IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sat, 18 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Monopoly or democracy? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20312-monopoly-or-democracy.html Monopoly or democracy?
 Corporate concentration of markets, profits, workplace decision-making, political influence and our nation’s total wealth is surpassing that of the infamous era of robber barons. Apple, which...]]>
Trump’s border policies undermine our democracy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20267-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-border-policies-undermine-our-democracy.html Trump’s border policies undermine our democracy
In early June I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, one of the longest in the U.S.,...]]>
Cowboys for Liberty https://illinoistimes.com/article-20244-cowboys-for-liberty.html Cowboys for Liberty
 Hiding one’s true identity can be done for many legitimate purposes, but it tends to be widely used these days by scheming people or nefarious interests with ... well, with something to hide,...]]>
Getting trapped in The Donald's cuckoo nest https://illinoistimes.com/article-20213-getting-trapped-in-the-donalds-cuckoo-nest.html Getting trapped in The Donald's cuckoo nest
Ours is, after all, a nation of laws, right? We value justice and we believe everyone has a right to have their day in court. Right?But what if the court is turned into a loony bin and the law itself...]]>
The New York Times strikes out https://illinoistimes.com/article-20193-the-new-york-times-strikes-out.html The New York Times strikes out
 For more than a century, The New York Times has unabashedly bragged in a banner slogan that it publishes “All the News That’s Fit to Print.”Really? Then why did this prestigious publicatio...]]>
A wall won’t fix immigration https://illinoistimes.com/article-20177-a-wall-won%25E2%2580%2599t-fix-immigration.html A wall won’t fix immigration
 The wailing in our country about the “invasion of immigrants” has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, “Few of their children in the country learn English ... The signs in our st...]]>
What do those people want? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20152-what-do-those-people-want.html What do those people want?
 Where is the Democratic Party? The Party of the People is stuck in the status quo – the still reigning, old-line hierarchy of the Democratic Party is unwilling to just be dedicated to, well, t...]]>
Keep resisting https://illinoistimes.com/article-20118-keep-resisting.html Keep resisting
 From the revolutionaries of the 1770s to today’s grassroots rebels engaged in multiple struggles for democratic rights, every inch of progress has been vehemently opposed by entrenched enemies...]]>
How bad public policy happens https://illinoistimes.com/article-20099-how-bad-public-policy-happens.html How bad public policy happens
Question: If you inject a stream of raw ignorance into a vat of gaseous arrogance, then jolt the mixture with 1,000 megawatts of malevolence ... what does it produce? Answer: Donald Trump’s executiv...]]>
A Wall Street sin tax https://illinoistimes.com/article-20065-a-wall-street-sin-tax.html A Wall Street sin tax
 Some extremely rich fellows who’ve been hiding behind the tree to avoid taxation for years are the global financial speculators engaged in the high-rolling, computer-driven, fast-buck, multi-t...]]>
Goons in Gucci https://illinoistimes.com/article-20049-goons-in-gucci.html Goons in Gucci
In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and poli...]]>
Trump’s new war https://illinoistimes.com/article-19986-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-new-war.html Trump’s new war
 Get ready, America – here we go ... to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil: A war on the poor.Generalissimo Trump...]]>
Patience, secrecy in the Kochs’ conspiracy https://illinoistimes.com/article-19963-patience-secrecy-in-the-kochs%25E2%2580%2599-conspiracy.html Patience, secrecy in the Kochs’ conspiracy
 In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty...]]>
A plutocratic coup https://illinoistimes.com/article-19953-a-plutocratic-coup.html A plutocratic coup
Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of our country’s history. We tend to believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national charact...]]>
Examining the Kochtopus https://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 https://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 https://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? https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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? https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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? https://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 https://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? https://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 https://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...]]>