Keith Ellison and the Worker-Led Wage Wave [Video]

The real story about income inequality is what progressive activists are doing about it, says the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The latest wave of action will confront "wage theft."
Richard Eskow
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Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors

How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Richard Eskow
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Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

Activists huddled over coffee to plot new ways of defeating metaphorical “snakes” while other attendees networked over drinks as they sought to climb career ladders.
Richard Eskow
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Disabled Americans: Pawns in a Larger Social Security Game?

Republicans are raising alarms about Social Security’s disability trust fund. But a staff member for one senator admits seeking to use the issue "to catalyze a broader discussion" about cutting Social Security benefits.
Richard Eskow
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The President Sounds a Wall Street Warning. And Then … ?

It was good to hear President Obama say that reining in Wall Street’s high-risk behavior is an “unfinished piece of business.” It would be even better if this observation were quickly followed by action.
Richard Eskow
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Revolutionary Independence

Why is July 4 our Independence Day? Because independence begins with an insight, a realization so powerful that it allows us to achieve the seemingly impossible – like defeating an empire.
Richard Eskow
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The GDP Fiasco: It’s Been One Snafu After Another

This was the worst quarter for the GDP since the peak of the Great Recession. The American people might be forgiven for doubting the experts and leaders who should be counted on to make responsible decisions.
Richard Eskow
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The Real Piketty Scandal (Is Right-Wing Deception)

The Right wasted no time seizing the opportunity the Financial Times gave them to discredit Thomas Piketty's book on wealth inequality, but felt no responsibility to amend their words when new information came to light.
Richard Eskow
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The Pillow Book of Tim Geithner

"The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon" is considered an invaluable record of a pampered and long-vanished Japanese imperial court. Someday we may look at former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's memoir "Stress Test" the same way.
Richard Eskow
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Did Washington Rescue the Wrong Economy?

Two economists make a convincing case that the 2009 recession wouldn't have been any more harmful than previous ones if financial decision-makers had rescued homeowners, rather than only concentrating on bankers.
Richard Eskow
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What Does Hillary Believe? Populists Want to Know.

The Democratic Party risks being sidelined from the debate being sparked by the New Populist uprising, paralyzed by the Sphinx-like silence of its presumptive 2016 nominee – and her husband's rhetorical war on populism.
What Does Hillary Believe? Populists Want to Know.
Richard Eskow
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Look Out, Wall Street, the New Populism is Coming

Make no mistake about it: the public’s mood is distinctly populist. And much of that populist sentiment is directed toward the financial institutions that have so badly damaged our economy.
Richard Eskow
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Bill de Blasio Knows: Affordable Housing is a Civil Right

Instead of questioning the ambition of the New York City mayor's affordable-housing plan, we should be asking how we can justify calling ourselves an egalitarian society without many such programs.
Richard Eskow
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Who’s Fighting for Public Workers?

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. Those politicians seems to be in short supply.
Richard Eskow
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Piketty’s “Capital” Is A Hit. So What Comes Next?

In "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Thomas Piketty has brilliantly and eloquently analyzed the crisis of inequality that threatens the global economy. The question now is, what do we do about it?
Richard Eskow
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Welcome To Plutocrat-Geddon! Hail Our New Billionaire Overlords!

With the children of today’s baby boomers scheduled to inherit $30 trillion in the next several decades, politicians and the press are hard at work flattering plutocrats of all ages by portraying them as paragons of wisdom.
Richard Eskow
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Citi to Help Unemployed Youth? Oh, The Irony!

If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Richard Eskow
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Is Charles Koch “Un-American”? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

What one of the Koch brothers calls "character assassination" in a Wall Street Journal editorial, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts. So let's turn the question over to an unimpeachable authority.
Richard Eskow
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