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Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our…

Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take…

by Jim Hightower

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Ever since the deregulation of banks and utilities began in the 70-80's, the rich are getting richer. We need to come up with an election system that doesn't make candidates depend on corporate money; which is what sways the legislators and makes them obligated to them. Politicians have a hard enough time with issues, they don't need to work on 'buying votes'. We need to reform campaign financing. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 21, 2017 |
Typical Hightower: homespun, acerbic with a touch of southern hospitality, and relentlessly optimistic about the rest of the country (outside Washington), convinced that they by and large agree with him on most things. ( )
  Devil_llama | May 10, 2011 |
Jim Hightower is a true "prairie populist", a more idealistic and slightly more uneven version of Molly Ivins - and, as it turns out, they are longtime friends. This is an often revealing and surprising look at how polititicians and giant corporations (or at least their CEO's) have conspired to deprive us of our rights, choices and money, usually without our knowledge or consent. The first part of the book does a masterful job of describing the problems. Hightower, to his credit, does offer some grassroot solutions, but these often seem naive. Hightower is a little rougher and more uneven than Ivins, but they are plainly political soulmates. There is on page 139 a marvelous essay by a 12-year-old student for her school assignment, "What the American Flag Stands For", which led her teacher to call her unpatriotic. Actually, the essay is almost too good to be true, and I wonder if she really wrote it. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 30, 2007 |
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Author, populist, and radio commentator Jim Hightower is nothing if not direct. In Thieves in High Places, Hightower lambastes the current American power structure and exhorts his readers to fight against it. Hightower's indignation runs deep in this "us versus them" exposé of corporate malfeasance, governmental abuse, the militarization of American society, and the Bush administration's empire building. In the first part of the book, Hightower illustrates how the Bush administration and Congress work with major corporations (including our nation's vast media conglomerates) to add to their obscene wealth at the expense of America's working class, our environment, and (most lamentably) our rights and liberties. "The elites have pulled off a slow-motion coup, radically wrenching America's power balance from a people's democracy to Kleptocrat Nation."

Hightower defines "Kleptocrat Nation" as "a body of people ruled by thieves...a government characterized by the practice of transferring money and power from the many to the few...[and] a ruling class of moneyed elites that usurps liberty, justice, sovereignty, and other, democratic rights from the people." His catalogue of corporate greed and governmental complicity is breathtaking in scope, and though he admits that the fusion of business and government is not new, he persuasively states that "never have so few done so much for so few." Unfortunately, Hightower's serious message is delivered in such a "down home" style, it may lose its impact on the more brainy among us. Also, one wishes there were more documentation for the copious examples and facts in the book. Still, Hightower's call to action is sincere, and his descriptions of the triumphs of average people over corporate power might give some fledgling activists some hope. Thieves in High Places urges Americans to reclaim control of our government--Hightower thinks we can with community organization and grass-roots movements. However, judging from his description of the current power structure, we are going to need all the help we can get. -- Silvana Tropea

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A humorous road map for taking power back to grassroots America, by the populist radio host, offers a tongue-in-cheek analysis of today's government while sharing stories of people who have retaken control of their communities.

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