The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

The repercussions of the latest Justice Department deal with felonious big banks were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. Our financial system is corrupt by design.
Richard Eskow
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The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever

The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
Richard Eskow
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Opportunity or Inequality? That’s No Choice At All.

We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
Richard Eskow
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After Baltimore: Soul Searching in Another America

Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Richard Eskow
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A “College” Closes, But Student Debt Lives On

Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
Richard Eskow
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The Surprise Issue of the 2016 Election?

Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
Richard Eskow
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The “Fight for $15″ and the Return of the Vanishing Worker

The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Richard Eskow
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Social Security: The Anti-Populist Empire Strikes Back

The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Richard Eskow
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Indiana Toll Road: Privatization’s Highway to Hell

The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
Richard Eskow
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Big-Bank Bad Guys Bully Democracy – And Blow It

They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Richard Eskow
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How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim

The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Richard Eskow
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Will Social Security Decide Maryland’s Senate Race?

It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
Richard Eskow
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Three Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Richard Eskow
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More Evidence ‘Centrist’ Solutions Can’t Save Us

The Institute for New Economic Thinking shows how without a dramatic shift in policy, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects.
Richard Eskow
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13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity – and Us

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
Richard Eskow
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Needed: A Bold Left to Challenge Government Downsizing

We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
Richard Eskow
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Budget Wars: Europe Has the Germans; We Have the GOP

This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
Richard Eskow
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On Tuesday, Will Obama Stand Up for Social Security?

Unexpectedly fierce Republican attacks on Social Security offer the president an opportunity to set the political tone for the next two years. During the State of the Union we'll see whether he seizes that opportunity.
Richard Eskow
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Populism Rises – And The ‘Center’ Strikes Back

There is no avoiding two harsh realities that “centrist” Democrats must now confront: They appear to be unexpectedly locked in a battle for control of their party, and their policies are unpopular.
Richard Eskow
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The Human Cost of the GOP’s Social Security Assault

Who bears the human cost of Republican hostility to this popular and vital program? Today it's the disabled. If they succeed, tomorrow it will be America's seniors. But we'll all pay, one way or another.
Richard Eskow
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Time to Get Real on Jobs, Wages and Growth

Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
Richard Eskow
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