Richard Eskow

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‘Many sides’? There are only two sides here: Right and wrong. Murderer and victim. Hatred and love. In the clutch, when it really mattered, the president of the United States refused to pick a side. But we can. We can lay down our lives, one by one if necessary, until we have won. Views
Monday, August 14, 2017
Trump Won’t Say It, But We Will: White Terror in Charlottesville
Her name was Heather Heyer . She was marching for justice in Charlottesville when she was killed by a white racist. Say her name. His name was Timothy Caughman . He was walking down the street in New York City when he was killed by a white racist. Say his name. Their names were Ricky John Best and...
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"The people gave FANG its enormous wealth and power; it now has the ability to make or break careers and companies. These corporations should be regulated like public utilities."(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
This is a story about property: real and imagined, legitimate and illegitimate. It’s a story about who gets to decide who can own what, and whom. It’s a story of reality, both physical and virtual. It’s a story that begins with humans in chains, moves through Disney’s desire to make a theme park...
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“Social Security reform,” “Medicare reform,” “tax reform” – when Republicans say they want to “reform” something, the only thing you can be sure of is that the wealthy will benefit and everyone else will suffer." Views
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Kochs and Trump Team Up to Cut Billionaires’ Taxes
This headline appeared on Monday, July 31, 2017, at precisely 4:00 am: “ Koch Brothers Move to Back White House’s Tax-Cut Plan .” This one appeared less than twelve hours later: “ White House sees tax reform zipping through Congress in October, November .” That’s what you get when you combine the...
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Friday, July 28, 2017
The Mooch, the Donald, and the Goldmanization of Government
Donald Trump’s White House seems more like a Quentin Tarantino movie every day. Amid allegations of broken laws and self-dealing at the highest levels, the president has now hired a Communications Director called “The Mooch.” The name brings to mind the famous “ Mr. Pink ” scene from Reservoir Dogs...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
If Hell Had a Budget: The GOP Breaks the Ten Commandments
A heat wave gripped Washington D.C. last week, its bright sun delineating each building’s sharp corners with Edward Hopper-like clarity. Commuters waited listlessly for trains and buses, fixed in their moments of misery like flies in amber. If the city seemed like Hell, the resemblance was only...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say
The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
There’s a Big Hole in the Center of the Democratic Party
“I mean, have you seen the other guys?” That’s one of the slogans that was recently proposed by Democratic Party strategists, presumably in a lighthearted way. But the joke, if that’s what it was, reflects an underlying belief among party leaders that Democrats’ best bet is to stand in contrast to...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Why We Need to Know What Trump Says Behind Closed Doors
When I’m not writing for OurFuture, I host a weekly news and opinion program on syndicated radio and cable TV called The Zero Hour . My team there recently faced a major challenge when we received a secret recording of Donald Trump’s remarks to a closed-door, $35,000-a-head fundraiser. We decided...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed
The Republican Senate’s draft health bill differs from the House version, but its basic purpose is the same: give millionaires and billionaires a massive new tax cut by slashing health benefits for millions of Americans, and take care away altogether from millions more. "The Republicans want to...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Resistance in a Time of Gunfire
The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “You’re going to hear me say something you’ve never heard me say before,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...
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