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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Thursday, June 04, 2015
The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda
Few political advisers would suggest running on a platform of open hostility toward the elderly. Most families include an older person, after all, and everyone who lives long enough will become older themselves someday. Seniors vote in greater numbers, too. That may be why the GOP isn’t openly...
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Saturday, May 30, 2015
In Search of the Democratic Soul
A Google search for the phrase "soul of the Democratic Party" yields thousands of hits, because the struggle for that soul has been a perennial subject of debate. I've probably used the phrase myself. But after a week spent tracking the independent left's political progress , I've become even more...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda
We live in a political era dominated by corporate cash, billionaire “beauty pageants,” and a right-wing noise machine whose rhetorical phasers are permanently set to “stun.” It’s easy to lose track of ourselves when we’re distracted from moment to moment by Fox News pinwheels and celebrity-driven...
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Friday, May 22, 2015
The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse
The Justice Department’s latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever
Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever in the party this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn’t look like the friction will be going away any time soon. President Obama has been escalating his war of...
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Monday, May 18, 2015
Obama’s Trade War Against Warren Wounds His Party – and His Legacy
Well, this is awkward. A few days ago President Obama literally laughed off Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s concern that his so-called “fast track” provision, which would limit Congressional power regarding trade deals for the next six years, endangers 2010’s Dodd/Frank financial reforms. “I’d have to be...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The 'Fight for $15' and the Return of the Vanishing Worker
On April 15, perhaps as you’re reading these words, working people in 200 American cities will rally for a $15 base wage and the right to form a union. Solidarity demonstrations are planned in more than 30 cities on six continents, and have already taken place in Switzerland, the Philippines, South...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-Wall Street Wave
Former governor Martin O’Malley and former senator Jim Webb spoke at a firefighters’ union event earlier this month. Both are the subject of renewed press interest as they contemplate entering the presidential race. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been publicly weighing a run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him. The greatest betrayals on “House of Cards” can be found in the misleading arguments, presented as...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
New Front In #RepublicanClassWar: Social Security for the Disabled
Nine out of ten Americans have fallen behind financially as the well-to-do – especially the ultra-wealthy – capture an ever-increasing chunk of our national income. This inequality threatens the entire economy’s future growth and stability. But whenever someone offers a solution to this growing...
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