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Where to get the money to start fixing inequality

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

When Jesse Jackson ran a strong populist campaign for president in 1988, advocating bold new policies and programs to address inequality, establishment skeptics scoffed, "Where ya gonna get the money?" Jackson answered directly: "Get it from where it went."

He meant from corporations and the rich, which had been rigging the economic system and ...Read more

The Gloppy Mess of Merger Mania

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Here's a recipe for you: Chop up 6 Oscar Meyer wieners, stir in 1 cup of Heinz ketchup, blend with 1/2 cup each of Cool Whip and Maxwell House Coffee, sprinkle a 1/2 cup of Planters peanuts over the mixture, add 3 spoonfuls of A.1. Steak Sauce and then top it off with a jar of Cheez Whiz and blast it in the microwave.

Sound like a gloppy mess...Read more

Kroger's out-of-touch head honchos shut out the free press

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Do you shop at a Kroger supermarket? Or maybe at Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Fry's, City Market, Pick 'n Save or ... well, never mind. All of these and more are part of the vast Kroger fiefdom of 2,759 grocery stores spanning the U.S. It also owns 38 food processing plants, 44 distribution centers, 1,556 gas stations and 251 jewelry stores...Read more

Who's Behind the Increasing Suppression of Your Right to Protest?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

As British playwright and political rabble-rouser George Bernard Shaw noted, "You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself."

That certainly has been true of progressives in our country. We've never been able to advance our people's little-D democratic goals by idly ...Read more

When the World's on Fire, What Should We Do?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

For millions of people around the globe -- especially young people -- the pressing issue of our time is this: The world is on fire! On fire with climate change, creating a new and intensifying norm of deadly weather extremes that make a dystopian future a distinct possibility -- constant wildfires, rising seas, desertification, global crop ...Read more

Why Would We Trust Plutocrats to Save Us From Plutocracy?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of being leery of a loud-talking huckster who visited his home: "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons," Emerson exclaimed.

Likewise, today's workaday families should do a mass inventory of their silverware as an integrity check on a mess of loud-talking corporate honchos. Suddenly,...Read more


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