IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sun, 04 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17982-bing-bing-bong-bong-bing-bing.html Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing
 What an election year. I feel like I’ve been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a vi...]]>
The Koch connection http://illinoistimes.com/article-17959-the-koch-connection.html The Koch connection
Tug on any right-wing thread in America and you’ll most likely find that it’s tied to the multi-billionaire Koch boys, Charles and David. While the brothers are infamous for funneling hundreds of...]]>
Takeaways from the election http://illinoistimes.com/article-17929-takeaways-from-the-election.html Takeaways from the election
Buckle up, friends. It’s going to be a hairy ride.Start with Day One for President Trump (gotta get used to saying that). He will need to be up-and-at-’em no later than 12:01 a.m., for during...]]>
Why we should reach across borders http://illinoistimes.com/article-17904-why-we-should-reach-across-borders.html Why we should reach across borders
A nation’s border is nothing in and of itself. It’s just an inanimate line on a map, in the dirt, on a riverbank. It has no philosophy, personality, feelings or meaning – beyond what people on e...]]>
The Cannon Ball saga http://illinoistimes.com/article-17868-the-cannon-ball-saga.html The Cannon Ball saga
 The Dakota Access Pipeline is a massive 1,172-mile-long pipeline being constructed by Energy Transfer Partners. It will cut through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. This pipeline,...]]>
A tale of two pipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17860-a-tale-of-two-pipes.html A tale of two pipes
A dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation on a remote stretch of the northern Plains in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural pow...]]>
The ethical rot of Wells Fargo http://illinoistimes.com/article-17820-the-ethical-rot-of-wells-fargo.html The ethical rot of Wells Fargo
 Just when you thought that Big Banker greed surely bottomed out with 2008’s Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing even deeper into the ethical slime to reach a prev...]]>
‘Our Revolution’ is on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-17796-%25E2%2580%2598our-revolution%25E2%2580%2599-is-on-the-move.html ‘Our Revolution’ is on the move
Revolutions R Us! From the big one in 1776 that created our nation to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 political uprising against America’s new plutocratic elites, democratic change comes when workaday people...]]>
Laboratories of democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17784-laboratories-of-democracy.html Laboratories of democracy
In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America’s federal structure is that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a...]]>
Donnie is a Trumpist, not a populist http://illinoistimes.com/article-17755-donnie-is-a-trumpist-not-a-populist.html Donnie is a Trumpist, not a populist
 To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertainty. Thus, it is important to point out that America’s superrich are intentionally and brazenly knocking down the middle class a...]]>
What 47 cents buys these days http://illinoistimes.com/article-17731-what-47-cents-buys-these-days.html What 47 cents buys these days
Although most of us take it for granted, the U.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...]]>
Cleaning up after pundits http://illinoistimes.com/article-17684-cleaning-up-after-pundits.html Cleaning up after pundits
 Being a muckracking political writer often makes me feel like a custodian in a horse barn, constantly shoveling manure. Indeed, I’m now a certified Equine Excrement Engineer, having developed...]]>
How does a CEO feel good about being vile? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17659-how-does-a-ceo-feel-good-about-being-vile.html How does 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 mora...]]>
Why can’t our economy promote equality? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17639-why-can%25E2%2580%2599t-our-economy-promote-equality.html Why can’t our economy promote equality?
Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks – why don’t we “Take On Wall Street”?You don’t have to be in Who’s W...]]>
Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge http://illinoistimes.com/article-17591-donnie%25E2%2580%2599s-little-lies-are-huuuuuge.html 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 spee...]]>
Legalized highway robbery http://illinoistimes.com/article-17576-legalized-highway-robbery.html Legalized highway robbery
Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achiev...]]>
The populist insurgency is ratcheting up http://illinoistimes.com/article-17551-the-populist-insurgency-is-ratcheting-up.html 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 progressi...]]>
Campaigns end on Election Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-17530-campaigns-end-on-election-day.html Campaigns end on Election Day
 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-us...]]>
What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17493-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-for-the-bernie-sanders-revolution.html What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution?
Outside of Bernie Sanders’ circle, a multitude of Bernie supporters are not waiting on a smoke signal from headquarters. With the primaries over, a mushrooming, percolate-up creativity has already b...]]>
How to make a political platform http://illinoistimes.com/article-17476-how-to-make-a-political-platform.html How to make a political platform
 Last weekend in Orlando, Fla., I spent two hot, muggy days wrangling over policy issues as one of the members of the Democratic Party’s national platform committee. The worst development at th...]]>
It’s getting hot in Indianapolis http://illinoistimes.com/article-17452-it%25E2%2580%2599s-getting-hot-in-indianapolis.html It’s getting hot in Indianapolis
If the chieftains of industry and their political henchmen want to know what’s roiling the riffraff, they could read Thomas Piketty’s landmark 1,000-page book on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-...]]>
Why Brexit shocked global elites http://illinoistimes.com/article-17422-why-brexit-shocked-global-elites.html Why Brexit shocked 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 establish...]]>
Souring Chicago’s sweet treat http://illinoistimes.com/article-17389-souring-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-sweet-treat.html Souring Chicago’s sweet treat
In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco’s monumental 10-story plant in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had it that...]]>
Is there an iota of courage in the GOP? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17372-is-there-an-iota-of-courage-in-the-gop.html Is there an iota of courage in the GOP?
 This year’s freakish presidential election has now devolved into an ethnic brouhaha between two foreigners: A Mexican and a German.The “Mexican” is Gonzalo Curiel. He’s a federal judge w...]]>
Bringing back Bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-17336-bringing-back-bill.html Bringing back Bill
 What’s past, as Shakespeare has told us, is prologue.2016 has been a wild political season. This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Cli...]]>
A new species of jumping beans http://illinoistimes.com/article-17316-a-new-species-of-jumping-beans.html A new species of jumping beans
 It isn’t trickery, but an odd twist in the natural world that creates the novelty of “Mexican jumping beans.” They’re not beans – they’re brownish seedpods from a desert shrub in nor...]]>
The fury beneath the phenomena http://illinoistimes.com/article-17296-the-fury-beneath-the-phenomena.html The fury beneath the phenomena
2016 has certainly been an odd year for the political and corporate elites. They certainly couldn’t predict (and then subsequently stayed in denial about) the groundswell from the masses in terms of...]]>
Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord http://illinoistimes.com/article-17266-meet-glencore-rapacious-global-lord.html Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord
 The beatings of American workers (wage slashing, axed benefits, union busting, mass firings, offshored factories and brutish abuse of worker rights) have been increasing in frequency, intensity...]]>
What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17244-what-does-it-mean-to-%25E2%2580%2598gig%25E2%2580%2599-american-workers.html What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers?
Pouty, whiney, spoiled-bratism is not nice coming from a four-year-old – but it’s grotesque when it comes from billion-dollar corporate elites like Uber and Lyft.The two internet-based ride-hiring...]]>
Who says crime doesn’t pay? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17198-who-says-crime-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-pay.html Who says crime doesn’t pay?
 Hey, can we all just stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street’s big money-grubbing banks?Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their frauds, rigged casino games...]]>