Recent Commentaries

Obama's Thanksgiving pardon of Republican turkeys

Friday, November 28, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Thanksgiving – a time of grace and family sharing – will get an extra bit of grace from the White House this year.

Just as every president since Lincoln has done,... [read more]

America's good food movement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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What better day than Thanksgiving to celebrate our country’s food rebels!
I’m talking about the growing movement of small farmers, food artisans, local retailers, co-ops, community organizers, restaurateurs, environmentalists, consumers, and others – perhaps including... [read more]

The Walmartizaton of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Everyone from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas will take a deserved pause from the unrelenting intensity of work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions will not get a... [read more]

Wall Street speculators are walling off young farmers

Monday, November 24, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Gabillionaires who invest in hedge funds generally have the ethical and aesthetic sensibilities of dirt clods. As far as they care, fund managers can put their money into skunk pelt futures – as long as... [read more]

Synthetic food: Our future doesn't taste good

Friday, November 21, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of corporate and governmental food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward in the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs.

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Let workers vote on CEO's pay

Thursday, November 20, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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One difference between top executives and worker bees, is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below, while simultaneously raising their own pay. If you wonder what's causing America's rapidly-widening... [read more]

Validating Marriott's low-wage exploitation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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As an old popular song asks, what do you get if you "work your fingers right down to the bone?" Boney fingers.

As housekeepers in the sprawling Marriott chain of hotels... [read more]

A General tells the truth about the lies of war

Tuesday, November 18, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In 1918, reflecting on World War I, Sen. Hiram Johnson said: "The first casualty when war comes is truth."

Actually, in America's recent wars, officials have slaughtered truth even before... [read more]

Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits

Monday, November 17, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm – but e-i-e-i-o – look who's got his farm now!

It's groups like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These... [read more]

Pity the poor stressed-out rich

Friday, November 14, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Here's a random thought that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

Well, yes, there are all those things that money can buy to alleviate the burden... [read more]

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