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5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read from the Nation's #1 Populist!, May 14, 2000
This review is from: If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates (Hardcover)
Jim Hightower has a rare gift - he makes politics fun, exciting, engaging, and uplifting. God, could they just bottle it and give some to George W., Al Gore, and the nasties on Capitol Hill! For those who read Hightower's "Armadillos" a few years ago, this book is every bit as good. He is one of a very few who disputes the present-day media paradigm that unfettered capitalism is a panacea, and does it with force, but laced with gentle Texas humor that makes reading a pleasure.
One word of commentary to alert the prospective buyer: Hightower's thesis that the two major American political parties are essentially the same with merely cosmetic differences, clearly subjugates social issues like abortion, school prayer, vouchers, affirmative action, and the rest. His arguments are essentially economic, with the issues of social justice for the less well-off (such as affordable housing) framed in this perspective. It is an exaggeration to claim there is no substantive difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. But, hey, Hightower's point of view is like cool spring water on a sticky hot summer's day in Central Florida - so what if it's not Perrier? It's gooood! Just buy the book, and enjoy!
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