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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The redistribution of wealth to the richest 1% over the past 45 years is hard to comprehend. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 21, 2020
How Hypocrites in High Places Have Contributed to the Riots in the Streets
A perception exists among much of White America that young Black men would rather loot a store than work a job. This perception serves a lot of wealthy people well, deflecting attention away from their own failures to support the needs of society. But it’s a dangerously twisted perception. People...
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"If today's companies were truly offering a fair return to the taxpayers who built their businesses, they'd be doing a lot more to ensure that all Americans have the means to support their families, writes Buchheit (Photo: a.mina/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, August 31, 2020
How Big Corporations are Draining the Life out of a Sick America
When Dr. Jonas Salk was asked about a patent on his polio vaccine in 1955, he said, "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" When Gilead Sciences recently developed an anti-Covid drug for about $12 per treatment, they set the price at $3,200. As Republicans and business leaders decry the...
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Monday, August 17, 2020
What to Know When Someone Blames Black People for All the Riots
It's easy for lazy thinkers to gloss over the deep-seated reasons for the anger and violence of downtrodden people. Recent lootings of upscale shops on Chicago's Magnificent Mile brought out waves of disgust for the 'thugs' who were said to care little for human values. But an honest review of the...
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A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 03, 2020
Comparing Poverty in India and America May Surprise You
The Covid-19 pandemic threatens to impoverish millions of people around the world, in both developing and advanced countries. But many Americans refuse to allow their nation to be compared to a developing country . Their poverty definitions are simplistic, based on globally calculated "dollars per...
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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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