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, 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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 "The average income for a rural household receiving rental assistance from Carson’s department is $10,504, roughly one-third the cost of Carson’s newly-ordered office decor." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, March 02, 2018
Ben Carson’s Redecoration of HUD is Worse Than You Think
Ben Carson, the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, received some unwanted attention this week over a $ 31,000 dining room set that was ordered for his office, reportedly at his wife’s request. The average income for a rural household receiving rental assistance from Carson’s department is...
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"These students played by the rules, and were caught in a trap that was not of their own making. We need to free them, and ourselves, from that trap." (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Picture the United States Without Student Debt
Picture the United States without student debt. It’s a country with a larger, more vibrant economy than the one we have today. It’s a country where more than a million people, including many people who never went to college, have jobs they would not otherwise have. A new report from Bard College’s...
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"Reduce inequality through worker empowerment and labor rights, with better wages and benefits and an end to perverse CEO incentives and compensation." (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America
A popular narrative today is that we live in a country which is deeply divided. And the Democratic Party, we are told, is nearly as split as the nation itself. But chatter in the press and social media may overlook some fundamental points of agreement about changes we need to make in our economy...
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People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed 17 people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 15, 2018
A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
“Childhood,” said the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, “is the kingdom where nobody dies.” In this country, childhood is something we no longer value. As of this writing, 17 people are dead at a high school in Broward County, Florida. The shooter used an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon. Its manufacturer’s...
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