“Stunning” Rise in Death Rate, Pain Levels for Middle-Aged, Less Educated Whites

Naked Capitalism has the article “Stunning” Rise in Death Rate, Pain Levels for Middle-Aged, Less Educated Whites.

One of the long standing patterns in economies showing economic growth is longer life spans, and falls are see[n] the result of severe distress and dislocation, as took place in the period right after the fall of the Soviet Union, when the expectancies of adult men fell by over seven years.

The US has just become the first country to approach this appalling record. A stark warning about the level of distress in America comes from an important study by Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel prize winner in economics, and his wife Anne Case.

Over the course of my career, I have seen the deterioration of the work place environment in terms of stress inflicted on even the best educated workers, let alone the ones with just high school diplomas or less. Based on my own observations, the result of this study seems almost inevitable.

For the strong anti-choice advocates, I have to wonder how “pro-life” they really are when they keep voting for politicians who keep advancing the redistribution of wealth from the middle-class to the rich. The middle-class is so stressed out by this shift that it is affecting their health.

From the oligarchs point of view, this seems to work out just fine. They don’t have to spend their money on expensive death panels, when the workers perform that duty for themselves and for free.

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