IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Thu, 26 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Examining the Kochtopus http://illinoistimes.com/article-19926-examining-the-kochtopus.html Examining the Kochtopus
 Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property ri...]]>
Learning from DeMarco http://illinoistimes.com/article-19913-learning-from-demarco.html Learning from DeMarco
I apologize for turning inward for a personal commentary today, but Susan DeMarco is an admirable example of the virtue of citizen activism. She didn’t dwell in the media limelight, yet she’s one...]]>
A regime of austerity http://illinoistimes.com/article-19869-a-regime-of-austerity.html A regime of austerity
 Sometimes, it’s useful to state the obvious. Here’s a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America’s economy is enormous. It’s worth saying that out loud and repeating it to o...]]>
How low can the barons of high finance go? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19860-how-low-can-the-barons-of-high-finance-go.html How low can the barons of high finance go?
Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s multi-billionaire education secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over democracy. DeVos presently holds...]]>
Thieves in the suites http://illinoistimes.com/article-19836-thieves-in-the-suites.html Thieves in the suites
 Today’s captains of corporate capitalism like to think of themselves not as mere businesspeople, but as modern society’s genius “innovators.”Sounds positive ... until you ask the key que...]]>
Everybody does better when everybody does better http://illinoistimes.com/article-19811-everybody-does-better-when-everybody-does-better.html Everybody does better when everybody does better
My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it – didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s rich democratic ethos.But he knew about...]]>
The Dow Jones industrial average http://illinoistimes.com/article-19773-the-dow-jones-industrial-average.html The Dow Jones industrial average
The most common measurement that the media, politicians and corporations use to tell us whether our economy is zooming or sputtering is Wall Street’s index of stock prices. The media literally spews...]]>
The zeitgeist, it is a-changing http://illinoistimes.com/article-19761-the-zeitgeist-it-is-a-changing.html The zeitgeist, it is a-changing
Last year’s grassroots progressive runs for office laid to rest much of the Democratic Party’s orthodoxy about who is “electable” and how it’s essential that candidates – in hopes of attra...]]>
What will the Trump mob kill next? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19738-what-will-the-trump-mob-kill-next.html What will the Trump mob kill next?
 From the start of his White House tenure, the Trumpsters have plotted, stalked and serially killed vibrant members of the English language.The word “fact” was the first to go. Robust and uni...]]>
The South is rising again http://illinoistimes.com/article-19716-the-south-is-rising-again.html The South is rising again
A fresh “Reclaim the South” movement of young African-American populists is emerging, kindling long-suppressed hope in the racially scarred Deep South and offering the possibility of real economic...]]>
Exposing our ‘populist’ president http://illinoistimes.com/article-19691-exposing-our-%25E2%2580%2598populist%25E2%2580%2599-president.html Exposing our ‘populist’ president
Just in the past year, Trump’s documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon.It’s not the volume of his fabrications that is so gross, but their e...]]>
Why the American majority despises Trump’s Washington http://illinoistimes.com/article-19668-why-the-american-majority-despises-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-washington.html Why the American majority despises Trump’s Washington
Donald Trump, never lacking in self-esteem, bragged in 2016: “I know words – I have the best words.”Well, sometimes he does put together a coherent sentence using some very fine words that conve...]]>
Fed up with corporate-rigged politics? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19635-fed-up-with-corporate-rigged-politics.html Fed up with corporate-rigged politics?
 Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections, America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that...]]>
Inequality is feeding America http://illinoistimes.com/article-19624-inequality-is-feeding-america.html Inequality is feeding America
Last year, Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at least $50 million to a corporation, and then it tallied the number of jobs created. The average cost per job was $658...]]>
What’s killing America’s middle class? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19595-what%25E2%2580%2599s-killing-america%25E2%2580%2599s-middle-class.html What’s killing America’s middle class?
 Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations, the U.S. actually had no broad middle class until one was created in the 1930s and ‘40s. And, yes, “created” is the correct term for...]]>
Inequality is feeding America http://illinoistimes.com/article-19574-inequality-is-feeding-america.html Inequality is feeding America
 Inequality doesn’t just come out of the blue, it’s intentionally created by decisions that elites make – usually behind closed doors, so those knocked down don’t know what (or who) hit t...]]>
Breakfast and beer http://illinoistimes.com/article-19550-breakfast-and-beer.html Breakfast and beer
 Let’s talk about two daily essentials: breakfast and, of course, beer.Mass marketers of breakfast cereals have been in a downward sales spiral for about a decade, so they’re getting back to...]]>
The great scamazon http://illinoistimes.com/article-19477-the-great-scamazon.html The great scamazon
 In September Amazon, the $136-billion-a-year, multi-tentacled monopolist, sparked a prairie fire of excitement among state and local economic development officials when it coyly announced its in...]]>
Why net neutrality is an important democratic virtue http://illinoistimes.com/article-19463-why-net-neutrality-is-an-important-democratic-virtue.html Why net neutrality is an important democratic virtue
We’re told by politicos, pundits and internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet while thi...]]>
Why so many Americans hate Trump’s tax reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-19434-why-so-many-americans-hate-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-reform.html Why so many Americans hate Trump’s tax reform
 Sam Rayburn of Texas, who was a legendary Speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and ’50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the p...]]>
Why Al Franken should not resign http://illinoistimes.com/article-19413-why-al-franken-should-not-resign.html Why Al Franken should not resign
Jim Hightower is on vacation this week.The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken’s resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensi...]]>
Donald Trump’s strange bromances http://illinoistimes.com/article-19378-donald-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-strange-bromances.html Donald Trump’s strange bromances
 “We’ve had a great relationship,” exulted a giddy Donald Trump, following his two-day schmoozefest in Manila with the thuggish president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.Duterte, a self...]]>
Why reward bad corporate behavior with more tax breaks? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19362-why-reward-bad-corporate-behavior-with-more-tax-breaks.html Why reward bad corporate behavior with more tax breaks?
 As anyone who has ever been to any of the many cities that are graced with a Trump hotel, casino, golf resort, etc. likely knows, Donald Trump insists that his name be gaudily displayed in giant...]]>
Why does Amazon get corporate welfare? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19330-why-does-amazon-get-corporate-welfare.html Why does Amazon get corporate welfare?
 No one has imagined corporate domination more expansively nor pushed it harder or further than Jeffery Preston Bezos, and his Amazon stands today as the most advanced and the most ambitious mode...]]>
Trump’s wars http://illinoistimes.com/article-19297-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-wars.html Trump’s wars
 So, President Trump makes what was to be a condolence phone call to the young widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four American soldiers killed on a military patrol in Niger – and all o...]]>
We are Luddites http://illinoistimes.com/article-19265-we-are-luddites.html We are Luddites
 Today’s proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. The profiteers and techies propelling us into the deep...]]>
Think your job is safe from the robot invasion? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19234-think-your-job-is-safe-from-the-robot-invasion.html Think your job is safe from the robot invasion?
 Industrial automatons have been on the march for years, devouring the middle-class job opportunities of factory workers. But this time is different. This mass-scale deployment of robots has alre...]]>
Do better than a rip-off health care system http://illinoistimes.com/article-19214-do-better-than-a-rip-off-health-care-system.html Do better than a rip-off health care system
News flash: Republican congressional leaders have come up with yet another grand scheme to fix America’s health care system. So, look out – because when they say “fix,” they mean it in the sam...]]>
Populist victory in a conservative town http://illinoistimes.com/article-19190-populist-victory-in-a-conservative-town.html Populist victory in a conservative town
 Since the 1990s, Colorado Springs has been shaped by an inordinate number of right-wing institutions. Yet the Springs also is home to a hardy band of progressives.With Bernie Sanders bringing ne...]]>
How to get a health care system for people http://illinoistimes.com/article-19151-how-to-get-a-health-care-system-for-people.html How to get a health care system for people
Believe it or not, we can get Congress to enact a new program providing good quality, lower-cost health care for your family and (what the hell, let’s think big here) for every man, woman and (espec...]]>