Author Archives: Jim Hightower

The defrocking of Saint Ron DeSantis

A critical look at the “godly” Florida governor’s nasty, dishonest war on the Sunshine State’s voters.

Breaking news: After years of failed Republican efforts to uncover any proof of widespread voter fraud by Democrats, Republican Governor Ron “Tough Guy” DeSantis of Florida found not one, but 20 ineligible people casting ballots. Continue reading

The depravity of hedge fund ‘journalism’

Who slimmed down your local paper, diluted it with filler, and then doubled the price? Profiteers who don’t care about the news.

Throughout the country, newspaper subscribers are asking questions like: Hey, who took my Saturday paper? What happened to those political cartoons and columns that I liked? Why does it take two days to get election results and sports scores? How did my local paper get filled with filler? Continue reading

My newspaper died

More than half of all daily papers in America are in the grip of just 10 syndicates, most of which don’t care about journalism.

My newspaper died. Continue reading

The collapse of local newspapers helps hacks spread lies

“Critical race theory” panic owes its rise to thousands of fake websites filling the gaps left by real, independent newspapers.

One noisy piece of the GOP’s culture war bunkum is Critical Race Theory, or CRT — a previously little-known field of academic study examining racism’s central role in shaping our society. Continue reading

CEOs are literally bragging about raising prices

“A little bit of inflation is always good in our business,” said Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen.

Today, CEOs of big corporations are playing the tricky “Inflation Blame Game.” Continue reading

Workers used to watch the clock. Now the clock watches you.

“Digital productivity monitoring” surveillance software is demoralizing workers and creating toxic workplaces.

For generations, workers have been punished by corporate bosses for watching the clock. But now, the corporate clock is watching workers. Continue reading

What do truckers and librarians have in common?

Both used to be good jobs, but attacks by ideologues and greedy corporate bosses have pulled the rug out.

In the world of work, what two occupations might seem to have the very least in common? Consider long-haul truck drivers and school librarians—an odd pairing, yes. But the two have more in common than you might think. Continue reading

Billion dollar franchises are paying workers chicken feed

One Chick-fil-A store tried paying drive-through workers in chicken sandwiches. It didn't go over well.

America’s stringent system of corporate capitalism keeps carving out new depths of worker exploitation. Take Chick-fil-A—a right-wing, Atlanta-based fast-food operation that likes to boast about following “biblically-based” principles. Continue reading

Fore! Pro golfers are selling out to a murderous regime

The Saudis are buying the marquee names of a few golfers for a sports spectacle, hoping to distract attention from their depravity.

When a golfer hits an errant shot that might bonk an unsuspecting spectator on the head, the proper cry of warning is: “Fore!” But what do they shout when they hit a bad shot that boomerangs and bonks the golfer on the noggin? Continue reading

The far right hates ‘woke’ society because they want one that’s asleep

Florida governor and rising GOP star Ron DeSantis has made a favorite hobby of censoring speech and thought.

Although we haven’t even gotten through this year’s midterm congressional elections, it’s still not too early to start examining some of the characters who hope you’ll make them president in 2024. Continue reading

Medical debt is a rip-off

Health care giants aren’t just making care more expensive. They’re putting Americans in debt bondage.

Many big business CEOs turn out to be grifters who rip off consumers, workers, and others. But the corporate con artists I consider most vile are those who profiteer from people’s health care needs. Continue reading

Even Goldwater would be too left for today’s Republicans

The GOP is harnessing the fanatical horsepower of neo-confederates and Q-anon extremists to entrench corporate elites.

Perhaps you remember Senator Barry Goldwater, the GOP’s fringy, far-right-wing 1964 presidential nominee who famously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Continue reading

Lift the Supreme Court’s veil of secrecy

These nine individuals make decisions that affect every American. Why should they get to do it secretly?

When Supreme Court member Sam Alito’s secret plan for canceling the constitutional right of people to end their pregnancies leaked to the public, Republican politicos went ballistic. Continue reading

What’s behind inflation? Greedy corporate executives

Don’t take my word for it—they’ll tell you themselves.

Today, CEOs of big corporations are playing the tricky “Inflation Blame Game.” Continue reading

How America’s truckers got hijacked

Thanks to greedy corporate bosses, what was once a skilled, middle-class, union job is now a skilled poverty-wage job.

“Keep On Truckin’” was an iconic underground cartoon created in 1968 by comic master Robert Crumb. Continue reading

Robots are coming for white-collar jobs

CEOs are speeding up the adoption of automation to replace employees once assumed to be immune from it.

