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Richard (RJ) Eskow
Writer. Host/Managing Editor, The Zero Hour radio and TV program. Former Lead Writer, Bernie 2016. He, Him, Hey You.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 12h
Replying to @BlackRose96 @cenkuygur
Never!
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 12h
Replying to @cenkuygur
The buffalo is a highly respected, even revered, animal. How come I never get to be the buffalo?
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 13h
We've been organizing around that issue. It's likely to be devastating.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 13h
Replying to @PJA9
I suggest you look at the stats before rendering your judgement. Also, I never said "mostly poor folks."
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Replying to @PJA9
No, it isn't means-tested. And, as I've explained, it mostly helps lower- and middle-income folks. It's like Social Security, which everyone who's paid into it receives regardless of income. If you don't want the rich to receive a free ride from govt programs, raise their taxes.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
I can only give you my answer to that: by building alternative media sources that are truthful and morally grounded, like my program. I call it "the media revolution we need so the political revolution can succeed." (Forgive the internal rhyme; I get carried away sometimes!)
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Replying to @PJA9
Lots of new ideas have triggered the idea that people would "laugh." Means-testing social programs is expensive and cumbersome, and rarely saves as much as it costs. Social Security, Medicare, public education, clean water, etc. -- not means-tested.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
I couldn't agree more. Don't follow candidates; build movements. We don't need another hero, as Tina Turner once wisely noted. We need a movement of them.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Clear thread on trade war w/China from ..
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
True. Good point.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
I'm a persuader by nature and vocation, Susan. I've never known a movement in history that persuaded people by blaming them. And I've known too many good people who've been lied to and manipulated. I'd rather convert them than judge them. But maybe that's just how I'm wired ...
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Replying to @PJA9
African-American communities carry the heaviest burden of student debt. Working-class people are more likely to borrow for college than the wealthy, and the percentage of high-income student debt holders is quite small.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
When I say it's "not as true as it sounds," I mean that there are circumstances where a vigilant population can avert dictatorship. I appreciate Staples' call for vigilance. But it's rarely as clear-cut as that statement makes it sound.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
When you're denied access to information, democracy is denied. When you're given the choice of two candidates, and neither supports a non-oligarchical democracy or policies that help working people, democracy is denied -- and the seeds of dictatorship are planted.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
It's an ahistorical viewpoint. Dictators have seized power by hijacking the military, and/or the media, and/or the economy. There's a little "blaming the victim" mentality going on here.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Replying to @JSCCounterPunch
We're not disagreeing. I'm talking about the people who insisted on running an historically unpopular and anti-left candidate against Trump, and who now blame everyone but themselves for Trump's election -- especially the left.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 14h
Cancel student debt.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 15h
He's a good writer, and I get what he's driving at, but this statement is not as true as it sounds.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 15h
Replying to @rjeskow
But, as a point of style, I -- like most left people -- don't normally use such hostile language online. This cursing is common among the "centrist Dems" who, when not vilely insulting real progressives, are stereotyping them as aggressive on social media.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow 15h
You could say the same to anyone who said, "Bernie's not electable" or "Let the superdelegates decide." They gave us Trump too.
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