Jim Hightower
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Radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To BeŚconsumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of Washington and Wall Street. Political columnist Molly Ivins once said, "If Will Rogers and Mother Jones had a baby, Jim Hightower would be that rambunctious childŚmad as hell, with a sense of humor."

Hightower writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and his daily radio commentaries are carried by more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, and on Radio for Peace International. He also publishes an award-winning monthly newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

A New York Times best-selling author, Hightower has written seven books, including Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time to Take It Back; If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates; and There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.

Hightower graduated from the University of North Texas. He was a legislative aide to Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas, and later cofounded the Agribusiness Accountability Project, which focused on corporate power in the food economy. Hightower also served two terms as Texas Agriculture Commissioner.