In corporate speak, there are no “job cuts.” Continue reading

The GOP has nothing to offer on inflation

Republicans are beating up Joe Biden for rising prices while blocking efforts to do anything about it.

Republican politicos are all over Joe Biden for failing to stop inflation. Perhaps you wonder, though, what these squawkers would do if they were in charge. Continue reading

An uncharitable view of charity

If billionaires are saying they want to “give back,” it’s because we’ve been letting them take too much.

Our society has coined expressions like “philanthropist” to encourage and hail people’s charitable spirit. Look on the flip side of that shiny coin of generosity, however, and you’ll find that its base substance is societal selfishness. Continue reading

Save our endangered cartoonists

An invaluable American species is being wiped out as their media habitat is intentionally destroyed.

Right before our eyes, an invaluable American species is fast disappearing from view: Kartoonus Amerikanas. Continue reading

Building community, one fruit tree at a time

A fast-growing, underground fruit economy is spreading in cities across America.

Some years ago, a young, hippyish couple knocked on my front door. They had noticed that I had fig trees in the yard, laden with summer fruit. If I wasn’t going to pick them all, they asked, could they harvest some figs? Continue reading

The planet is not a dumping ground

Petrochemical companies are racing to make more plastic—and force poor countries to become landfills for it.

In a world that’s clogged and choking with a massive overdose of plastic trash, you’ll be heartened to learn that governments and industries are teaming up to respond forcefully to this planetary crisis. Continue reading

Rethinking work—and life

Americans are quitting bad jobs in record numbers because they’re rethinking what matters.

As a writer, I get stuck every so often straining for the right words to tell my story. Over the years, though, I’ve learned when to quit tying myself into mental knots over sentence construction. Instead, I step back and rethink where my story is going. Continue reading

Corporate owners are spoiling sports

Whatever the sport, the name of the game these days is the same: money.

‘Tis the season, right? Traditionally, this time of year celebrates spirituality and festivities—including Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Continue reading

What’s being compromised?

In any policy fight, it’s never the priorities of the wealthy that are compromised—it’s working and middle-class Americans who are.

Sometimes, when watching Congress in action, I can’t decide whether to laugh, cry, or check myself into an insane asylum. Continue reading

Why do Supreme Court justices keep saying they’re not hacks?

Because there’s good reason to believe they are.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once told about a guest who came to dinner and spent the entire evening prattling about his own integrity: “The louder he talked of his honor,” Emerson wrote: “the faster we counted our spoons.” Continue reading

Corporate vets serve profit over animals

Solo practitioners who became veterinarians to provide friendly, community-based service now must answer to bean counters at headquarters.

Question: What does a packet of M&M’s and your local veterinarian have in common? Answer: Both are owned by Mars Inc., the global candy monopolist. Continue reading

Follow Alabama’s lead on child care

If one of our poorest states can rise to meet this basic human need, why can’t Congress?

Here are two terms you don’t expect to see together: “The state of Alabama” and “progressive leader.” (Okay, I’m a Texan, so I have no standing to point at the rank regressiveness of any other state government… but still, Alabama?) Continue reading

The Postal Service is a service—not a business

It’s supposed to deliver mail cheaply and effectively, not turn a profit. And it does.

Corporate ideologues never cease blathering that government programs should be run like a business. Continue reading

Reconciling profit and morality

After the corporate plunder during the pandemic, it’s worth remembering the ‘B Corporations’ that serve a different purpose.

Is “corporate ethics” an oxymoron? Do you have to be a jerk to be a successful CEO? Is exploitation the only path to profit? Continue reading

Protect workers from this heat

As temperatures rise, we need to stop corporate lobbyists from blocking common sense rules to keep workers safe.

Corporate acolytes and right-wing moralists constantly preach to laboring stiffs about the uplifting dignity of work. Continue reading

Workers are quitting their jobs—and that’s good

Workers are quitting jobs where they don’t feel respected. That’s a welcome sea change.

Corporate bosses across America have been sputtering in outrage at you working stiffs this summer, spewing expletives about the fact that while the U.S. economy has been coming back, you haven’t! Continue reading

The fix is in on fixing things

Big corporations want to make it illegal for you to repair the devices you bought from them.

America’s economic and political inequality has led workaday Americans to exclaim: “The system is broken. Let’s fix it!” Continue reading