Trump’s Terrifying Pitch: It Was Better Than You Think

It's Demagoguery 101: Terrify, then reassure. Threaten people with destruction, then reassure them with the warm embrace of your fatherly arms. It’s what kidnappers do to instill Stockholm syndrome in their prisoners. Trump’s good at it.
Richard Eskow
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Clinton Must Go Bold – and Go Left – For VP

Reports say Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday, and rumors that she’s going with a “safe” pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, "safety" could put her candidacy in serious danger.
Richard Eskow
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Trump 2016: The Three Shadows Haunting Cleveland

When Donald Trump’s Republican Party convenes in Cleveland, three shadows will haunt the arena. If you look carefully, you're sure to see them. If you’re not afraid, you don’t know your history.
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Eric Holder’s Justice

Matt Taibbi called Eric Holder a "double agent" for Wall Street, but it's doubtful that he sees himself that way. Few of us think of ourselves as bad people. But then, how does the former attorney general justify his behavior to himself?
Richard Eskow

Don’t Stop the Revolution: The Sanders Movement After Orlando

Bernie Sanders’ "political revolution" scored impressive wins in the Democratic Party’s draft platform, which ABC News calls “exceptionally progressive." This new movement has already had a major impact, with more battles to come.
Richard Eskow

Inequality’s Getting Worse. How Do We End This?

At the start of the Independence Day weekend, we learned that income inequality in this country became even worse last year. Economic inequality produces scars that last a lifetime – and even longer. We must act.
Richard Eskow

Dear Tony Blair: It’s Not the Pitch, It’s the Product.

Although Tony Blair laments the failure of the “political center,” the Brexit vote didn’t happen because he and his colleagues failed. It happened because they succeeded. Voters don't like the effects on either side of the Atlantic.
Richard Eskow

Brexit and the New Global Rebellion

The neoliberal order that has dominated the world's economy is now in danger. That's not necessarily a bad thing, by any means. But poisonous weeds are just as likely as green shoots to grow up through those cracks.
Richard Eskow

The 13 Democrats Who Just Did Wall Street’s Dirty Work

Meet the "Hedge Fund 13," the House Democrats who joined Republicans in voting to protect private equity and hedge funds from regulatory oversight. Votes like this one should have consequences.
Richard Eskow

The People’s Summit: A Talk with Thom Hartmann [Video]

This past weekend I spoke at "The People's Summit," a gathering dedicated to building a longstanding movement out of the momentum of the Bernie Sanders campaign. I discussed it with Thom Hartmann.
Richard Eskow

For Nine Souls in Charleston, One Year Later

We live on. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, we live on in memory. So let's start by remembering each of them by name, the nine kind souls who welcomed a stranger into their midst one year ago.
Richard Eskow

Would You Trust Henry Kissinger with Your Social Security?

The Peterson Foundation has added Henry Kissinger to a list of defense experts who declare that the federal debt is the "single biggest threat to our national security." But consider Kissinger's own threats to our global well-being.
Richard Eskow

Muhammad Ali Speaks to the Activist Soul

Ali's occupation was inseparable from his aspirations, his spiritual ideals inseparable from his worldly activities. That's an important lesson for any historical moment, and for this moment more than most.
Richard Eskow

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about the "dying" middle class. It's dying, but not from natural causes. It's being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible?
Richard Eskow

Too Big to Fail, Too Dangerous to Ignore

Instead of moving forward with breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, we're having a debate over whether "too big to fail" is even a thing. If the debate seems complicated, maybe some people want it that way. But it's not.
Richard Eskow

Wall Street’s Fraud of the Week Club

$5.1 billion with Goldman Sachs, $1.2 billion with Wells Fargo – how many settlements will it take to convince some fact-resistant pundits and politicians that there is an epidemic of fraud on Wall Street?
Richard Eskow

Video Interview: Steve Phillips, “Brown is the New White”

Are the Democrats doing enough to register the voters of the "New American Majority," bring them to the polls, and win their support once they're there? We spoke with Steve Phillips about his new book, "Brown is the New White."
Richard Eskow

The Penalty for Poverty Should Not Be Death

The Brookings Institution recently issued a report showing that poor Americans die at a much earlier age than rich Americans, and that this life expectancy gap between rich and poor is growing rapidly.
Richard Eskow

Five Reasons Glass-Steagall Matters

What does a banking law passed 75 years ago and repealed 16 years ago have to do with the 21st century economy? As it turns out, a lot – and thus it became a major issue in Saturday's Democratic presidential debate.
Richard Eskow

The “New Democrats” Confront a New Reality

Once again, Third Way and its allies are misreading the economic and political moment. If their influence continues to wane, perhaps one day Americans can stop paying the price for their ill-conceived agenda.
Richard Eskow

How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A new International Monetary Fund study shows that a reinvigorated labor movement is essential to a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention – and should inspire concerted action.
Richard Eskow

“Sowers of Change”: The Pope Arrives At a Critical Moment

Pope Francis' itinerary seems to suit his message: political institutions must respond to the needs of the people, the economy should be a tool for human betterment, and it's possible for us to remake society.
Richard Eskow

The GOP Debate is What Oligarchy Looks Like

Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
Richard Eskow

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

The GOP isn’t openly presenting itself as the anti-elderly party. But its leading presidential candidates are pushing cuts to Social Security, and its budgets would end Medicare as we know it.
Richard Eskow

Is Jeb’s Social Security Flub The Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

The former Florida governor has been running on a platform that includes cutting Social Security benefits, so he’s been talking about raising the retirement age. But he doesn't even know what the retirement age is.
Richard Eskow

In Search of the Democratic Soul

The best way to find the soul of the Democratic Part is by seeking out the small-d “democratic” soul instead – that voice of the majority that so often goes unheard in today’s money-driven politics.
Richard Eskow

The Populist Agenda: The Fight for a Just Society

The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
Richard Eskow
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