Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (,,, and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached at

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:00pm
How Rich Old White Men Are Taking the Lunch Money Away From Broken-Down Schools
Cuts to Head Start and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have taken food away from schoolchildren . The cuts are directly related to the dramatic dropoff in federal corporate tax revenue. Tax avoidance is just as bad at the state level, which is a much greater source of K-12 educational...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:45am
Profiting from America's Misery
The profit motive fogs the thinking of free-market advocates. The Economist gushes, "Take a bow, capitalism...the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalising markets to let poor people get richer." Forbes proclaims its belief in "the unmatched power of capitalism to improve human life...
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Some Numbers for the 'Entitlement' Bashers
Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich. The following annual numbers may help to put our country's expenses...
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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 7:00am
The Carnage of Capitalism
Capitalism is expanding like a tumor in the body of American society, spreading further into vital areas of human need like health and education. Milton Friedman said in 1980: "The free market system distributes the fruits of economic progress among all people." The father of the modern neoliberal...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Some Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don't Want to Hear
Three-quarters of conservative Americans say poor people have it easy . The degree of ignorance about poverty is stunning, even for people far removed from the realities of an average American lifestyle. Both oilman Charles Koch and Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim have suggested that we should...
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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 7:45am
How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans
Our country's wealthy white once-idealistic baby boomer generation has cheated those of you entering the working world. A small percentage of us have taken almost all the new wealth since the recession. Our Silicon Valley CEOs have placated you with overpriced technological toys that are the result...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:30am
Economic Lynching
On October 26, 1934 Claude Neal , a black man accused of murdering a young white woman in Jackson County, Florida, was dragged from his jail cell to be lynched. The event was rushed into the afternoon newspapers. When an unruly crowd of several thousand people gathered for the spectacle, the six...
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The business community smells profit margins as it continues to infiltrate the public education arena. (Photo: flickr / cc / Maryland GovPics) Views
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 5:45am
Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy businesspeople who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system...
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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 7:45am
Fomenting a Revolution: Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
Examples of extreme inequality are becoming easier to find. Progressive leaders have us thinking about revolution . If a revolution is to take place, Americans — especially young Americans— need to know the facts, and they need to know how they're getting cheated, and they need to get angry . The...
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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:15am
Toward the Total Paralysis of an Unequal Society
The severing of our society into a plutocracy and a peasantry is so far along that statistics almost cease to have meaning. But the facts have to be told, to help explain the sickening sense that we're becoming a nation without a middle class, paralyzed by the inequality deniers and excuse makers...
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