Jim Hightower

How Much “Free Speech” Can You Buy?
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How Much “Free Speech” Can You Buy?

 BY JIM HIGHTOWER In today’s so-called “democratic” election process, Big Money doesn’t talk, it roars — usually drowning out the people’s voice. Bizarrely, the Supreme Court decreed in its 2010 Citizens United ruling that money is a form of “free speech.” Thus, declared the learned justices, people and corporations are henceforth allowed to spend unlimited…

‘We Are Writing the Rules,’ says Obama. Who’s ‘We’?
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‘We Are Writing the Rules,’ says Obama. Who’s ‘We’?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER The negotiations and the sales push behind Washington’s latest [and biggest] “free trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater. What theater? Kabuki. It’s a 17th Century form of Japanese drama, featuring elaborate sets and costuming, rhythmic dialogue and stylized acting and dancing. That does, indeed, nicely sum up the White House’s production of…

A Flagrant Liar For President?
Columnists, Front Page

A Flagrant Liar For President?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER We’ve got a new darling in the GOP presidential race: Carly Fiorina! Being the darling du jour, however, can be dicey – just ask Rick Perry and Scott Walker, two former darlings who are now out of the race, having turned into ugly ducklings by saying stupid things. But Fiorina is smart,…

Grassroots Democracy-Building In Iowa
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Grassroots Democracy-Building In Iowa

BY JIM HIGHTOWER As Henrik Ibsen said: “You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.” Democracy is never given to us, but has to be won through constant struggle against the elites who keep scheming to siphon ever more of society’s money and power into their…

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