Hightower articles


Hallelujah, Trump Rushes to Aid The Needy!

Hallelujah, Trump Rushes to Aid The Needy!

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new President and Congress? Regular folks in our country say that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder—the poor and downtrodden working class—ought to be the priority. But, then, regular folks don’t run Congress…or Trump’s White House. The


Is Trump’s America Our America?

Saudi Arabia is not on the list of countries targeted by President Donald Trump even though 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from there. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inherited power in 2015. Who are we? Are we the America of courage, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise—as expressed in the Declaration


Why is George Orwell’s ‘1984’ a Bestseller Again?

Cover of the 1951 edition of George Orwell’s “1984.” Tromp-tromp-tromp—troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom—bombs are blowing up communities. Whooooshhh—poisonous gas is being released. Forget Syria, Isis, Iran, Afghanistan—this is Trump’s War. Our bellicose commander-in-chief is at war in the homeland, deploying his troops to attack everything from our public schools to the EPA, dropping


Really and Truly, Who Needs Facts?

Kellyanne Conway. (Photograph by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons). Here in America the word “fact” has a straightforward, rather obvious meaning: Truth, reality, something that actually exists. But we now find ourselves transplanted to a new, odd country: “Trumplandia.” Here, the factuality of known facts is being called into question by the highest civil authority in


Why So Many People Loathe Congress

Texas Congressman Samuel Robert Johnson. Uncle Sam wants you! Not the Uncle Sam who’s the symbolic caricature of our country, but Sam Johnson. Although he’s been a member of Congress more than a quarter of a century. It’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of him, for Sam’s been what’s known in legislative circles as “furniture.” That’s


What’s Being Taught at Koch Kollege?

Breaking news: An amazing new school for political activists is training thousands of people to be community organizers, using Saul Alinsky’s classic manual, “Rules for Radicals.” Called the Grassroots Leadership Academy, the school gives how-to lessons in everything from mounting successful protest actions to recruiting middle-of-the-road voters. Progressives need this… but, wait—who’s that hiding behind