Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is a senior fellow at Campaign for America's Future.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 1:15pm
In Troubled Times, the Federal Reserve Must Work for Everyone
It’s been a chaotic few days for the world’s markets. Recent events do not paint the picture of a stable economy guided by rational minds. Instead, the world of global finance looks more like a playground in need of adult supervision. Like other nations, we have a central bank. What should the...
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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 2:00pm
80 Years Later, Republicans Are Still Fighting Social Security
Some things never change. “The lash of the dictator will be felt,” a Republican House member said in 1935 when Social Security was first proposed. “Social Security is the delinquent child of the left,” a Fox News commentator said this week, “that grew up to be an evil dictator.” “Dictator”? A...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
The GOP Debate is What Oligarchy Looks Like
In the run-up to the first Republican presidential debate, a flurry of news stories about the candidates offered glimpses of oligarchy in action. Consider: Jeb Bush’s largest Super PAC has already raised $103 million , most of it collected before he even officially declared that he was running for...
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:15am
The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda
Few political advisers would suggest running on a platform of open hostility toward the elderly. Most families include an older person, after all, and everyone who lives long enough will become older themselves someday. Seniors vote in greater numbers, too. That may be why the GOP isn’t openly...
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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 11:30am
In Search of the Democratic Soul
A Google search for the phrase "soul of the Democratic Party" yields thousands of hits, because the struggle for that soul has been a perennial subject of debate. I've probably used the phrase myself. But after a week spent tracking the independent left's political progress , I've become even more...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:15am
Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda
We live in a political era dominated by corporate cash, billionaire “beauty pageants,” and a right-wing noise machine whose rhetorical phasers are permanently set to “stun.” It’s easy to lose track of ourselves when we’re distracted from moment to moment by Fox News pinwheels and celebrity-driven...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 3:00pm
The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse
The Justice Department’s latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:45am
The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever
Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever in the party this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn’t look like the friction will be going away any time soon. President Obama has been escalating his war of...
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:45pm
Obama’s Trade War Against Warren Wounds His Party – and His Legacy
Well, this is awkward. A few days ago President Obama literally laughed off Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s concern that his so-called “fast track” provision, which would limit Congressional power regarding trade deals for the next six years, endangers 2010’s Dodd/Frank financial reforms. “I’d have to be...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:45am
The 'Fight for $15' and the Return of the Vanishing Worker
On April 15, perhaps as you’re reading these words, working people in 200 American cities will rally for a $15 base wage and the right to form a union. Solidarity demonstrations are planned in more than 30 cities on six continents, and have already taken place in Switzerland, the Philippines, South...
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