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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Monday, May 16, 2016
What’s Killing the American Middle Class?
A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Wall Street’s Fraud of the Week Club
In April 2006, while Goldman was preparing an RMBS backed by Countrywide loans for securitization, a Goldman mortgage department manager circulated a “very bullish” equity research report that recommended the purchase of Countrywide stock. Goldman’s head of due diligence, who had just overseen the...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Bernie’s Right. Wall Street’s Business Model Really Is Fraud.
“I’ve said if the big banks don’t play by the rules, I will break them up.” —Hillary Clinton Our nation’s largest and most powerful banks have repeatedly engaged in widespread fraud, causing both individual suffering and a recession that millions of Americans are still living through today. They...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
New Study Confirms: Private 'Trade' Courts Serve the Ultra-Wealthy
A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international “trade” deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people. Smaller companies and less-wealthy individuals don’t benefit...
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Monday, February 08, 2016
Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent
Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1 percent” and the “99 percent.” Today the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders is altering the political landscape with a call to reduce...
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Friday, November 13, 2015
The “New Democrats” Confront a New Reality
Several recent news articles have suggested that, in the words of a Washington Post headline, “ there’s … a big economic fight happening in the Democratic Party .” It’s true. The corporate-friendly policies of the party’s more conservative wing have fared poorly, both as policy and as politics, and...
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Monday, November 02, 2015
How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy
A new study from the International Monetary Fund concludes that unions reduce inequality and foster a healthier economy for everyone, mainly by preventing the wealthiest among us from keeping the fruits of a collaboratively created prosperity for themselves. The IMF study shows that a reinvigorated...
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
'Sowers of Change': The Pope Arrives At a Critical Moment
Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States began with his arrival in Washington D.C. on Tuesday afternoon. From the nation’s capital he goes to its economic capital, New York City, before concluding his trip with a visit to the nation’s birthplace in Philadelphia. That itinerary seems to suit...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
In Troubled Times, the Federal Reserve Must Work for Everyone
It’s been a chaotic few days for the world’s markets. Recent events do not paint the picture of a stable economy guided by rational minds. Instead, the world of global finance looks more like a playground in need of adult supervision. Like other nations, we have a central bank. What should the...
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Friday, August 14, 2015
80 Years Later, Republicans Are Still Fighting Social Security
Some things never change. “The lash of the dictator will be felt,” a Republican House member said in 1935 when Social Security was first proposed. “Social Security is the delinquent child of the left,” a Fox News commentator said this week, “that grew up to be an evil dictator.” “Dictator”? A...
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