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Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a nationally syndicated columnist and one of America's most prominent progressive voices. His column carried by more than 75 publications across the country. Prior to becoming a writer, Hightower served as Texas Agricultural Commission from 1982 to 1991.

Supporters cheer as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters following the closing of the polls in the California presidential primary in Santa Monica, California

What’s Next For The Bernie Sanders Revolution?

Most Bernie Sanders backers were enthusiastic precisely because his campaign’s purpose was far bigger than the usual personality politics. Supporters were signing up for a revolution against corporate rule. Achieving this is much harder than one presidential run.

July 21, 2016
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How To Make A Political Platform Progressive

Bernie Sanders’ 40-percent minority of platform members (of which I was one) managed to “Bern” the platform with more than two dozen big and very important amendments. As a result, Democrats and their nominee, Hillary Clinton, are now on public record in support of the most progressive policy agenda in decades.

July 15, 2016
The Union Jack and the European Union flag are seen flying in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar

Why Was The Brexit Vote So Shocking to Global Elites?

The most shocking thing about “Brexit” — the British people’s resounding vote to pull their country out of the European Union — is that it came as such a shock to the British establishment. After all, say the flummoxed elites, everyone who is anyone in Great Britain was opposed to exiting.

July 1, 2016
oreo cookie

Souring Chicago’s Sweet Treat

Nabisco intends to move the iconic Oreo brand — and the jobs of 600 top-quality bakery workers — from Chicago to Mexico, where the minimum wage is a bit more than $4. Not per hour, but per day.

June 23, 2016
A protester disrupts a rally with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pent Up Fury Beneath The Bernie And Donnie Phenomena

Instead of comprehending the public rage from the above injustices, the established powers have repeated the conventional wisdom that the hordes of blue-collar voters, young people, independents, and others surging into the two outsiders presidential campaigns have been naive, unrealistic, selfish, stupid, ignorant, racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, fascist or some combination of the above.

May 25, 2016
The logo of Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in the Swiss town of Baar, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Introducing Glencore, Rapacious Global Lord

Never heard of Glencore? Neither had I. Not merely big, it’s colossal — the tenth largest corporation in the world — with 160,000 employees in more than 50 countries on six continents. It produces and trades coal, oil, gas, metals, minerals, foodstuffs, and other commodities.

May 18, 2016
An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What Does It Mean To “Gig” American Workers?

Two internet-based ride-hiring brats, Uber and Lyft, have swaggered into
cities all across our country, insisting that they’re innovative,
tech-driven geniuses. As such, they consider themselves above the old laws
that other transportation companies, like taxis, follow. And they’ve made
it a corporate policy to throw hissy fits when cities — from Los Angeles
to Atlanta, Houston to Portland — have dared even to propose that they
obey rules too.

May 12, 2016
A Goldman Sachs sign is seen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Who Says Crime Doesn’t Pay?

Goldman Sachs’ CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, just awarded himself a $23 million paycheck for his work last year. That work essentially amounted to negotiating the deal with the government that makes shareholders pay for the bankers’ wrongdoings — while he and other top executives keep their jobs and pocket millions.

May 4, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets workers at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Why Bernie Will, Should And Must Stay In The Race

Bernie and the mass movement he’s fostering aren’t about to quit — they’ll organize in every primary still to come, be a major force at the Democratic convention, and keep pushing their ideals and policies in the general election… and beyond.

April 27, 2016
Panama papers

Panama Papers Reveal Scandalous Hypocrisy

America’s conniving richies don’t have to go to Panama to set up an offshore flim flam — they have the convenience of hiding their money and wrongdoings in secret accounts created right here in states like Delaware and Nevada.

April 20, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016.

How Do You Make Change Happen? Show Up

What should we do!?! How do we make Washington govern for all the people? What specific things can my group or I do now? Thanks for asking.

April 13, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Convention winter meetings in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Clueless GOP Establishment Is Fueling Hurricane Donnie Trump

Today’s Republican establishment now finds that it is so out of touch with regular voters that it now faces a howling, Category-5 hurricane that’s threatening to implode the Grand Old Party.

April 6, 2016
Demonstrators protest against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Who Are Our Rescuers? Us!

There’s no need to convince the American people that they’ve been stiffed. As they reveal in poll after poll, they know it, for they’re experiencing it personally, and they’re furious at the business-as-usual establishment that has done it to them.

March 24, 2016
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

How to Make Billboards Uglier

It’s “a bit creepy,” says Andy Stevens. And he works for Clear Channel!

March 10, 2016
A man passes by the NYSE in New York's financial district

To Get America Moving, Tax Financial Transactions

Rather than asking the Wall Street crowd to join us in paying a 6 to 12 percent sales tax, the major FTT proposal gaining support in the U.S. calls for a 0.5 percent assessment on stock transactions.

March 2, 2016
Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses media during event on Capitol Hill in Washington

Why Should You And I Have To Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

We’re paying this guy a salary of $174,000 a year, plus another $19,400 for his “service” as majority leader. It’s insulting that he won’t even go through the motions of doing his job.

February 24, 2016
Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, arrives before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in Washington

How Big Pharma Is Trying to Improve Its Image

As one CEO arrogantly put it: “We’ve identified 7,000 Americans who matter.”

February 17, 2016
stack of money

How Corporate Bamboozlers Intend To Widen Inequality In America

The basic problem facing the corporate and political powers that want you and me to swallow their Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is that they can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure.

February 10, 2016
Ariana Hawk, 25, is the single mother of three children under the age of ten living in Flint, Mich.

What Really Poisoned The Water In Flint, Michigan

The bottom line of thinking you can simply apply corporate methods and ethics to public responsibilities is that very bad things can happen.

February 3, 2016
Bernie Sanders

Take The Movement To The White House

Bernie is serious about winning his run for the highest office.

January 27, 2016
Bernie Sanders

Something Is Happening

The great difference in this effort is that grassroots people themselves are taking charge — not leaving it to establishment office holders and party operatives to do the same old thing.

January 20, 2016
Trump border wall

Why The GOP’s Fence Fantasy Is A Farce

A proper wall, we’re told, makes good neighbors. But an 18-foot high, 2,000-mile-long wall goes way beyond proper, and it both antagonizes your neighbor and screams out your own pitiful fear and weakness.

January 13, 2016

Should Big Corporations Pay The Taxes They Owe?

We’re being told America must let the CEOs “repatriate” their foreign bounty by essentially forgiving the taxes they owe on it. That way, the corporations get to keep the money, and America gets to keep the corporations.

January 6, 2016

Merry Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope, And Jesus

“War on Christmas” whiners need to drop the poor little put-upon martyr act right now. Listen: No religion gets to brand public spaces as their religious property — that includes your. Also, “war” really is hell, with blood, lifelong trauma, and death. So stop pretending you’re in one.

December 23, 2015

Exxon’s Weapons Of Mass Confusion On Climate Change

This is far from a natural phenomenon. A handful of corporate interests are causing these catastrophes. Oil, coal, auto and a few other industrial powers have profited for decades by spewing fossil fuel contaminants into the world’s atmosphere.

December 16, 2015