Jim Hightower

The AgriCULTURE Attitude
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The AgriCULTURE Attitude

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Thanksgiving – let’s eat! America’s most food-focused holiday traces its roots back to the abundant feast that Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed together in the fall of 1621. Not even half of the 100 or so Mayflower Pilgrims and crew who’d arrived at Plymouth Rock the previous December survived their first, grim…

Privatization Is Not An Option
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Privatization Is Not An Option

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Unable to find a fatal flaw in our far-flung public mail delivery network, the anti-Postal Service forces manufactured a fake flaw. In 2006, then-president George W. Bush, congressional Republican leaders, the powerful “privatizer lobby” [including FedEx, UPS and Wall Street speculators] and Koch-funded think tanks and Astroturf front groups colluded to put…

Pulling A Con On The People
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Pulling A Con On The People

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Donald Trump hates you. But don’t take it personally, he hates me, too – and all of us who constitute The Public. The billionaire’s antipathy is not directed at us as individuals, but as users of publicly provided services – such as schools, parks, health care, buses, collective bargaining, libraries and environmental…

A Bawdyhouse Of Bad Right-Wing Ideas
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A Bawdyhouse Of Bad Right-Wing Ideas

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Ideally, elections are about ideas. In our dark times of money-soaked, bitterly negative campaigns, however, policy discussions are being shoved aside by raw partisanship and vitriol. This not only means that good ideas are ignored, but also that downright bad ideas can become public policy without the public knowing it. For example,…

Front-Porch Politics
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Front-Porch Politics

BY JIM HIGHTOWER If you despair that a mysterious plague of incurable political knuckleheadism has swept our country, turning previously progressive white working-class people into mindless Trump worshippers, check out “The Promise of a Progressive Populist Movement”. This report is the work of People’s Action, a multiracial, grassroots coalition. This year, its volunteers knocked on…

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