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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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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Demonstrators and police face off on the sixth consecutive day of protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on June 3, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
The Killers Inside Us: White Fury and the Thin Blue Line
The roar of the .45 shook the room. Charlotte staggered back a step. Her eyes were a symphony of incredulity, an unbelieving witness to truth ..."How could you?" she gasped. I had only a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in. "It was easy," I said. —"I, the Jury," Mickey Spillane "It...
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Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 25, 2020
Let's Honor Fallen Workers on Memorial Day, Too
Memorial Day, as many people know, began as a way to commemorate the 600-800,000 combatants who died fighting on both sides of the Civil War. The magnitude of that loss is hard to picture. As a percentage of the population, that’s like losing 6.2 million to 8.3 million people in this country today...
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The ideology of capitalism, writes Eskow, "openly places profit above human life. Its values are a plague on the world economy, and its global economic dominance is the vector that spread COVID-19 from the wet markets of China to the free markets of the United States." (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 30, 2020
It's Not a "Chinese Virus." The Correct Name Is "The Capitalism Virus"
In the strange, time-bending world of the pandemic, it seems like ages since Donald Trump first referred to COVID-19 as "the Chinese virus." But it's only been about a month since that appellation left the president's lips, earning praise from conservatives like Ben Shapiro , whose commentary made...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 06, 2020
Should Bernie Drop Out or Stay In? Wait, There’s Another Choice.
The question’s been raised, publicly and privately: Should Bernie Sanders quit the presidential race or keep going? It will almost certainly be asked again now that the Wisconsin primary—like so many others—has been postponed . It’s the wrong question. Bernie should do something else altogether,...
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