Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskowis a freelance writer. Much of his work can be found on eskow.substack.com. His weekly program, The Zero Hour, can be found on cable television, radio, Spotify, and podcast media. He is a senior advisor with Social Security Works. He can be reached at richard@thisisthezerohour.com.Follow him on Twitter: @rjeskow 

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A coalition of healthcare advocacy organizations rallied outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 14, 2021
On Vaccine Patents, A Light Out of the Darkness
The poet Robinson Jeffers once characterized the purveyors of modern greed in direct language: "They'd shit on the morning star if they could reach (it)." We're seeing the consequences of that greed in our land, seas, and skies. We're seeing it in ourselves, too. We're becoming ill and dying in the...
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This cold war isn't something that could develop sometime in the future. It's already here. (Photo: CodePink) Views
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
The Apocalypse Must Be Near. I Agree With Henry Kissinger—About Cold War With China
The end must be near, because I agree with Henry Kissinger about something. In fact, "the end" is exactly what I agree with Kissinger about. The former secretary of state, in a video appearance with the equally execrable former Senator Joe Lieberman, had this to say about US/China relations: "It's...
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U.S. President Joe Biden elbow bumps Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he greets her and Vice President Kamala Harris after concluding his address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Nancy Pelosi and These Centrists Want Biden to Go Left on Drug Costs and Medicare
These are strange days for a former Bernie Sanders staffer like me. In the days leading up to President Biden’s Wednesday speech about the American Families Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some pretty conservative congressional Democrats urged Biden to pivot left and do more on drug prices and...
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Revolutionaries sees the potential in human beings—to live, to love, to serve, and to express themselves. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/Oscar Wong) Views
Monday, March 29, 2021
Every Person With a Conscience Is a Revolutionary Waiting to Be Born
A revolutionary is, of course, someone who wants to overthrow the existing order. We need such people. The current order is unsustainable. It is destroying the planet and creating inequality so severe that society is becoming unstable. It's an engine for human misery on a massive scale. Three...
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A pedestrian wearing a protective mask checks her phone near a Medicare for All bus stop billboard in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 18, 2021
As People Keep Dying, Can the President—Can We—Really Say 'We Did Everything We Could'?
I was moved by President Biden’s speech marking the half-million-life milestone in US pandemic deaths. I disagree with him on a lot of issues, but he strikes me as a decent person. He’s been through more grief than anyone should have to endure. I respect and mourn his experience with loss, which he...
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"There are other ways to address right-wing extremism," writes Eskow. "They're messy, they're slow, and there's no guarantee they'll work. It would take thousands of words to lay them out, but here's a start." (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Ma Bell with Mind Control: Liberalism, Radicalism, and the Evolving Face of Censorship
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently lamented the rise of domestic extremism in the Washington Post . "We pride ourselves on the institutions that have evolved over hundreds of years," Clapper said, adding that "legal institutions, the rule of law, protection of citizens...
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US President Joe Biden walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 8, 2021, following a weekend in Delaware. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 08, 2021
Note to Democrats: $1400 + $600 Does NOT Equal $2000
Under the current Democratic proposal, eligibility for COVID relief will be based on last year's income. That's like prescribing medicine today based on your temperature last April. That's not the only problem with the Democrats' cumbersome plan for what have come to be known as "stimulus checks."...
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Healthcare workers roll a patient into the emergency room at Maimonides Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States, Dec. 14, 2020. (Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
After One Hundred 9/11's, Here Are 9 Life-Saving Actions Progressives Must Demand Now
We have reached a deadly milestone: 300,000 Covid-19 deaths in the United States. That's one hundred times as many people as died on 9/11. More people died from Covid-19 last Wednesday, in fact, than died on 9/11. Friday, too. "To stop the dying, we must act as if each of our lives depended on it...
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to a speaker during a press conference on March 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
How a Rahm Emanuel Appointment Would Hurt Biden and the Democrats
The skies above Washington D.C. are restricted airspace for low-flying aircraft, with one major exception. The inception of a new presidential administration fills the air with trial balloons, as job seekers and administration officials test the public reaction to possible appointments. One trial...
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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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