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Anne Case and Angus Deaton

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

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Fri 26 June 2020

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Anne Case and Angus Deaton

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Image showing Anne Case and Angus Deaton
Fri 26 June 2020,

Crowdcast

Read the transcript: Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair

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Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for three years in a row — a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year — and they’re still rising. Anne Case and Angus Deaton, known for first sounding the alarm about deaths of despair, explain the overwhelming surge in these deaths and shed light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. They demonstrate why, for those who used to prosper in America, capitalism is no longer delivering.

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism paints a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline. For the white working class, today’s America has become a land of broken families and few prospects. As the college educated become healthier and wealthier, adults without a degree are literally dying from pain and despair. In this critically important book, Case and Deaton tie the crisis to the weakening position of labour, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious healthcare sector that redistributes working-class wages into the pockets of the wealthy. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America.

Thanks to Princeton University Press for their support for this event. If you would like to purchase a copy of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism – which Financial Times called  a book ‘of the highest importance’ – these are available online from our partners Waterstones or order in Waterstones Bristol.

Trigger warning: this event will include some discussion of suicide. If you have been affected, or are made to fee upset by any of the issues raised in this event, there is a list of support organisations at the bottom of this page who may be able to provide help and advice.

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Whatever you’re going through, you can call them any time, from any phone for FREE on 116 123. For further contact information see the website: http://www.samaritans.org/
Frank is a supportive resource which offers a point of contact for confidential information on drug addiction, and step-by-step advice for worried friends and family. Helpline: 0300 1236600 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) Website: http://www.talktofrank.com/
Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).
We Are With You provides free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health. Website: https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/   This isn’t a crisis service. If you need urgent help, you can: • Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment; • Call NHS 111; • Contact your mental health crisis team (if you have one); • Call Samaritans free on 116 123 or email http://jo@samaritans.org/

 

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