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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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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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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