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There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos: A Work of Political Subversion Paperback – August 19, 1998
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"I am an agitator, and an agitator is the center post in a washing machine that gets the dirt out." --Jim Hightower
Hightower is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore! He's also funny as hell, and in this book he focuses his sharp Texas wit, populist passion, and native smarts on America's political, economic, scientific, and media establishments. In "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos," Hightower shows not only what's wrong, but also how to fix it, offering specific solutions and calling for a new political movement of working families and the poor to "take America back from the bankers and bosses, the big shots and bastards."
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(c) 1998 by Fred Flaxman
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I just finished a book called "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos" by someone who ought to know -- Texan Jim Hightower. I agree 100% with another Texan, Molly Ivins, who said: "If you don't read another book about what's wrong with this country for the rest of your life, read this one. I think it's the best and most important book about our public life I've read in years."
Hightower served two terms as Texas's elected agriculture commissioner. He has a weekday nationally syndicated radio program called "Hightower Radio: Live from the Chat & Chew" which, unfortunately, I've never heard since it isn't broadcast in my area. He also gives many speeches which have frequently been televised by C-SPAN, which I've never seen, unfortunately, because I don't have cable or satellite TV. And he publishes a biweekly political newsletter, "The Hightower Lowdown" which I've never read, unfortunately, because I spent my entire budget for reading materials to buy his $23 hardcover book.
One of the amazing things about Hightower's book, considering its deadly serious subject matter, is how outright funny it can be. It is an easy read, as well as an important one. Hightower has a folksy, breezy style. He knows how to be as entertaining as he is informative.
For example, Hightower discusses how the megacorporations have been taking over every aspect of our lives in the last few decades, from the media to the food supply, education, the politicians and the government.Read more ›
But when I read Hightower, I remember all the good things about Texas, and about America, too. People like Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins make me proud to be a Texan and an American--people who cut through the lies and take on the big boys without a drop of fear in their hearts...just because it's the right thing to do.
It is however an interesting attempt to forge a new notion of leftism. The reality of the party system is that most countries, which have single member constituencies have two party systems. Each party has a certain core of support and to gain electoral office the competition is over the middle range of voters. This leads to notions of parties being similar or having similar policies. Left wing parties have traditionally identified themselves by not having any substantive difference but by adopting certain issues to develop a veneer of being caring.
Hightower is critical of this, and he is critical of the American Democratic Party. He suggests that what is happening is that by phrasing policy in a narrow guise of rights rhetoric the Democrats are losing support of their traditional constituency which is basically keen on economic issues. He suggests that the drift to the right in US politics is because of working class or potential Democrat supporters drifting out of the system.
He further suggests that the "new left" not only has lost its constituency but it fails to try to reach potential voters. His section on the media is one of the more interesting in the book. He argues that the main way ideas are spread in modern America is through talk back radio. Talk back however is something that the right dominates because the left will not touch it. They are afraid to enter into dialogue with common people.
Hightower argues that the future of the left must be to develop "populist" policies which are aimed at the welfare of the vast majority of ordinary Americans.Read more ›
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Jim Hightower's style of writing makes for an easy read on what goes on in politics that we all need to be aware of.Published 18 months ago by Brewski
Ordered this book for my college class and it was pretty good. It wasn't the best piece of literature but it got me a good grade in my class and that's all that matters to me.Published on August 8, 2013 by Bruno Guzman
Nuff said. I'm a Southerner (not quite as far south as he is), but plainspeak is plainspeak and I'd classifiy him as a 21st century Mark Twain . . .Published on January 14, 2013 by George W. Capehart
Agree or disagree, this book takes you through all the madness of politics since the rise of Clinton - yes, Clinton. Read morePublished on January 3, 2006 by Omar Y.
In this book, Hightower mainly goes over corporate greed and how our politicians will cut social programs (that especially effect the elderly and poor), but will keep increasing... Read morePublished on April 28, 2005 by Gen Res
Nobody is safe from the sharpened teeth and wit of this political watchdog, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Schtinky
hightower is absolutely hilarious. Being from Austin, Texas, this book is even more incredible to hear the tales again of what goes on here, but from a more truthful perspective... Read morePublished on August 21, 2003
I read this book in less than a week while attending school at night and working during the day. That's how good it is. Read morePublished on January 28, 2003
Jim Hightower is just AMAZING. YOu must read this book. Jim talks about the environment, about the wage gap, about corporizations taking over schools and even about the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2002