Absolute Zero: A Newsletter from Richard (RJ) Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow
Policy, politics, economics, civilizational crises, and more.
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  • Merry Everything and May It All Bring You Joy
    25 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 0
    There are, at least for me, times when I am in ‘output’ mode and times when I’m in ‘input’ mode. This holiday, it’s more of the latter. Other holidays found me in more of an ‘output’ mode, so I’ve dis...
  • Death of a Torture Victim
    25 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    First published on the Huffington Post, December 2006. The citizens of the homeland didn't hear about it when he died, and many of them wouldn't have cared. They should be grateful we're occupying the...
  • Cousin Jesus
    25 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    First published Easter, 2006. The science of genetics tells us that, strange as it may sound, most of us are related to anyone that was alive anywhere on Earth two thousand years ago. There's no evide...
  • Occupy Christmas
    25 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    First published in the Huffington Post, November 23 2011. It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God or which faith you follow if you do. Here's a question worth asking this holiday season: W...
  • Covid-19: The Monstrosity of the Normal
    07 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    As of this writing, 5.2 million people[1] have died of Covid-19. Many, if not most, of these deaths could have been prevented if the formulae for vaccines had been released to developing nations so th...
  • Jacobin’s Sunkara: How Do We Build a Working-Class Politics?
    29 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I recently spoke with Jacobin magazine’s editor and publisher, Bhaskar Sunkara, about the magazine’s recent survey of American workers. The poll, conducted with the YouGov polling organization and the...
  • Chris Hedges on "Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison"
    11 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    Hedges and Eskow on The Zero Hour. The US criminal justice system imprisons nearly 2.3 million people. They are confined in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facili...
  • American Ozymandias: Part 1, The Obama Center in Chicago
    08 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    Many people remember Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias from their student days. Others discovered it in the Breaking Bad episode of the same name. The famously anti-imperialist work tells the story of a...
  • Corporate So-Called "Centrists" Lost These Democratic Races, But They'll Never Admit It
    03 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 5 1
    Terry McAuliffe re-ran Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2021, but the Virginia voters who went for Clinton in 2016 weren’t buying it this time around. McAuliffe’s attempt to make the electio...
  • Can We Really Call It “the American Empire”?
    02 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Some political and media insiders think the phrase “American empire” is rhetorical overkill. They think anyone who uses it is radical, naïve, or – even worse – an idealist. Others dislike it because t...
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