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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California Chief Justice Donald Wright (left) swearing in Jerry Brown as governor, January 6, 1975. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
Jerry Brown: Zen and the Art of Pandemic Response
People from all walks of life, including many leftists, were electrified by the meteoric rise of Jerry Brown, who first became California‘s governor in 1974 and returned to that office in the 21 st century. It’s easy to see why. Brown was, and is, a politician unlike any other. Jesuitically trained...
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General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
How Many Nedas? Iran Sanctions Are Biological Warfare Against Civilians
The world was rightfully shocked and outraged in 2005 by the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young Iranian woman shot during a protest . “She was a person full of joy,” said her music teacher, who was with her when she died. “She was a beam of light.” According to her teacher, Neda’s last words were...
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Patrick said he turns 70 next week, that he’s a “small businessman,” and that pandemic precautions are causing an “economic collapse.” Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
No, I Will Not Die for This Damned Economy
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick received a lot of attention Monday night when, according to many progressives, he seemed to tell Tucker Carlson that he was willing to die in order to preserve the American economy. But this economy is damned. Merriam-Webster defines "damned" as "to bring ruin on," or...
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Of Course Bloomberg's an Oligarch—and He's Coming For Your Social Security
A recent exchange on MSNBC turned viral after Nina Turner, a national campaign co-chair for Bernie Sanders, described billionaire Michael Bloomberg as an “oligarch.” That drew a heated response from MSNBC contributor and political science professor Jason Johnson, who insisted that Turner’s word...
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Troy Price, Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the delayed results from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Iowa Wasn't a Technology Failure. It Was a Failure of Democratic Values.
What we saw at the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses wasn’t a failure of technology. It was a failure of values. This failure casts a shadow on the party’s ability to carry out its basic responsibilities. Worse, it suggests that its leaders care more about helping their friends than serving the...
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 Dr. King was a troublemaker, in the best sense of the word. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Monday, January 20, 2020
Dr. King's Radical Revolution Of Values
This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If he hadn’t been murdered, he would be 91 years old. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? The words to his “I Have a Dream” speech will be repeated from podiums and in classrooms across the country. But many of the people...
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Saturday, November 09, 2019
Can Bloomberg Buy the Election for $12 Billion? If So, He Can Write the Check Today
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who bought himself a mayoralty, now has his sights set on higher office. This is the same Michael Bloomberg who became mayor of New York City by outspending his opponent five to one. Could the same arithmetic apply to the presidential race? If so, it would cost...
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Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses an audience on the campus of the University of Chapel Hill during a campaign rally on September 19, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Sanders spoke to college students on the working people's rights, among fair wage and health care. (Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Bernie’s Student Debt Plan Creates a Million More Jobs Than Warren’s—She Should Embrace It
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both offered proposals to cancel student debt, a nearly $1.6 trillion burden on borrowers and a major drag on the economy. While both are aggressive attempts to address the student debt crisis, there is a major difference between the two plans: the Sanders...
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Her plan has an overarching, fatal flaw: It relies on the benevolence and good intentions of America’s health insurers. (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The Fatal Flaw in Kamala Harris’ Health Plan
Sen. Kamala Harris has become the latest presidential candidate to unveil a healthcare plan. Her proposal would take current Medicare, including the private plans known as Medicare Advantage, and extend it to the entire population. Her staff says that her plan would sharply limit out-of-pocket...
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are seen during the Capitol "Swamp" to unveil college affordability bills, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 24, 2019
Ilhan Omar and Bernie Got It Right: Full Student Debt Cancellation Is the Best Approach
Sen. Bernie Sanders, together with Representatives Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal, has introduced a dramatic reform package on college affordability. It goes far beyond anything proposed so far, both in its scope and in its potential to reshape the way Americans think about their society and...
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