Jim Hightower

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Jim Hightower

James "Jim" Allen Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author. From 1983 to 1991 he served as elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.


  • There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos.
    • There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos (1998)
  • If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak? The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
    • "A celebration of agitation". Arizona Daily Star. 2002-07-26. 
  • Populism is at its essence [...] just determined focus on helping people be able to get out of the iron grip of the corporate power that is overwhelming our economy, our environment, energy, the media, government. [...] One big difference between real populism and what the Tea Party thing is, is that real populists understand that government has become a subsidiary of corporations. So you can't say, let's get rid of government. You need to be saying let's take over government.
  • Here come the Democrats, again, you know, just weaker than Canadian hot sauce. You know? Offering a little reform. I saw one of the Senators, Democrats, saying, we're going to have a robust disclosure program. Oh, good. They're going to tell us they're stealing from us. But at least we're going to know.
    • Bill Moyers Journal, 30 April 2010
  • The water won't clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.
    • Bill Moyers Journal, 30 April 2010

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