Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street.

It would be a grave mistake, for the planet and for ourselves, to overlook Sunday's Flood Wall Street rally, which will target the role of global capitalism in our environmental crisis.
Richard Eskow
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To Win This November, Democrats Need the Minimum-Wage Movement

With the midterm elections only two months away, the Democratic Party’s prospects seem doubtful. The party needs a spark, a fire, a source of inspiration. An embrace of the minimum wage could be exactly what it needs.
Richard Eskow
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Robert Borosage on Unions and the Middle Class [Audio]

Labor Day was last weekend. For the occasion we interviewed our own Robert Borosage on The Zero Hour radio program regarding his piece entitled "Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers."
Richard Eskow
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Looks Like Burger King’s Subjects Are Royally Pissed Off

Tolstoy wrote that "kings are the slaves of history." Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side.
Richard Eskow
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Obamacare’s “Secret Trick” Could Cure CEO Pay Excesses

In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Richard Eskow
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A Stock-Market Milestone is Reached, But Who Cares?

Monday morning the S&P 500 composite index briefly passed the 2,000 mark. But out beyond Washington and Wall Street and the Hamptons, out in the world where most Americans live, things aren’t quite as rosy.
Richard Eskow
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Robots Are People, Too

Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
Richard Eskow
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JPMorgan Chase’s $13 Billion Shadow

There is one conclusion to be drawn from the settlement’s otherwise vague “statement”: bankers at JPMorgan Chase engaged in widespread fraud, and in all likelihood they will never pay for their crimes.
Richard Eskow
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Happy Birthday, Social Security – But Stay Away From That Cake!

August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
Richard Eskow
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How Big Is a $16 Billion Bank Fraud Settlement, Really?

The numbers that accompany these deal announcements always seem impressive. Compared to the wealth that bank fraud has taken from American households, these settlements are a drop in the ocean.
Richard Eskow
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Tom Friedman, Globalization’s Man in Madagascar

Thomas Friedman recently filed an editorial from, and about, Madagascar. In a new piece for Salon, we point out the flaws in his thinking – flaws that mirror his shortsighted […]
Richard Eskow
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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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