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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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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Monday, January 07, 2019
By the Best Definition, the Poverty Rate Should Be Tripled
Poverty should not be defined simply by the number of dollars that an American can scrape together each year. But poverty deniers won't look deeper, because they don't want to admit that anyone willing to work could be suffering in the richest country in the world. It's easier to blame the poverty-...
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Skipping out on tax obligations will start right away, as over 99.8 percent of estates are not currently required to pay any estate tax. (Photo: Common Dreams) Views
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Inequality to Be Suffered by Our Children
The Inequality to be Suffered by Our Children The fortunate ones will not be suffering. In the past eight years, the richest 5% of Americans have increased their wealth by $30 trillion -- almost a third of total U.S. wealth -- while the poorest 50% have seen their average wealth drop from $11,500...
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Monday, November 26, 2018
Facts That Privileged Americans Don't Want Us to Know
Many of us are ill-informed about certain critical economic and social issues. The following facts should have been reported by the mainstream media, but unfortunately most of that media is controlled by the very people who have reason to hide the facts. Tax Haven Cheating is Much Costlier than the...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America
A White House report recently proclaimed that the "War on Poverty is largely over and a success." United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said it was "ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America." Well-positioned Americans must talk like this, of course, because admitting the...
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Monday, October 22, 2018
An Arena Full of the Richest Americans Would Own as Much Wealth as 70% of the World
That's 25,000 American adults, about the number of people in a large basketball stadium . That's the richest .01% of America. Together they own nearly $10 trillion , which is approximately the total wealth owned by the 3.5 billion adults who make up 70% of the entire adult world. Data is taken from...
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Business-minded conservatives are trying to make it harder for these most vulnerable of Americans to survive. (Photo: Pinterest/Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Capitalist Manifesto: Let Poor People Die
The original Capitalist Manifesto was a 1958 book by economist Louis O. Kelso and philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. In their view of a properly conducted democratic capitalist society, a sort of modern-day Homestead Act was envisioned, in which all Americans would participate in the "capitalist...
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Monday, September 03, 2018
What Just Happened? $30 Trillion to the Richest White Americans Since 2008
Thirty trillion dollars. That's nearly a third of ALL our current wealth, newly created and distributed to the richest 10%, who are mostly white millionaires. These fortunate takers profited mainly from the stock market, which has more than tripled in value since the end of 2008. The Stunning...
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Part of the definition of poverty is "the state of being inferior in quality." (Photo: Poor People's Campaign) Views
Monday, July 02, 2018
An Update for 2018: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty
Deniers like Nikki Haley refuse to admit that mass poverty exists in their prosperous nation. That would reflect poorly on their capitalist beliefs. But if the skeptics would look at the half of America they don't care to see, the stark display of destitution might shock them. At least until they...
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"In addition to the meager pay, most have no benefits, no job security, no government regulations backing them, and usually a longer work day, with many young people putting in 10- to 12-hour days for $13 per hour or less." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 18, 2018
The "Jobs for Everyone" Fantasy
"The more robots we add to our fulfillment centers, the more jobs we are creating." — Tye Brady , Amazon's Chief Technologist That's just one outlandish example of the job-related hyperbole we've been subjected to. We keep hearing about the low unemployment rate and the "booming" economy . "...
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