JIM HIGHTOWER

10/24/02

Our guest is Jim Hightower, the newspaper columnist, author, populist and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. His appearance previews his speech at this weekend's benefit for WMNF. Hightower does not see the political divide as one between Democratic and Republican parties, but as one between the top and bottom of the income scale. He says too much power resides in the hands of the wealthy and CEOs. As an example, he says, look at the lenient treatment given CEOs recently caught in corporate scandals. He says to make society truly democratic we must redistribute power and make sure low and middle income people have more influence over the political process.

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