Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit

screen_shot_2017-01-23_at_8.39.57_am.pngPaul Buchheit is an advocate for social and economic justice, and the author of numerous papers on economic inequality and cognitive science. He was recently named one of 300 Living Peace and Justice Leaders and Models. He is the author of "Disposable Americans: Extreme Capitalism and the Case for a Guaranteed Income" (2017). Contact email: paul (at) youdeservefacts.org.

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Volunteers speak with a woman while boxes of food for the needy from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida are being packed in her car during a drive through event at City of Destiny church. The demand for food continues in the Orlando, Florida area due to the large numbers of service workers and others who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Foreshadowing the Year 2021: Half of America Facing Poverty
There is something perverse about an economic system in which the stock market keeps climbing while people are dying. And in which 20 individuals can own as much wealth as the entire bottom half of the population. For the great majority of Americans without a share of the stock market, and for...
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Monday, July 06, 2020
The Protests We Should Be Having to Make the Super-Rich Very Afraid
600 Americans , enough to fill a high school auditorium, own as much as a full 60% of Americans, or 200 million people. About half of the billionaire wealth has accumulated from passive stock market gains over the past ten years. Protests in the streets don't impact the people who have taken so...
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A recipient carries a box of food as others wait in line at a Food Bank distribution for those in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues on April 9, 2020 in Van Nuys, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 08, 2020
Four Numbers that Show America's Disdain for Its Most Vulnerable People
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have suffered "deaths of despair" from alcohol and drug abuse and suicides because they could no longer provide for their families. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, during a post-recession period when the economy and stock market were booming, the poorest 50% of...
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"Pharmaceutical companies view Covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity." (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Monday, April 27, 2020
No, We're Not All in This Together. How the Super-Rich Are Cheating America.
Media outlets keep telling us that we're all together in this pandemic. But we're not. The super-rich have separated themselves from the rest of us, with concierge medicine, private travel accommodations, isolated but well-stocked resort homes, and a variety of other advantages that allow them to...
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A Bernie Sanders supporter holds up a sign in support of Sanders' healthcare proposals at a February rally in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016. (Photo: Mark Dixon/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Four Numbers That Scream 'Vote for Bernie!'
By the numbers, Bernie Sanders is the 'centrist' candidate. The families all the way up to the very center of America have actually lost wealth since the recession. The families from the center to the 90th percentile have seen their share of national wealth drop dramatically. This 90% of America...
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Ross Saveri, 22, clutches a "TRUMP PENCE 2020" placard, while joining fellow Donald Trump supporters demonstrating outside of a FOX News Town Hall with Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at SteelStacks on April 15, 2019 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Sanders is running for president in a crowded field of Democrat contenders. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 13, 2019
3 Dark and Disturbing Reasons Why Trump Could Win Again
It seems absurd to believe that America could make the same mistake again, to elect an ignorant and vulgar narcissist to the most powerful position in the world. But we can't underestimate the ability of the self-serving super-rich to convince millions of Americans that a surging stock market and a...
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Monday, March 11, 2019
The Big Cheat of 2018: Corporations Make Billions in Profits, Demand Tax Refunds from the American Public
Many of our country's largest corporations make billions of dollars in income, use deferrals and write-offs and credits to underpay their current tax bills by staggering amounts, and in some cases claim foreign profits and U.S. losses despite having much of their sales and assets in the United...
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Monday, February 18, 2019
How a Failing Capitalist System Is Allowing Amazon to Cripple America
Capitalism is failing in America, and Amazon is both the cause and beneficiary of much of the breakdown. Jeff Bezos said , "We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient." He might have...
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As Michael Dell explained, "I feel much more comfortable with our ability as a private foundation to allocate those funds than I do giving them to the government." That's as arrogant as it gets. (Photo: Flickr) Views
Monday, February 04, 2019
Three Reasons Why the Super-Rich Should Embrace a 70% Tax Rate
Senator Lindsey Graham once said , "It's really American to avoid paying taxes...It's a game we play." There are many good reasons why Americans should be paying those taxes, and why there should be even higher taxes on the richest individuals and corporations. Of course, these arguments have...
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Jeff Bezos built his business with the extraordinary advantage of minimally-taxed sales on Amazon to offer discounts while undercutting competitors, pushing many of them out of business. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 21, 2019
Capitalist-Style Wealth Gap: 1 Tech Guy = 1,000,000 Teachers
As of 01/20/19, the richest six American tech leaders (Bezos, Gates, Zuckerberg, Ellison, Page, Brin) averaged over $80 billion in net worth. Meanwhile, the 25 million Americans just above the median, many of them teachers , have an average net worth of $78 thousand . That's a difference of a...
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