Jim Hightower, an OtherWords columnist, is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown


The Airline Industry’s Fee-for-All

Nearly every airline these days is addicted to fees.

Solving the Twinkie Murder Case

Equity hucksters plundered the company to feather their own nests.

The Secessionist Tempest in Texas

There’s a secession drive in a mess of red states that started right here.

Democracy Outbreak in Ohio

One small town is standing up to deep-pocketed campaign cash.

Bosses Gone Berserk

Papa John’s and other employers are punishing their workers for Obama’s win.

America’s Good Food Movement

We should give thanks for the spread of the rich ideas of sustainability, organic produce, and local economies from the fringe of our food economy into the mainstream.

The Biggest Loser in Politics

Billionaires expect better returns than Karl Rove pulled off on Election Day.

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Factory farms are animal concentration camps.

Investing in Voting Machines

Can the Romneys even spell conflict of interest?

Politics Creep to a New Low

Both presidential campaigns are going overboard with their snooping into voters’ lives.

GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud

Records show that a Republican running for county commissioner in Texas has been casting ballots there and in Pennsylvania.

Fracking Liars

Supporters and leaders of the hydraulic fracturing industry aren’t being honest about government support for this new natural gas boom.

Big Food Behemoths Embarrass their Organic Offshoots

Big Food’s mobilization against California’s right-to-know law is making more green-minded consumers aware of the companies that own their favorite brands.

Romney Passes the Torch to Taxpayers

Mitt won $1.5 billion of taxpayer gold for the Salt Lake City Olympics.

The Price of Admission

Across our country, women are walking away from Regal Cinema’s pretentious abrogation of our Fourth Amendment rights.

Ryan Runs Into the Truth

Whether you run a marathon or run for office, facts and integrity matter.

Radioactive Ties

Whether corporate political money shouts or whispers, it still corrupts.

The Koch Brothers’ Moonshine

The paper industry’s titans have teamed up with practitioners of the legislative black arts to turn their sludge into a slick tax loophole.

Percolate-Up Economics

Every dime of a minimum-wage hike is spent by its recipients — circulating upward in our local economies as they increase their purchases of such basics as food, kids’ clothing, and health care.

Romney Runs away from his Running Mate

If they were honest with voters, their bumper sticker would read: “Ryan-Romney 2012.”

    The Airline Industry’s Fee-for-All

    Nation of Change | December 13, 2012

    The Airline Industry’s Fee-for-All

    The Illinois Times | December 13, 2012

    Solving the Twinkie Murder Case

    Blue Table Talk | December 11, 2012

    Solving the Twinkie Murder Case

    The Austin (TX) Chronicle | December 7, 2012

    Democracy Outbreak in Ohio

    The (Youngstown OH) Vindicator | November 30, 2012

    Democracy Outbreak in Ohio

    Blue Table Talk | November 28, 2012

    Bosses Gone Berserk

    The (Stroudsburg PA) Pocono Record | November 24, 2012

    Bosses Gone Berserk

    Nation of Change | November 21, 2012

    The Biggest Loser in Politics

    The Xenia (OH) Daily Gazette | November 21, 2012

    The Biggest Loser in Politics

    The (Worthington MN) Daily Globe | November 16, 2012