Richard Eskow

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Trump’s HHS Pick Alex Azar Is the Worst Pharma Bro of All
Nominating Alexander Azar to run Health and Human Services is like pinning a sheriff’s badge on Billy the Kid. For all his polish and small-town charm, when it comes to pharmaceutical predation, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard “pharma bros” like Martin Shkreli to shame. Shkreli is the...
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"The explosive growth of billionaire wealth, at a time when the middle class is dying and millions of Americans are struggling, has implications for democracy as well as the economy." Views
Monday, November 13, 2017
Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise
The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two recent reports – the UBS/PwC report on the “new Gilded Age” of the international billionaire class , and the “Paradise...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
Donna Brazile, the DNC, and Democratizing the Democrats
Democrats are fighting again. The trigger this time is former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile’s forthcoming book, which says that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given significant control over the DNC long before she became the party’s nominee. It’s easy to be cynical about the...
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"The poll shows that support for the left is greater among female voters (55 percent), Hispanic voters (65 percent), and African-American voters (55 percent) than it is among whites (46 percent) or men (49 percent)." Views
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dems Want to Ditch Leaders and Move Left; They’re Right
A new poll shows most Democratic voters want their party to move left, with new people in charge. In other words, they want a political revolution. They’ve got the right idea. If the party establishment thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation will save it, it’s probably wrong. After President Richard...
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61 percent agree with the statement, “Republicans and Democrats have done such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed.” Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Why “Centrists” Will Sink the Democrats, If They Haven’t Already
No political ideology in modern American history has failed as consistently, or for as long, as the Wall Street-friendly political brand known as “Democratic centrism.” It’s true that individual politicians have succeeded under this umbrella, through art and luck, but their party and their policies...
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Nonvoters are a much larger group than either voting Republicans or voting Democrats, reflecting broad dissatisfaction with available choices. Democrats have failed to convince enough voters that they can bring about needed change. Views
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse
Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, “How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse.” Although, come to think of it, they’re doing pretty well with that already. The newspapers have been filled with stories of Trump’s tense relationship with Senate Majority...
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Now, financial interests are using this tragedy to exploit Puerto Rico even further. As Kate Aronoff, Angel Manuel Soto, and Averie Timm report in The Intercept, they are attempting to use PROMESA to accelerate the sell-off of Puerto Rico’s shared resources to private hands. Views
Friday, October 13, 2017
After The Storm, It’s Labor vs. Finance for the Future of Puerto Rico
Two opposing forces are fighting to reshape Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, is trying to tighten its grip on the island. Meanwhile, organized labor is working to rebuild the island – and to rebuild its own ranks in the process...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New
The once-proud political project known as “centrism” is collapsing around the globe, despite increasingly desperate attempts by billionaire backers to revive it. The center-right’s implosion can be seen in the weakened state of Theresa May’s Conservatives in Great Britain, the recent setback for...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Can Centrism Be a Movement? The Answer May Surprise You
Astronomers tell us the stars we see in the night sky died many millennia ago. Their light has spent eons crossing the emptiness of space. To us, they still seem to glitter and shine, but were extinguished long ago. Last week, the Washington Post ran an op-ed about the political framework known as...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Medicare For All Can Reshape the ‘Art of the Possible’
Bernie Sanders unveiled his Medicare for All bill this week, and 16 Democratic senators signed on as cosponsors. The last time he introduced a bill like it, not one senator was willing to join him. They considered the idea impossible, utopian. Times have changed. The senators who shared a podium...
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