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Sunday, December 10, 2017
jim hightower

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
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
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