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Why the Rich Don't Care About Jobs for the Rest of Us


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Why the Rich Don't Care About Jobs for the Rest of Us

Paul Buchheit

Many of us wonder what possible reason could exist for the failure to invest in American infrastructure, to create millions of jobs as a result, and to help everyone in the long run. Analysis reveals personality traits and beliefs and misconceptions that might account for such behavior. Here's a look inside the billion-dollar brain:

1. It's All About Me


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A revolution against narcissism???
Uh.....
No.
Benevolent despots are still despots.

We need more than a "nationwide public works program" and a minimum wage that still leaves half the households in this country dependent on aristocratic benevolence. We need to create...demand... fuller and more meaningful proletarian participation in local, regional and national economic and political policy: Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

Buchheit is quick to reference Saez, Piketty, Stantcheva, but conveniently ignores the science of Gilens and Page that proves, in the neoliberal era, "economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence." That failure of representative democracy in the US demands substantive structural change that goes beyond what currently drives the "billion-dollar brain."

Tokenism is not change. Reformism is not revolution.


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Royalist entitlement was is and always will be a problem. Until we stamp our royalty by sky fairy or wealth, permanently.