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Richard (RJ) Eskow
Richard (RJ) is a writer and editor with the Bernie 2016 campaign, a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America’s Future and the host of The Zero Hour, a weekly radio program. Richard is a former consultant, public policy advisor, and senior executive with work experience in the US and more than 20 foreign countries. His writings have appeared in a number of print and digital publications.

Entries by Richard (RJ) Eskow

5 Reasons Why Glass-Steagall Matters

(60) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:25 PM

The Glass-Steagall Act came up as a major point of disagreement between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during Saturday's Democratic presidential debate. The Act, which was originally enacted in 1933, separated risky trading and investment from traditional banking activities like business lending and consumer finance.

1933 -- Anthony Adverse and...

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The 'New Democrats' Meet the New Reality

(113) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Several recent news articles have suggested that, in the words of a Washington Post headline, "there's ... a big economic fight happening in the Democratic Party."

It's true. The corporate-friendly policies of the party's more conservative wing have fared poorly, both as policy and as politics, and as a...

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How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

(24) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:56 AM

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A new study from the International Monetary Fund concludes that unions reduce inequality and foster a healthier economy for everyone, mainly by preventing the wealthiest among us from keeping the fruits...

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Sanders vs. Clinton: Who Has the Best Plan for America's College Students?

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:45 PM

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The differences between the college financing plans offered by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are important - both for their impact on the middle class, and for what they tell us about...

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'Sowers of Change': The Pope Arrives at a Critical Moment

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:01 AM

Pope Francis' first visit to the United States begins with his arrival in Washington DC on Tuesday afternoon. From the nation's capital he goes to its economic capital, New York City, before concluding his trip with a visit to the nation's birthplace in Philadelphia.

That itinerary seems to suit the...

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In Troubled Times, the Federal Reserve Must Work for Everyone

(11) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 11:57 AM

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It's been a chaotic few days for the world's markets. Recent events do not paint the picture of a stable economy guided by rational minds. Instead, the world of global finance looks...

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80 Years Later, Republicans Are Still Fighting Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Some things never change. "The lash of the dictator will be felt," a Republican House member said in 1935 when Social Security was first proposed. "Social Security is the delinquent child of the left," a Fox News commentator said this week, "that grew up to be an evil...

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The GOP Debate: It's What Oligarchy Looks Like

(60) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:02 PM

In the run-up to the first Republican presidential debate, a flurry of news stories about the candidates offered glimpses of oligarchy in action. Consider:

  • Jeb Bush's largest Super PAC has already raised $103 million, most of it collected before he even officially declared that he was running for president....
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"Open Borders": A Gimmick, Not a Solution

(14) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:21 AM

Newsweek recently published an article by Daniel Bier with the headline "Bernie Sanders on Immigrants: Silly, Tribal and Economically Illiterate." The piece, when it is not distracting the reader with rather unimaginative vitriol (phrases like "lame socialist agenda" are hardly Pulitzer material), bases its argument on a trendy libertarian...

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The GOP's Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda

(423) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Few political advisors would suggest running on a platform of open hostility toward the elderly. Most families include an older person, after all, and everyone who lives long enough will become older themselves someday.

Seniors vote in greater numbers, too.

That may be why the GOP isn't openly presenting itself...

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Is Jeb's Social Security Flub the Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

(251) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:27 AM

George W. Bush: His policies brought untold harm, but at least his gaffes offered some occasional lighthearted moments. Now his brother Jeb may have outdone him in the faux pas department -- but there's nothing funny about it.

The former Florida governor has been running on a platform which includes...

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In Search of the Democratic Soul

(25) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:10 AM

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A Google search for the phrase "soul of the Democratic Party" yields thousands of hits, because the struggle for that soul has been a perennial subject of debate. I've probably used the...

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Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:12 AM

We live in a political era dominated by corporate cash, billionaire "beauty pageants," and a right-wing noise machine whose rhetorical phasers are permanently set to "stun." It's easy to lose track of ourselves when we're distracted from moment to moment by Fox News pinwheels and celebrity-driven media circuses.

But out...

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The Big Banks Are Corrupt -- and Getting Worse

(105) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 9:16 AM

The Justice Department's latest settlement with felonious big banks was announced this week, but the repercussions were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations.

That's not enough. We need to understand that our financial system is not merely corrupt in practice. It is corrupt by design - and...

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The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever

(130) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever in the party this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn't look like the friction will be going away any time soon.

President Obama has been escalating his war...

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Obama's Trade War Against Warren Wounds His Party -- and His Legacy

(103) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Well, this is awkward. A few days ago President Obama literally laughed off Sen. Elizabeth Warren's concern that his so-called "fast track" provision, which would limit Congressional power regarding trade deals for the next six years, endangers 2010's Dodd/Frank financial reforms.

"I'd have to be pretty stupid," to sign an...

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Opportunity or Inequality? That's No Choice at All

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:21 AM

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll recently asked, "Which concerns you more: the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country, or middle and working class Americans not being able to get ahead financially?"

If you understand how the economy works, that isn't just the...

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Social Security, Ten Years From Now

(212) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:08 AM

For the Huffington Post's 10th anniversary I was invited to predict what Social Security might look like 10 years from now. That future is filled with both possibility and shadowed by danger.

To understand exactly how rich those possibilities are, let's begin by looking back 10 years.

Dark Days

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Bring Back Free College and Cancel Debt for the 'In-Betweeners'

(18) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:17 PM

The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it.

-- John Adams, 1785

Momentum is building for an exciting "new" idea, one which is, in fact, far older than many people realize: Free higher education in the...

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After Baltimore: Soul Searching in Another America

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 9:59 PM

When asked about Baltimore last week, President Obama said this: "... if we think that we're just gonna send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise (in our inner cities), without as a nation and as a society saying what can we...

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