Election 2014: The rise of a stealth oligarchy

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 11/6/14
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A stunning surprise coming out of this year’s elections is that the most dominant contenders were not glad-handing braggarts, but the least likely of participants: Shy people.

That’s strange, since running for office these days is assumed to be an ego game, attracting the loudest of self-promoters. But the big winners on Tuesday were a group that actually campaigned anonymously, not even whispering their names to the voters.

Help Texans Help Texas!

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 10/2/14
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Dear Fellow Agitators,

I write to you with great news coming out of my great state of Texas. A strong, intelligent, trailblazing populist candidate is running for Texas Lieutenant Governor: Leticia Van de Putte.

My dear friend, Tim Carpenter

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 5/6/14
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The Grim Reaper is choosing the wrong people to die young. Not that I’d wish an early death on anyone, but there are some passings I’d be okay with.

Time for a Populist revival! (text from speech)

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 3/11/14
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Thanks for allowing a scruffy Texas populist to join you here at “The Summit” for this uptown, down-to-earth, back-to-basics populist-palooza. It makes me happier than a mosquito at a nudist colony to be looking out at you unabashed, untamed progressives. Thank you for fighting on behalf of America’s workaday majority, who’re being kicked out, knocked down and stomped on by the bosses, bankers, big shots, bastards and bullshitters.

ARE PROGRESSIVES ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL? COULD ANDY SHALLAL BE THE NEXT BILL DE BLASIO?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 2/27/14
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By Jim Hightower and Steve Cobble

There’s a great band in Austin called “Asleep at the Wheel,” a name that jumps to mind when we consider the current mayoral race in Washington, D.C.

Are national progressives asleep at the wheel right now, missing a rare chance to help elect a very strong progressive as D.C. Mayor? Are we collectively missing a second “de Blasio moment” in Washington?

America's Populism

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 2/25/14
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Last week, I had a chance to discuss America's populism in a great interview on Ring of Fire Radio with Mike Papantonio. Here's the video segment of that interview. Enjoy! http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2014/02/papantonio-time-right-populist-movement-video/

RIP, Pete Seeger

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 1/28/14
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Pete Seeger

It never occurred to me that Pete Seeger could die, for I thought of him as a permanent piece of America... [read more]

Rag Radio Interview with Thorne Dreyer

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 9/24/13
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I very much enjoy talking with Thorne Dreyer, host of Rag Radio on KOOP-91.7 FM in Austin. This interview is from Friday, September 13th. Thorne and I talk about quite a few things, including money in politics and grassroots folks fighting the good fight. You can listen at http://archive.org/details/RagRadio2013-09-13-JimHightower.

Speech Fighting Bob Fest 2013

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 9/11/13
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I had the privilege to go the 12th Fighting Bob Fest in Madison, WI this past weekend. It's a spirited gathering of grassroots folks, and I'm proud to be a part of it. Here's my speech from this year. I hope you enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI3XYHIKIOw&feature=youtu.be

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