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


Down and Out on Wall Street

We should all be as broke as they are.

Standing Up For Common Sense

Keene, New Hampshire has no crime that would warrant rolling out a tank.

Attack of the Billionaires

Some 300 uber-rich corporate plutocrats and their political hirelings have pledged at least $100 million to bombard the Obama campaign with viciously negative ads.

Treating Sick Rich Folks

The plutocratic elite is perverting health care into a luxury commodity.

Stealing State Parks

Top politicos in many states are closing many of their parks, slashing hours and services at others, or simply handing over the public’s asset to profiteering corporations.

Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

For him, the right to privacy doesn’t exist.

The Chief Twinkie Goes Ding Dong

After sinking into bankruptcy, Hostess Brands is trying to squeeze its workers without disrupting its junk food sales.

Save the Babies

GOP lawmakers are howling to overturn the EPA’s mercury regulations.

Buying Our Future

Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas-based global casino baron who has long been a major funder of far-right-wing causes, is Newt Gingrich’s very special political pal.

Afghanistan’s Poppy War

International efforts to stamp out opium production are failing.

We’re No. 27!

Being at the bottom of the heap in terms of social justice confirms the reality of both economic and political inequality that the Occupy movement is protesting.

Organize in 2012

Last year’s many political downers have prompted promising uprisings at America’s grassroots, including a strong national coalition for repealing “corporate personhood.”

Shoveling America’s Wealth to the Top

Not since the Gilded Age, which preceded and precipitated the Great Depression, have so few amassed so much of our nation’s riches.

Three Cheers for the Nine-Spotted Ladybug

Until recently, New York’s official bug had vanished from the state that honored it for three decades.

Missoula’s Supremely Important Vote

Making clear that corporations aren’t people takes people power.

Influence Peddler for President

Gingrich, his lawyers, and his staff adamantly insist that it’s rude and crude to call him a lobbyist.

How the 1 Percent Can Camp Out with the 99 Percent

Neiman Marcus is selling decadent tents that are more opulent than the interior of that I Dream of Jeannie bottle.

Catering to the Frozen Pizza Lobby

Doting on the financial interests Coca Cola, ConAgra, and Del Monte instead of America’s school kids isn’t going to get the approval rating for Congress recover from an all-time low.

Border War Rumors

Far from being a chaotic war zone, a study of the 14 Texas counties bordering Mexico shows that the number of murders has actually declined in the past five years.

Big Corporation, Tiny Heart

Walmart is displaying its incredibly shriveled ethical center by whacking the already meager health care benefits that hundreds of thousands of its workers count on.

    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