Capitalism giveth life and capitalism taketh life away

Posted: 21 September 2012 in Uncategorized
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Life expectancy in the United States has been increasing. But not for everybody.

According to a new study,

We found that in 2008 US adult men and women with fewer than twelve years of education had life expectancies not much better than those of all adults in the 1950s and 1960s. When race and education are combined, the disparity is even more striking. In 2008 white US men and women with 16 years or more of schooling had life expectancies far greater than black Americans with fewer than 12 years of education—14.2 years more for white men than black men, and 10.3 years more for white women than black women. These gaps have widened over time and have led to at least two “Americas,” if not multiple others, in terms of life expectancy. . .

As the New York Times notes, white men lacking a high school diploma lost three years of life between 1990 and 2008, while white women without a high school diploma lost even more—5 years—during that same period.

Capitalism giveth life and, for many poor and working-class Americans, capitalism taketh life away.

Comments
  1. […] distributed on a non-random basis. As I’ve written about many different times (e.g., here, here, and here), there’s a gap in life expectancies between those at the bottom and top of […]

  2. […] unequally distributed on a non-random basis. As I’ve written about many different times (e.g., here, here, and here), there’s a gap in life expectancies between those at the bottom and top of the […]

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