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The Lowdown from Jim Hightower
Code: 249  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs
Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Jim Hightower, Phillip Frazer
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Yes, some things about America’s politicians are still private. And they shouldn’t be. Texas author Jim Hightower has been inside the belly of the beast of American politics. Now a crusading commentator, he says that what American politicians are still allowed to keep private is precisely the stuff we all should know – like who’s paying their bills? Hightower would have them all wear their sponsors’ logos on their suits like race-car drivers do. On his first visit to Australia he’ll tell us everything we always wanted to know about why American politics behaves like, well, like it does.

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Jim Hightower (International)

Jim Hightower is the best (and funniest) analyst of American politics that most Aussies have never heard of.  His latest book (of seven) is Swim Against the Current, Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. Before becoming America’s most popular populist speaker, he was twice elected to statewide office in Texas and butted heads with George Bush and Karl Rove. Today, his Hightower Lowdown newsletter has over 100,000 paying subscribers – regular Americans whom he calls the “Powers That Ought To Be”.

Phillip Frazer (Australian)

Phillip Frazer has published The Hightower Lowdown since 1999. In his youth in Melbourne, he created several magazines, including Go-Set, the Aussie Rolling Stone, and The Digger. After more than 30 years working on political and environmental issues in the US, he reckons Hightower’s take on all that’s good and bad about the US of A is the sharpest and feistiest you can get. These days Frazer divides his time between San Francisco and Coorabell NSW with his partner, novelist Kate Veitch.