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Election 2000: A Space Odyssey: More Political Subversion from Jim Hightower (Revised Edition) Paperback – 1 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised edition (Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060932090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060932091
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,039,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
How can you tell when a politician is lying? 4 Feb 2000
By Travis A. Clark - Published on
Format: Hardcover
His lips move. Or so the old joke goes. Hightower is back, and he's as rambunctious as ever. Where his previous book, Yellow Lines, was a collection of rants about the Republicrats and their ineffective politics, Gods is about the Republicrats and their ineffective politi... oops. But there is a difference. This takes the electoral process apart piece by piece, and shows exactly how those thieves fund themselves, and how they can speak from both sides and feel good about themselves when they wake up the next morning. The most poignant point he made in the book is that the election is already over, the politics are the same, now we just choose the personality that we want, His Majesty George W., or VP Al. Good read, funny, and definitely worth the money.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Makes You Laugh So Much You Get Mad 14 Feb 2000
By Ronald P. Ruggiero - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down. Hightower is a master at making us laugh and get po'ed at the same time. He shines a big Texan flashlight on the follies of the spoiled rich, the corporate lap-dog politicians, and the insanity of the "Market". This is a must-read for the 2000 electoral cycle. His call to arms echoed my own sentiments--it is time for us to remember Paine, Jefferson, Mother Jones, Debs, King, Chavez, and the rest of our nation's agitators and reclaim our dignity and our democracy. It is time for a top-down (not a left-right) political debate on what's happening in our country and throughout the world. Thanks Jim for an engaging and just plain good book.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
High-octane punditry from a fresh and different perspective. 7 April 2000
By Paul Hickey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who's already tired of the year 2000 general election campaign of Shrub Dubya and Al Snore (and who isn't?), Jim Hightower's new book will come as a breath of fresh air.
"If the Gods Had Meant for Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates" is an ambitious sequel to "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos." In clear, concise prose (despite what you may think from the long-winded title), Hightower seeks to analyze just why our political system has failed to provide the kind of real choice that voters crave in the race for president. More importantly, Hightower suggests things that average citizens can do to win back their voice in government at the local (and even national) level.
Not surprisingly for a self-proclaimed populist, Hightower identifies the concentration of corporate power and the influence of money as ranking among the primary reasons why Democratic and Republican politicians so rarely seem to represent the interests of the middle class and the working poor. In Hightower's view, both parties are equally corrupt, and this even-handed contempt for the status quo spurs him onward in the search for "authentic" alternatives. First, however, he sets the stage by challenging the conventional wisdom of the mainstream media, in particular the commonly held assumption that the country is enjoying an age of unprecedented prosperity. "If the Gods..." is chock-full of statistics that make a good case for disproving that claim. Indeed, Hightower notes that "25 percent of the jobs in today's celebrated economy pay a poverty wage! That's 32 million people." By and large, most of his facts and figures are attributed to respectable sources.
This background can get very depressing at times. The chapters about the effects of GATT, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization are truly disturbing in their surreal descriptions of the unintended consequences of blindly embracing the type of "free trade" our leaders say is so good for us in the age of globalization. To his credit, Hightower does not play an isolationist, "America First" card. He merely points out that some of these much-touted trade agreements are resulting in the loss of our own national sovereignty, and the exploitation of cheap foreign labor, to profit a rich elite at the expense of workers at home and abroad, and with a disastrous toll on the environment, as well.
Fortunately, if the reader can get past the doom and gloom of all the information about the extent of the problem, Hightower proves that--in the end--he is an optimist. Unlike in "Armadillos," he cites many examples of people fighting for a measure of economic and social justice, and winning. From the United Students Against Sweatshops group that successfully lobbied to change university policies on using Third World subcontractors to produce clothing, to the Missoula New Party that got its progressive candidates elected to seats on the city council, so-called ordinary men and women are making a difference. The secret, Hightower says, is to start small and gradually reach for more and more substantial gains.
The main weakness of "If the Gods..." is in Hightower's tendency to propose simple solutions to very complex issues, and to elevate modest accomplishments to the significance of great achievements. Obviously, some of his populist cheerleading must be taken with more than a grain of salt. But he does know how to put forth a persuasive argument about what's wrong with our nation, and he does offer a convincing ray of hope that all is not lost, even as we prepare for yet another meaningless presidential election. If you are weary of hearing about politics as usual from the conservative, commercial-friendly likes of Spam Donaldson and Cookie Roberts, Hightower may be just the ticket to help you care again.
Finally, the very fact that you won't be seeing this book discussed in the major newspapers or on prime-time network television is more than enough reason for checking it out for yourself.
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
A Great, Great Book 2 Feb 2000
By J. Higgins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hightower is a stinkin' genius. This book is a must-read during this vacuous media-spectacle of an election year that we're all suffering through. He exposes the political big shots and boneheads for what they are, and tops it all off with encouraging stories about real folks at the grassroots who are working to take back our democracy. Power to the people!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Who owns the Politicians? 15 Feb 2000
By Charles H. Jamieson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For anyone concerned about the drift of present day politics, this is must reading. Very serious, but with an offset of humor that tickles the funny bone. You have to laugh to keep from crying! Recommended for anyone who intends to vote in the Presidential election of 2000, and a reminder to those who don't vote. They should. The system will only change if the voting public demands it. Pray for the Republic, but vote your convictions. Enjoy Hightower's investigative reporting. He tells it like it is.
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