Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV. Follow him on Twitter: @rjeskow 

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History is a dialogue between humanity and time. (Photo: ACLU Nationwide/Facebook) Views
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
In a Fearful Moment, We Are Honored by History
Like many other Americans, this weekend I encountered a cavalcade of slow-rolling, flag-waving pickup trucks and other vehicles on my local highway – which, in my case, was the Beltway surrounding the nation’s capital. They weren’t American flags. They were blue-and-white Trump banners, an...
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A shared dream is a powerful force for change. It’s time to share the dream of freedom from student debt. (Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Freedom Dreamers: The Faces of Student Debt
In a recent Instagram discussion about student debt for the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Ilhan Omar quoted Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza as saying, “We’re not freedom fighters, we’re freedom dreamers.” Rep. Omar, who has student debt of her own, went on to say: “We can all dream, and...
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Some of those Trump voters are experiencing a level suffering that is unimaginable to outsiders. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 23, 2020
The Sunset Gun: One Nation, Under the Influence of Hate
I recently found myself re-reading Walker Percy’s 1970 novel, Love in the Ruins, a deeply problematic work by a writer with extraordinary gifts. Lately, I’ve found myself repeating these lines as I follow the news: "Either I am right and a catastrophe will occur, or it won’t and I’m crazy. In...
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The wax figure of US President Donald Trump stands behind a barrier and signs saying "Keep your distance from quarantine" at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo: Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Trump Is the Grotesque Id of the Ruling Elites. His Disease Is Theirs – and Ours
Wall Street donors, corporate CEOs, “Never Trump” Republicans, “Lincoln Project” consultants, “National Security Professionals for Biden”: many have expressed revulsion for Donald Trump, the man and the president. It’s certainly understandable. Just this week, Trump minimized his own illness, an...
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David Graeber wanted "a world where people could live fulfilling, satisfying, meaningful lives. A world where they could have more fun." (Photo: Andree/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 04, 2020
David Graeber, 1961-2020: History is a Living Weapon
When I was a teenager, I overheard my bass teacher commiserating with some other jazz musicians over the premature death of a colleague. “Yeah,” one said, “he was a soulful cat.” Of all the memories that might have resurfaced all these decades later, that was the one that came to mind when I...
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Kamala Harris addresses the media about migrant children in front of a detention center in Homestead, Florida on June 28, 2019 (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
A Message to the Left About Kamala Harris—And Us
Millions of people have worked for change in this country in recent years. An incomplete list includes the Occupy movement, Standing Rock, the Sunrise movement, the Bernie Sanders campaigns, Black Lives Matter, the Red State teachers' strikes, and the Women's Marches. For the activist left (I...
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Medical staff, wearing protective gear, move a patient infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) from an ambulance to a hospital on March 09, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Rehearsals for Apocalypse: From the A-Bomb to Covid-19
Who knew we'd be this bad at facing the end of the world? Most baby boomers remember the national emergency warning system known as Conelrad. The name stands for "Control of Electromagnetic Radiation"—an aspirational goal if there ever was one. Although it was used for other kinds of emergencies,...
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Congress seems to approach military interventions as if it were building mousetraps. It makes it easy to get into them, but almost impossible to get out. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill
The House Armed Services Committee just passed a defense appropriations bill filled with moral contradictions and illogical absurdities. Consider: It removes some racist symbols in the military, but preserves Trump’s ability to use the military against anti-racist demonstrators. It abdicates...
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Then-U.S. national security adviser John Bolton attends a media briefing during the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2018 in New York City. Views
Sunday, June 21, 2020
John Bolton and Liberals’ Irrational Hatred of Trump
In June 2019, two men sat in the Oval Office and talked of war. One was the bloated embodiment of American evil, a smug and fatuous egomaniac whose power and arrogance posed an existential threat to millions of the planet's inhabitants. The other was Donald Trump. This conversation was reported by...
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A massive group of protesters sit on the ground at Foley Square in a show of peaceful protest while they listen to a speaker. Protesters took to the streets across America after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Derek Chauvin that was kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Big Bank CEOs Want to ‘Listen’ to Black Communities. They Should Return Their Stolen Wealth Instead.
Fox News triggered legitimate outrage last week with a graphic showing that the stock market rose after the uprisings that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, the acquittal of Rodney King’s attackers, and the murders of Michael Brown and George Floyd. But Fox performed a public...
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