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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"This tax giveaway to corporations was “excess capital” – that is, they didn’t need the money – so they’re giving it back to shareholders." (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Views
Monday, May 07, 2018
Mnuchin Flips Tax-Scam Grift, Hopes Nobody Notices
With a little-noticed remark at a friendly event, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discarded his past arguments for the Trump/GOP tax bill. All Mnuchin could offer in their place was one of the oldest and most discredited ideas in the conservative playbook (and that’s saying something). It was a...
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Pyrrhic Party: The Democratic Establishment’s War on Progressives
By supporting corporate-friendly candidates and policies, Congressional Democratic leaders are be moving closer and closer toward open warfare with their party’s base. There is a real need to raise money, of course. But the party’s leaders have chosen to raise and spend money in ways that conflict...
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"Pompeo has a long history of anti-Muslim comments, and of associating with Islamophobic hate groups and leaders." (Photo:Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Democrats Who Vote For Pompeo Will Disgrace Themselves and Their Party
Imagine a nominee for Secretary of State who is so bigoted that he once accused Christian organizations and houses of worship of remaining silent about crimes committed in the name of Christianity by groups like the far-right Army of God or the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Imagine...
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"Everyone who lives in this country deserves affordable housing, protection from unfair evictions, freedom from discrimination, and the right to safe and well-maintained homes." (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
We Need a Housing Revolution Now
Here’s an experiment: If you’re not downtown as you read this, go there now and find some homeless people. They probably won’t be hard to find. Now, look at their faces. If you can’t get downtown, look at their photographs online . Now, imagine these same faces – just the faces – without anything...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren’t Being Asked
“ Mission accomplished ,” says the President. What, exactly, was the mission? And what exactly was accomplished? Donald Trump is being mocked for using this phrase in a tweet to praise what he claims was a “perfectly executed” airstrike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. This recalls...
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"Oxfam calculates that the new wealth obtained by billionaires alone could end world poverty seven times over." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 02, 2018
Is the ‘Liberal World Order’ Worth Saving?
Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, recently wrote a column entitled “ Liberal World Order, R.I.P .” Haass sees the post-World War II order succumbing to centrifugal forces. He foresees a fragmented and chaotic world made up of “regional orders” or “disorders”, along with...
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John Bolton - Every Problem Looks Like a Nail. (DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 26, 2018
This Is What Makes John Bolton So Dangerous
Snowpocalypse.” “Robo-apocalypse.” “Retail apocalypse.” Casual references to annihilation pop up every day in American life. That makes it harder to communicate the danger posed by Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor Bolton has poor judgement, a mean spirit, and...
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"If the deal goes through, Sinclair’s stations will reach nearly 70 percent of all households in the United States." (Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
There’s Fake News on Your Television, Too
There is increasing public concern about the political manipulation of Facebook and Twitter by private corporations and foreign actors, and it’s certainly warranted. Social media, especially Facebook, are increasingly mediating their users’ realities in ways that traditional broadcasters can only...
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Monday, March 19, 2018
The Resistance Needs Better Heroes
A movement without memory is adrift. And a movement that picks the wrong heroes is lost. Two milestones should serve as reminders to self-styled members of the Resistance. One marks a turning point in the life of an ill-chosen hero. The other is a reminder that true heroism calls for self-awareness...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The $24 Million Reasons Dems Back America’s Worst Banks
Why would 16 Democratic senators join their Republican colleagues in pushing a bill that lays out a rich banquet of goodies before some of America’s worst bankers, and increases the risk that taxpayers will have to bail them out? Here are 24 million reasons: These 16 Democrats have collectively...
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