Stories by Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit teaches economic inequality at DePaul University. He is the founder and developer of the Web sites, and, and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached at subscribe to Paul Buchheit's feed

Posted on: Dec 8, 2014, Source: Buzzflash at TruthOut

The golden door on the Statue of Liberty seems to have an invisible hand holding it shut.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Perhaps delusion helps privileged people rationalize their greed.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

American wealth has been sucked away from the middle to a greater extent than in any major country except Russia.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Meanwhile, there is a solution so that the wealthy can pay their fair share.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Is it really true that taxing the wealthy will prevent job creation?

Posted on: Oct 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's infuriating.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some of the comments are so outlandish that it's hard to believe they actually said them.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Any of the ten richest Americans could pay a year's rent for all of America's homeless with their 2012 income.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We've got to abandon our winner-take-all philosophy and provide job opportunities for people who want to contribute to society.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It may be the ugliest extreme of inequality in our country.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements"—let's put things into perspective.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Capitalism is expanding like a tumor in the body of American society, spreading further into vital areas of human need like health and education.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Younger Americans have shrinking opportunities to enter the workforce.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

American workers are being cheated out of the retirement they've paid for all their lives.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The richest 1% have gained at least $6.1 trillion in the past five years.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Some of what they say is almost too outlandish to believe they actually said it.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There's no limit to corporations' ability to draw profit while screwing over Americans.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The financial industry has, in effect, created a whole new share of global wealth and redistributed much of it to itself.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Congress' response to all this? They would like SNAP and Social Security recipients to go find a job.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

In 2012, David and Charles Koch made enough money in one second to pay the food bill for an entire year for a homeless woman named Beverly.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Apparently working together as a community is anti-American 'Communism' now.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The profit motives of this system offer little incentive to feed the hungry, treat the sick, secure us in retirement or provide job opportunities.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

This small group of takers is giving up on the country that made it possible for them to build huge fortunes.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Even for Congress.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Public beats private in almost every way.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Washington was just the first of many, many presidents who believed it was America's role to tell others how to live.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The American middle class is broken, and poverty is spreading.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet

This system is tearing our once-great society to shreds.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Robert Reich recently noted that people without arguments often resort to personal attacks. They also resort to pleasant-sounding nonsense.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Americans are led to believe in a terrorist threat that may or may not exist while the corporate/military/political complex creates 'terror' to safeguard the assets of the rich.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Are political and corporate leaders even remotely aware of the conditions of society beneath the wealthiest 10% or so?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The filthiest fact is that Congress wants to cut the food benefit to hungry Americans, almost half of them children, so that money can keep flowing to the top.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Scary because he refers to himself with words like 'integrity' and 'principles' while saying "I want my fair share - and that's all of it."

Posted on: Aug 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Congress has not only made the job search more difficult for average Americans, but has also impeded the process.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2013, Source:

A little analysis reveals that privatization doesn't seem to work in any of the areas vital to the American public.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2013, Source: AlterNet

All three companies pay the majority of their employees poverty-level wages.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The financial speculation industry has devastated middle-class wealth -- and there's a simple way to curb its power.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Committed capitalists fail to recognize that individual success is a result of collaborative effort.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Did you know that just 32 companies avoided enough in 2012 taxes to pay the ENTIRE 2013 federal education budget?

Posted on: Jun 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. is near the bottom of the developed world in median wealth, probably the best gauge for the economic strength of the middle class.