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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Now, financial interests are using this tragedy to exploit Puerto Rico even further. As Kate Aronoff, Angel Manuel Soto, and Averie Timm report in The Intercept, they are attempting to use PROMESA to accelerate the sell-off of Puerto Rico’s shared resources to private hands. Views
Friday, October 13, 2017
After The Storm, It’s Labor vs. Finance for the Future of Puerto Rico
Two opposing forces are fighting to reshape Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, is trying to tighten its grip on the island. Meanwhile, organized labor is working to rebuild the island – and to rebuild its own ranks in the process...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New
The once-proud political project known as “centrism” is collapsing around the globe, despite increasingly desperate attempts by billionaire backers to revive it. The center-right’s implosion can be seen in the weakened state of Theresa May’s Conservatives in Great Britain, the recent setback for...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Can Centrism Be a Movement? The Answer May Surprise You
Astronomers tell us the stars we see in the night sky died many millennia ago. Their light has spent eons crossing the emptiness of space. To us, they still seem to glitter and shine, but were extinguished long ago. Last week, the Washington Post ran an op-ed about the political framework known as...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Medicare For All Can Reshape the ‘Art of the Possible’
Bernie Sanders unveiled his Medicare for All bill this week, and 16 Democratic senators signed on as cosponsors. The last time he introduced a bill like it, not one senator was willing to join him. They considered the idea impossible, utopian. Times have changed. The senators who shared a podium...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
What Matters Is What Happens Next, Not ‘What Happened’
Remember when Bill Clinton used this Fleetwood Mac nugget as a theme in his 1992 campaign? Today, as Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir goes on sale, the Democratic Party Clinton and his fellow “centrists” remade in their image seems unable to stop thinking about yesterday. Can the Democratic Party...
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It’s disaster capitalism, straight out of Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine: every catastrophe is an opportunity to consolidate wealth and power for the elites, and undermine the public institutions that serve the majority. Views
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Disaster Recovery Should Heal, Not Divide, Our Communities
Houston has barely begun to recover from Hurricane Harvey, as Irma devastates the Caribbean and heads towards Puerto Rico and Florida. Its hard to imagine all the grief, effort, and cost it will take to rebuild from one of these thousand-year storms, much less two. But we better get used to it...
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Your husband hasn’t “given” anything to the economy. He and his fellow bankers nearly crashed the global economy, in fact, and the recession they caused has robbed the U.S. economy of trillions of dollars. Views
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity
Dear Ms. Linton, This has undoubtedly been a difficult couple of days for you, both as a person and as the wife of the United States Treasury Secretary. Nobody enjoys the sudden onrush of hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral , and not in a good way. Your public record...
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‘Many sides’? There are only two sides here: Right and wrong. Murderer and victim. Hatred and love. In the clutch, when it really mattered, the president of the United States refused to pick a side. But we can. We can lay down our lives, one by one if necessary, until we have won. Views
Monday, August 14, 2017
Trump Won’t Say It, But We Will: White Terror in Charlottesville
Her name was Heather Heyer . She was marching for justice in Charlottesville when she was killed by a white racist. Say her name. His name was Timothy Caughman . He was walking down the street in New York City when he was killed by a white racist. Say his name. Their names were Ricky John Best and...
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"The people gave FANG its enormous wealth and power; it now has the ability to make or break careers and companies. These corporations should be regulated like public utilities."(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
This is a story about property: real and imagined, legitimate and illegitimate. It’s a story about who gets to decide who can own what, and whom. It’s a story of reality, both physical and virtual. It’s a story that begins with humans in chains, moves through Disney’s desire to make a theme park...
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“Social Security reform,” “Medicare reform,” “tax reform” – when Republicans say they want to “reform” something, the only thing you can be sure of is that the wealthy will benefit and everyone else will suffer." Views
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Kochs and Trump Team Up to Cut Billionaires’ Taxes
This headline appeared on Monday, July 31, 2017, at precisely 4:00 am: “ Koch Brothers Move to Back White House’s Tax-Cut Plan .” This one appeared less than twelve hours later: “ White House sees tax reform zipping through Congress in October, November .” That’s what you get when you combine the...
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