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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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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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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