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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.

Pull any right-wing thread to find the Koch connection

Tug On Any Right-Wing Thread To Find The Koch Connection

Donald Trump is not the only — or even the biggest — real and present danger to our democratic republic. Dark money from the Koch brothers and their billionaire brethren is the real threat.

November 16, 2016
Trump does not have a mandate for racism

Trump Does Not Have A Mandate For Racism

The major message from voters was, “We want change.” Trump is in the White House, but the takeaway from voters in this election is a mandate for progressive economic populism, not racism.

November 10, 2016
Trump border wall

Why We Should Reach Across Borders, Not Close Them

Trump doesn’t concern himself with the hardship his wall extension would have on the hard-working people living along the border. Rather than walling-off borders, our true national security requires that we reach across them in all directions.

November 3, 2016
Cannon Ball Saga: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police

The Cannon Ball Saga: An Epic Story From The American Heartland

There is an epic clash of two cultures — one with a guiding ethic of harmony between people and nature, the other driven by an ethos that encourages the exploitation of both. Yet, for months, our clueless media gave this match-up little coverage

October 26, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline protestors

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Tale Of Two Pipes

A dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural power symbolized by the Native American pipe against the bruising financial power of a giant pipeline.

October 20, 2016
Wells Fargo CEO Resigns

Wells Fargo: Stumpf Was Only The Tip Of Corporate Rot

The CEO is not the only leader who should be held accountable at Wells Fargo. Where were its board members, who are empowered and duty-bound to set, monitor, and assure ethnical corporate behavior from the top down?

October 16, 2016

State Secret: Why Down Ballot Races Matter So Much

The right wing has recognized that while the media and both major parties are riveted on this year’s macabre contest for the White House, that’s hardly the only race that matters.

October 1, 2016

Donnie Is A Trumpist, Not A Populist

There’s not a single populist muscle in Donnie’s whole plutocratic body. He will sell out wage earners, small business people, and anyone else to serve his own needs or whims, as his lifelong record (as opposed to his recent rhetoric) reveals.

September 21, 2016

What Can You Possibly Buy For 47 Cents These Days?

Although most of us take it for granted, America’s postal service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase A “Forever” postage stamp. Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will deliver your envelope to any address in the country by plane, train, bus, boat, truck, car, bike, pushcart, mule, on-foot or all of the above.

September 16, 2016
Donald Trump Speaks at Rally in Ohio

Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Trump Completely Wrong

Populism — a luminous term denoting both an uplifting doctrine of egalitarianism and a political-economic-cultural movement with deep roots in America’s progressive history — has been routinely sullied throughout 2016 by elites misusing it as synonym for ignorance and bigotry.

September 11, 2016

How Can A CEO Feel Good About Being Vile?

Corporate price gouging is never nice. But gouging people on the price of medicines they rely on to stay alive is worse than not nice — it’s predaceously evil. And if you think corporate morality can’t go lower than that, how about gouging people on the price of a life-saving medicine in order to jack up the personal pay of a drug maker’s CEO?

September 1, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality And Shared Prosperity?

You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules.

August 28, 2016

Donnie’s Little Lies are Huuuuuge

An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Now, however, we’ve been given an even-higher level of intentional deception: Policy speeches by Donald Trump.

August 17, 2016
A lock secures a chain on the steel fence of a foreclosed home previously owned by U.S. Bancorp in Los Angeles, California July 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Rampaging Debt Collectors Are Committing Highway Robbery

Susan Macharia, a California administrative employee, is one of thousands of middle-income and low-wage workers each year who get robbed by these relentless money grabbers. Out of the blue, she got a rude call in January from a collector demanding she pay $10,000 for a credit card debt she ran up in 2003.

August 11, 2016
Delegates wave banners to greet former U.S, President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking.

The Populist Insurgency Is Ratcheting Up

What an amazing Democratic primary season it was! And we now have this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt The Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans.

August 3, 2016

Campaigns End On Election Day. Revolutions Don’t.

The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics-as-usual to reestablish its grip on the system. They’re dead wrong,

July 27, 2016
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