -- people who wallow in luxury, with never a concern about losing a job or getting their kids into college -- are wailing in self-pity.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Death ought not be the price of having a job. But corporate deaths are happening every day, and our "leaders" are accepting it. It's a national disgrace.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

America's corporate chieftains must love poor people, for they're doing all they can to create millions more of them. Let's put a stop to this.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The financial giants hired away nearly 150 regulators, luring them with fat salaries to switch sides and become industry lobbyists.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We need someone who's not afraid to go up against the big banks and who won't be influenced by the money of Wall Street.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Shirley Sherrod fiasco didn't just expose ugliness on the part of Breitbart, Fox News and Obama. It also overshadowed another, truly racist act.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As personal economies keep shriveling, politicians are more interested in comforting the comfortable.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Let the ideas percolate up from a thousand localities!

Posted on: Jun 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The two species have a natural affinity for each other. It's likely they sprang from the same genetic pool.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

We must reclaim populism from dissemblers and hijackers because populism is a legitimate, positive, uniting political expression with a rich history.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

BP has been implicated in bribery, overthrowing governments, plunder and money laundering, plus having established one of the worst safety records in the industry.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet

"What we're witnessing is not merely a human and environmental horror, but also an appalling deterioration in our nation's governance."

Posted on: May 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

This coveted corporate prize goes to the group of CEOs whose performances in the past 12 months exhibit the best combination of greediness, goofiness and grossness.

Posted on: May 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It wasn't God whose insatiable thirst for profit put a risky oil-pumping contraption afloat on mile-deep water. BP executives did that.

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.