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, June 20, 2016
Bernie Sanders’ Leverage Isn’t Going Anywhere. Deal With It.
Some politicians and commentators say that Bernie Sanders is losing leverage because he hasn’t conceded the Democratic primary to front-runner Hillary Clinton. To believe that is to misunderstand both the candidate and his supporters. Sanders received a mandate in “defeat” that most politicians...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
For Nine Souls in Charleston, One Year Later
We live on. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, we live on. We live on in the memories of those we leave behind. We live on in words, in gestures, in glances, in anything that changes the heart of another person forever. We live on in loved ones and in strangers, in the people we’ve touched...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Would You Trust Henry Kissinger with Your Social Security?
Years ago a political scientist said that the mass media can’t influence what people think, but it can influence what people think about. Today it does both. If you’re a billionaire who wants to manipulate public opinion, that means you’ll keep feeding it stories that serve your ideology and self-...
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Social Security’s Enemies Are Down – But They’re Not Out
Not so long ago, Social Security was endangered by a “bipartisan” consensus that sought to cut its benefits – already lower than those of comparable countries – as part of a “grand bargain.” President Obama even put a slow-motion benefit cut into one of his proposed budgets, in the form of a...
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Sunday, June 05, 2016
Muhammad Ali Speaks to the Activist Soul
“Everything I did was according to my conscience. I wasn’t trying to be a leader. I just wanted to be free.” – Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) In the end, Muhammad Ali wasn’t just the most important athlete of his time. And he wasn’t just a world-changing activist. He was even more than those things: he...
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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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