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Richard (RJ) Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard worked for AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations. He was also a public policy and finance/economics consultant, in the US and over 20 countries. Past clients include USAID, the World Bank, the State Department, the Harvard School of International Public Health, the Government of Hungary, as well as corporations and investors. He has experience in financial and numerical analysis (of benefit plans, financial risk, corporate investments), systems design, and management.
Richard has worked on long-range health policy and forecasting. His predictions are included in the recently-released Rough Guide To the Future in it's review of "the hopes, fears, and best prediction of fifty of the world's leading futurologists."
Richard is also a freelance writer and occasional radio host. He's a regular columnist for the science and culture blog 3 Quarks Daily and a Contributing Editor for Tricycle magazine.
SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 Bernie's Student Debt Plan Creates a Million More Jobs Than Warren's-She Should Embrace It
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both offered proposals to cancel student debt, a nearly $1.6 trillion burden on borrowers and a major drag on the economy. While both are aggressive attempts to address the student debt crisis, there is a major difference between the two plans: the Sanders plan is likely to create at least one million more jobs than Warren's, since it
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 1, 2017 The Republican Party's Sickness of the Soul
There's a sickness on the land. You know the facts: millions of Americans lives in poverty. The number of Americans in the workforce remains low. Wages are stagnating and inequality is growing. "Deaths of despair" from alcoholism, opioid overdose, and suicide are on the rise.
But it's not just the inequality, or the poverty, or the despair, that wounds us. It's the fact that so many Republican leaders and voters find ways
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 26, 2017 Of Budgets and Beatitudes: The Pope Meets the Donald
The Pope was polite enough to refrain from quoting Matthew 20:26 in today's meeting: "Whoever wants to be great among you must first be your servant "" But Francis did find ways to signal his dissatisfaction, starting with his facial expression.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 17, 2017 What Progressives Should Demand From the FBI
Many Americans are rightfully outraged at the firing of FBI Director James Comey, just as they were shocked at Comey's ability to influence political events. But what can we do about it?
A political movement should do more than just react to the day's events with outrage, although that's important. It should also offer the vision of a better world.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 1, 2017 Yes, Obama's $400,000 Speech is a Problem
What's to be done? The solution is already visible to all those who care to see: Run candidates who have no interest in flattering the ultra-wealthy or becoming wealthy themselves. Bernie Sanders is the most conspicuous example
SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 Romney Makes A Stealth Attack On Elderly Americans While His Money Spies On The Chinese
Question: What are the connecting threads between these two recent Mitt Romney news items -- the announcement that he's not enrolling in Medicare, and the revelation that Bain Capital helped him make money helping the Chinese government spy on its people?
Answer: They're both covert attacks on innocent civilians, and they're both based on Romney's own deceptions.
SHARE Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Social Security: A Tale Of Two Mitties
Contradictions be damned. Mitt soldiers on, his jaw firmly set and his head held high, marching resolutely in two directions at once. But the orders have been given and the stage has been set. We know where he'll really lead us if the two Mitts are elected President: He -- or they -- will cut Social Security and Medicare.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2012 For a Sane Economy in 2012, How About a Little Shame?
Shame isn't always a wasted or negative emotion. On the contrary, it can perform an important and socially useful function. Shame enforces our moral values even when legal and political institutions are too broken or corrupt to do so. Our society must learn to develop a "moral economics," and morality is often enforced through shame.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 18, 2011 Privatizing Liberty
Privatized police. Privatized fire departments. Privatized prisons. Privatized armies of Halliburton and Blackwater soldiers. When for-profit companies perform government functions, they'll do it in a way that makes them money. Why? Because they've privatized their consciences, too.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 12, 2011 Super Collusion: Will Obama and Capitol Dems Betray the Middle Class, Seniors and the Poor?
The President and Congressional Democrats are about to betray everything Democrats once stood for. It's a terrible mistake to ask the Americans who were wounded most by deficit-causing behavior to carry so much of the cost of fixing it. And to propose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid simply to preserve low tax rates for the wealthy is nothing less than a moral obscenity.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Why Not Hire the Young to Build Their Own Future?
The unemployment situation seems unrelentingly grim for young Americans.It's time to treat young Americans decently. And when we do, the money they receive will be pumped back into the economy to benefit the rest of us, too. We'll be building a better future for our kids, giving them a country worth living in, and improving today's economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2011 When a Socialist Speaks for Most Republicans, Who Speaks for You?
The vast majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, are going unheard in this debate. This may be one of those moments when a reminder from a constituent... or a flood of them... is the only thing that can make our representative democracy act a little more representative.