Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Capitalism kills

And above all, it kills the poor. And American capitalism is the most deadly variety, as an article in the latest issue of Harvard Magazine illustrates. Some excerpts:
Between 1983 and 1999, men’s life expectancy decreased in more than 50 U.S. counties...For women, the news was even worse: life expectancy decreased in more than 900 counties—more than a quarter of the total. This means 4 percent of American men and 19 percent of American women can expect their lives to be shorter than or, at best, the same length as those of people in their home counties two decades ago.

The United States no longer boasts anywhere near the world’s longest life expectancy. It doesn’t even make the top 40.

Disparities in health tend to fall along income lines everywhere: the poor generally get sicker and die sooner than the rich. But in the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor is far wider than in most other developed democracies, and it is getting wider.

Why stop here? There's more...

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