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: Feb 18, 2011, Source: Hightower Lowdown

"Judicial activism" is way too tame a phrase for what Chief Justice Roberts & Co did here. This was a coup -- a plotted overthrow to enthrone corporate political interests.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The Kochs are used to running their nefarious network of political front groups from behind closed doors. But they've been exposed.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

He's rebranding his presidency, all right. It's becoming Obama Inc.

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.