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, May 27, 2014
Making The “New Populism” A Reality
“Democratic movements are initiated by people who have individually managed to attain a high level of personal political self-respect,” historian Lawrence Goodwyn wrote nearly four decades ago. “They are not resigned; they are not intimidated.” “The game is rigged,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said at...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Look Out, Wall Street, the New Populism is Coming
Even as the Campaign for America’s Future prepares for its May conference on the New Populism , attacks on populism keep coming from all directions. One of the latest salvos to be publicized comes in the form of an anecdote about Bill Clinton. As Tim Geithner told Andrew Ross Sorkin , Clinton...
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Who’s Fighting for Public Workers?
Sometimes you have to step back a few paces to see how much conservatism has distorted the public debate. Case in point: employment. Somehow the right has managed to stigmatize public-sector jobs so effectively that only politicians of rare and admirable courage are willing to defend them...
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
McCutcheon, the Majority and the Challenge of Our Time
The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling will be remembered as a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. It is not the first such battle, nor will it be the last. And the people will continue to lose – unless and until the rules of engagement are changed...
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Friday, March 28, 2014
More Proof Corporate Tax Cuts Have Done More Harm Than Good
The taxes paid by corporations today are near record lows as a percentage of the United States’ total tax bill, even as they are recording massive profits. Yet the unemployment rate is still high.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Free Higher Education Is a Human Right
Social progress is never a straightforward, linear process. Sometimes society struggles to recognize moral questions that in retrospect should have seemed obvious. Then, in a historical moment, something crystallizes.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The White House Budget: A View From the Left
Republican House Speaker John Boehner calls President Obama’s new budget “irresponsible.” A New York Times headline calls it a “populist wish list.” But it’s neither of those things.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
For Services Rendered? Wall Street’s Big Paydays For Trade Negotiators
If you take the king’s shilling, says the old saying, then you do the king’s bidding. So what happens when you take 100 million of them?
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Friday, February 14, 2014
10 Reasons To Call For More Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage
President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for some federally contracted workers to $10.10.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
It’s 2.13: On Valentine’s Eve, Give Tipped Workers Some Love
Today, 2/13, is the day before Valentine’s Day. $2.13 is the base wage at which tipped employees must be paid, implemented in 1991. This means that there is a strong likelihood that the server of your Friday evening Valentine’s dinner would not be able to purchase a gallon of milk with the money coming that hour solely from his or her employer.
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