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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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.