IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sun, 25 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The GOP will free you from having health care http://illinoistimes.com/article-18819-the-gop-will-free-you-from-having-health-care.html The GOP will free you from having health care
When I think of freedom, I think of it in positive, aspirational terms – our First Amendment freedoms, for example, or FDR’s “Four Freedoms” or the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed...]]>
Will you enlist in Trump’s war? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18792-will-you-enlist-in-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-war.html Will you enlist in Trump’s war?
 Donald Trump missed the opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest ever in history!But,...]]>
Where does inequality come from? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18761-where-does-inequality-come-from.html Where does inequality come from?
The vast inequality that’s rending our society is not a natural, inevitable or accidental phenomenon – it’s caused intentionally by policy-decisions that corporate and political officials make,...]]>
What is worse than being poor? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18729-what-is-worse-than-being-poor.html What is worse than being poor?
 These are hard times for America’s gold miners. They’re struggling to haul wealth out of the land while seeing their pay drop further and further down.Take Bob Mercer. He’s been a top mine...]]>
Stop blaming workers for this mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18712-stop-blaming-workers-for-this-mess.html Stop blaming workers for this mess
 Anti-immigrant eruptions are older than the U.S. itself, and they’ve flared up periodically throughout our history, targeting the Irish, French, Italians and Chinese, among others. Even Donald...]]>
Trumpty Dumpty http://illinoistimes.com/article-18678-trumpty-dumpty.html Trumpty Dumpty
Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman!That’s the image our current Commander in Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all...]]>
Populism is not about angry mobs http://illinoistimes.com/article-18652-populism-is-not-about-angry-mobs.html Populism is not about angry mobs
 I’ve observed that the true political spectrum in our society does not range from right to left, but from top to bottom. This is how America’s economic and political systems really shake out...]]>
Keep our Postal Service public http://illinoistimes.com/article-18608-keep-our-postal-service-public.html Keep our Postal Service public
 Journalism, which is supposed to help make sense of our turbulent world, can’t seem to make sense of itself.In addition to “news,” we’re now getting “fake news” (stuff that’s compl...]]>
The people must build the people’s government http://illinoistimes.com/article-18589-the-people-must-build-the-people%25E2%2580%2599s-government.html The people must build the people’s government
In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early 1960s, she essenti...]]>
How can we stop banksters from robbing us? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18564-how-can-we-stop-banksters-from-robbing-us.html How can we stop banksters from robbing us?
 In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/I see lots of funny men/Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/Some with a fountain pen.”The foun...]]>
Activism is the only hope of restoring America’s democratic principles http://illinoistimes.com/article-18537-activism-is-the-only-hope-of-restoring-america%25E2%2580%2599s-democratic-principles.html Activism is the only hope of restoring America’s democratic principles
Homelessness, we’re told by pious politicos, is impossible to cure, and so more and more cities are resorting to criminalizing people struggling to live on the streets. But wait, say proponents of a...]]>
A clueless dealmaker’s deal goes down http://illinoistimes.com/article-18490-a-clueless-dealmaker%25E2%2580%2599s-deal-goes-down.html A clueless dealmaker’s deal goes down
 Question: What do you get when you mix together a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, a gross of hyperboles, a bucket of spite and a jar of venomous vituperation – all covered with a thick ...]]>
Real news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18464-real-news.html Real news
A decade ago, some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and seve...]]>
How magical is Donald Trump? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18439-how-magical-is-donald-trump.html How magical is Donald Trump?
 Trump & Company claim they have a sweeping mandate from voters to remake America –but wait, it is just a magic trick – almost half of the electorate chose not to vote in last November’...]]>
What to do about a mentally ill president? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18410-what-to-do-about-a-mentally-ill-president.html What to do about a mentally ill president?
It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged.I don’t mean that he’s merely idiosyncratic or pushing policies that I think are crazy, nor do I say this as j...]]>
The chicken and the egg http://illinoistimes.com/article-18385-the-chicken-and-the-egg.html The chicken and the egg
 Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somew...]]>
Wall Street plowboys http://illinoistimes.com/article-18355-wall-street-plowboys.html Wall Street plowboys
Every decade or so, the public is shocked by yet another discovery that migrant farmworkers are being horribly abused by the wealthy masters of the corporate food system. And here we go again.Last Nov...]]>
It’s time to put food policy back on the table http://illinoistimes.com/article-18330-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-put-food-policy-back-on-the-table.html It’s time to put food policy back on the table
 Remember last year’s presidential debates? Trump and Clinton talked about the needs of hard-hit working-class families, veterans and coal miners among others. But, hellloooo, where were farmer...]]>
Hallelujah, Trump rushes to aid the needy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18299-hallelujah-trump-rushes-to-aid-the-needy.html Hallelujah, Trump rushes to aid the needy
Of all the economic pain in America that Washington ought to be relieving, what group would you choose as the top priority?Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say...]]>
Is Trump’s America our America? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18260-is-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-america-our-america.html Is Trump’s America our America?
Who are we?Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise – as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Li...]]>
Why so many people loathe Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-18236-why-so-many-people-loathe-congress.html Why so many people loathe Congress
Uncle Sam wants you.Not the symbolic Uncle Sam, but Sam Johnson. Although he’s been a member of Congress more than a quarter of a century, it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of him. He’s a lawmak...]]>
We can beat back the reign of Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18211-we-can-beat-back-the-reign-of-trump.html We can beat back the reign of Trump
Buckle up, friends. Most Americans are about to be detoured onto a rough and rocky back road called “Trump Way.” The autocratic tycoon was unabashed on the campaign trail in promising his victory...]]>
Searching for integrity in Trumplandia http://illinoistimes.com/article-18179-searching-for-integrity-in-trumplandia.html Searching for integrity in Trumplandia
It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump b...]]>
A political party worth joining http://illinoistimes.com/article-18155-a-political-party-worth-joining.html A political party worth joining
 The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.”It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival ru...]]>
Right-wingers, Red Pope and Jesus http://illinoistimes.com/article-18135-right-wingers-red-pope-and-jesus.html Right-wingers, Red Pope and Jesus
‘Tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war.Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the far right’...]]>
What is the ‘Trump Fix’? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18092-what-is-the-%25E2%2580%2598trump-fix%25E2%2580%2599.html What is the ‘Trump Fix’?
In Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the “populistic” patina he needed...]]>
Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be energy secretary? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18075-why-in-the-world-would-trump-tap-perry-to-be-energy-secretary.html Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be energy secretary?
Perk up, people – for I bring you tidings of great joy: Gov. “Oops” is back! Yes, Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who specialized in putting the “goober” in gubernatorial, is being bro...]]>
Augustus Trumpus http://illinoistimes.com/article-18047-augustus-trumpus.html Augustus Trumpus
 All hail Augustus Trumpus! All hail the American Putin, whom none can criticize! All hail the Great All Knowing One, who reveals “realities” that are not there and finds “facts” that mer...]]>
The new founder http://illinoistimes.com/article-18019-the-new-founder.html The new founder
This past January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the multimillionaire protege of the Koch brothers’ plutocratic kingdom and American Legislative Exchange Council darling, revealed to a startled nation tha...]]>
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...]]>