Jim Hightower, the country’s #1 populist, has picked up some useful advice over the years, from "never eat at a café featuring ‘bargain kebobs’" to "never hit a man with glasses; hit him with something much heavier." As he and his longtime co-conspirator Susan DeMarco have rambled through grassroots America, however, they’ve also come up with more serious words of wisdom to share here, namely: question authority, trust your values, seek alternatives, break away, stand up for your beliefs and swim against the current!
Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow (Wiley; March 2008) introduces readers to people across the country who have actually done this—people in business, politics, health care, farming, religion, and other areas who are taking charge, living their values, doing good, and doing well. Hightower and DeMarco show how they are doing precisely what the elites want us to believe can’t be done: changing their lives and making a difference. In this uplifting book, they tell the stories of these people and offer inspiration and information that will help readers tap into their own maverick potential in order to navigate a different, more satisfying course of their own.
Whether they are young and just starting out or older and searching for a different path, the common-sense folks in Swim Against the Current have escaped the corporate tentacles to find their own way toward a richer life and a better American future. They are creating a new, deeply democratic model for the country, edging it back onto the long road toward egalitarianism and the common good. Please join us for a lively discussion with author Jim Hightower on this groundbreaking new book.
Copies of Swim Against the Current will be available for purchase .
Jim Hightower, author, Swim Against the Current
Christy Harvey, Director of Strategic Communications, Center for American Progress