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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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
The Incredible Shrinking Populist: Donald Trump’s Tiny Economic Vision
On Monday, Donald Trump talked about the economy on television for an hour. That may have exceeded the graduate-level curriculum at Trump University. But the biggest lesson I learned is that Trump contradicts himself more, and becomes more typically Republican, with every passing day. It’s rare to...
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Monday, August 08, 2016
American Greed: Trump’s Economic Team Is a Who’s Who of What’s Wrong
“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.” Donald Trump hears America singing, too. But where Whitman heard men and women, masons and carpenters, Trump hears only the unvarying monotone of rich white males like himself. Trump’s tone-deafness was in full effect last...
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Saturday, August 06, 2016
As Republicans Defect, Will Clinton Be Tempted To Tack Right?
The sense of panic among elite Republicans is palpable. They’re beginning to understand that when they look at Donald Trump they’re staring into the orange-hued face of their party’s potential demise. The GOP defections to Team Hillary were already well underway by the time of last week’s...
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Trump’s Terrifying Pitch: It Was Better Than You Think
The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers. Lincoln’s speech lasted less than two minutes. A columnist in the New York Post said that Trump gave...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Clinton Must Go Bold – and Go Left – For VP
Word is that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday , and rumors that she’s going with a “safe” pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, a search for “safety” could put her candidacy in serious danger. Change vs. the...
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Trump 2016: The Three Shadows Haunting Cleveland
When Donald Trump’s Republican Party convenes in Cleveland, three shadows will haunt the arena. They won’t talk about these shadows on television, but if you look closely you’re sure to see them. The first shadow is that of the extremist Republican right. Since the infamous Lewis Powell memo of...
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Monday, July 11, 2016
Don’t Stop the Revolution: The Sanders Movement After Orlando
Bernie Sanders’ “political revolution” scored some impressive wins this weekend at the Democratic Party Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, adding to its victories last month in St. Louis. ABC News called the resulting document “ exceptionally progressive .” Apparently Sanders had more leverage...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Inequality’s Getting Worse. How Do We End This?
On July 1, at the start of the Independence Day weekend, we learned that income inequality in this country became even worse last year. Economic inequality produces scars that last a lifetime – and even longer. That’s one reason why President Obama said in 2013 that “increasing inequality …...
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Dear Tony Blair: It’s Not the Pitch, It’s the Product.
“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair …” If Tony Blair’s op-ed on Brexit is mournful and even elegiac in tone, that’s understandable. Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was, after all, a repudiation of his legacy as prime minister. And if it isn’t as mournful as it might have been...
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Friday, June 24, 2016
Brexit and the New Global Rebellion
Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by any means. But poisonous weeds are just as likely as green shoots...
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