Richard Eskow

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

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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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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 3:00pm
Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-Wall Street Wave
Former governor Martin O’Malley and former senator Jim Webb spoke at a firefighters’ union event earlier this month. Both are the subject of renewed press interest as they contemplate entering the presidential race. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been publicly weighing a run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 9:30am
Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him. The greatest betrayals on “House of Cards” can be found in the misleading arguments, presented as...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:45am
New Front In #RepublicanClassWar: Social Security for the Disabled
Nine out of ten Americans have fallen behind financially as the well-to-do – especially the ultra-wealthy – capture an ever-increasing chunk of our national income. This inequality threatens the entire economy’s future growth and stability. But whenever someone offers a solution to this growing...
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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:45pm
More Evidence ‘Centrist’ Solutions Can’t Save Us
We have become a profoundly unequal society. That reality is explored in new detail in a recent study from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Even more importantly, the INET study shows that it will take a dramatic shift in policy to restore the equilibrium. Unless we can build...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:45am
A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt
President Obama's proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which it has inspired, confirms our belief that it is time for a comprehensive solution to a $1.3 trillion problem: student debt in the United States. We strongly support the concept of tuition-free...
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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 9:15am
The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well. For details on the House’s action, we pointed yesterday to a number of...
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