Jim Hightower is at it again. This time he’s determined to put the party back in politics by taking his freewheeling populism on the road. The Rolling Thunder Down-home Democracy Tour kicked off last Saturday in Austin, Texas, drawing about 6,000 people. Speakers at the Austin event included Michael Moore, Molly Ivins, and Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois).
Traditionally, a Chatauqua is a place where people come together during the summer months for entertainment, discussion, and education. From the late 1800’s through the turn of the last century, the Chautauqua movement grew to more than 20 Chautauqua companies and more than 90 circuits, drawing 35 million participants each year.