Author Archives: Jim Hightower

Don’t trust business with education

Greasy politicians use education funds to enrich corporations—and themselves.

Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick are lucky: They inherited a big chunk of the multi-billion-dollar fortune that Dick’s dad Richard amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they’ve done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way. Continue reading

‘1984’ at the grocery store

Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and that's bad news for humans.

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon’s $14 billion buyout of Whole Foods isn’t only a win-win for both of them, but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer’s prices. Continue reading

Free as you can afford to be

GOP leaders want to protect your "freedom" to be poor, powerless, sick, and uninsured.

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms—as in FDR’s “Four freedoms,” or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people everywhere. Continue reading

Trump’s Twitter bombs

If a president is going to pick a mess of foreign fights, wouldn't it be better not to pick them with allies?

Donald Trump missed his 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 in history, to hear him tell it. Continue reading

Billionaires lay siege to state governments

While we're mesmerized by Trump, shady groups are pushing corporate-friendly legislation in statehouses all over the country.

It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. Continue reading

Walling them out, or walling us in?

Shall we wall off Canada, too?

Evading security cameras in the remote expanse along the U.S. border, three Guatemalans waited till dusk to slip illicitly into our country. Continue reading