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, February 09, 2015
More Evidence ‘Centrist’ Solutions Can’t Save Us
We have become a profoundly unequal society. That reality is explored in new detail in a recent study from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Even more importantly, the INET study shows that it will take a dramatic shift in policy to restore the equilibrium. Unless we can build...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt
President Obama's proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which it has inspired, confirms our belief that it is time for a comprehensive solution to a $1.3 trillion problem: student debt in the United States. We strongly support the concept of tuition-free...
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Friday, January 09, 2015
The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well. For details on the House’s action, we pointed yesterday to a number of...
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Wall Street Had a Merry Christmas. The New Year’s Still Up For Grabs.
They’re calling it a “Christmas gift” for Wall Street. Last week the Federal Reserve announced that it’s giving U.S. banks yet another extension on the “Volcker Rule” provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. As a result of this latest decision, banks won’t have to comply until mid-2017...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hillary’s Choice: “Anti-Gridlock” or “Anti-Wall Street”?
We’re told that Hillary Clinton is spurning something her advisers call the “anti-Wall Street” movement and will run instead on a platform of “working across the aisle” with Republicans. Her camp is suggesting, without much evidence and against the lessons of recent history, that she will be more...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wall Street Moves In For The Kill
It’s been six years since Wall Street’s recklessness and criminal fraud caused trillions of dollars in economic damage and nearly shattered the global economy. The 2008 financial crisis opened millions of Americans’ eyes to the widespread corruption and mismanagement in the financial industry, and...
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Friday, December 05, 2014
Why Demographics Can’t Save the Democrats – But Populism Can
In his examination of former Virginia Senator Jim Webb’s potential presidential candidacy, New York Times commentator Thomas Edsall explored Webb’s potential appeal to “voters convinced that Wall Street owns both parties, voters tired of politicians submitting to partisan orthodoxy and voters...
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Corporations Act To Make Congress A Wholly Owned Subsidiary
As Election Day approaches, two reports show us exactly how corrupted our political system has become. Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress. The Wall Street Journal analyzed filings from the Federal Election Commission and...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
GOP Betrays Social Security-Cutting Dems: Who Could’ve Seen It Coming?
Who could’ve seen it coming? Progressives could be forgiven for developing something of a Cassandra complex when it comes to the Democratic Party’s economic stances. Here’s the latest case in point: The Washington Post and Politico have warned us that Republicans, led by Karl Rove’s dark-money...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
What's Wrong with the NFL Is What's Wrong with America
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers’ health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks. We’re not talking about America’s top corporations. We’re not even talking about the...
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