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.

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"The economics of the moment call for a political response – with policies that eliminate poverty, strengthen the middle class, and end the banking sector’s stranglehold on the economy." (Photo: Fed Up/Steve McFarland Photography) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
An Economy in the Fast Lane – With No Brakes
Donald Trump has been bragging about the economy a lot lately. He says the United States is now the “ economic envy ” of the world. Unfortunately, Trump is once again trying to reshape reality to fit his own delusions. Reality is refusing to cooperate. It’s true the U.S. economy is in the fast lane...
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Geithner's Grift, Paydays, and Democratic Drift
What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue? If you care about economic justice, or if you want the Democratic Party...
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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 28, 2018
How to Cover a Political Revolution
“RED ALERT,” read the New York Post’s headline after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over high-ranking Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley. They competed in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14 th congressional district, which covers parts of Queens and The Bronx. The subhead read: “Young...
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 "More importantly, it’s time to to look into ourselves, so we can change the policies that displaced these children and their families in the first place." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
For Immigrant Children, Empathy Is Not Enough
There’s no “ civil ” way to say it: The Trump administration is torturing immigrant children. A liberal television personality wept openly for these children a few days ago, and I’m glad she did. But it’s important to remember that these terrible events reflect more than the profoundly amoral...
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
A Movement Emerges to Free Former Students from Crushing Loan Debts
Every so often, perhaps once or twice in a person’s lifetime, the trajectory of society changes. It happened in the 1930s, when the country found a new sense of shared purpose as it rebuilt itself under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It happened after World War II, when the era of...
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"Katie Porter (above) , who is supported by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and progressive groups, supports Medicare For All and other left ideas." (Photo: Katie Porter For Congress) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
“Establishment Wins” Are Bad for Democrats – and the Country
Diehard science-fiction fans will remember the mystical mantra at the heart of the 21 st -century “Battlestar Galactica” reboot: “All this has happened before and will happen again.” Democratic Party leaders and members of the mainstream media should keep that sentence in mind during the 2018 and...
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Wall Street Views
Saturday, June 09, 2018
For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule Is Child's Play
Perhaps the most condescending and unintentionally revealing comments any banker made in the wake of the banker-created 2008 financial crisis came from Jamie Dimon, CEO of too-big-to-fail bank JP Morgan Chase. "One thing's for certain: if there's another financial crisis, it could make the last one...
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"According to these polls, the “leftism” of today is poised to become the political center of tomorrow." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
50 Years After 1968, Can the Young Change Politics? A Striking New Poll Says Yes
Fifty years ago, in the dust and fire of global youth activism, everything seemed possible. The political world was a cloud filled with chaos and opportunity, pain and promise. The young were a powerful force, even a world-changing one. Could they become that force again? As many Millennials vote...
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"The Supreme Court’s conservatives are doing the bidding of corporate and billionaire America." (Photo: Skeeze) Views
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
How Trump And The GOP’s SCOTUS Screw Workers
Many have observed, correctly, that the Supreme Court’s recent 5 to 4 decision upholding forced arbitration for employees is a “ devastating blow ” to the rights of working people. This decision by the court’s conservative majority will affect an estimated 60 million workers, who will now be unable...
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“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Real Corruption: Mick “Pay and We’ll Talk” Mulvaney
It’s not just that Mick Mulvaney has no scruples; he has no shame. It has become commonplace to see Trump administration officials, up to and including the president, abuse public resources for personal gain and comfort. But private planes, $31,000 dining room sets, and other lavish expenditures at...
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