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Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Culture, Economy, Work | 0 comments

Why “Deaths of Despair” Point to a Crisis for American Capitalism

Why “Deaths of Despair” Point to a Crisis for American Capitalism

  There may be no issue that bothers my conscience more in American public life than this one. Watch the video below. The Wall Street Journal reports: “Two Princeton economists are sounding off on what they consider to be warning signs of a crisis of American capitalism.Prof. Anne Case and Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton see increases in suicides and other “deaths of despair”—particularly among middle-aged, white Americans—as a sign that “something is not right,” with society.‘If we can only generate good lives for an elite that’s about a third of the population, then we have a real problem.’”   “In the video above, they argue that it’s not simply a function of economics. It’s a ‘failure of spiritual and social life that drives people to suicide,’ Mr. Deaton...

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Obsessed With Work – or Just Bored?: Bringing the Conversation About Work Across Acoma Street

Obsessed With Work – or Just Bored?: Bringing the Conversation About Work Across Acoma Street

  It’s well past 1pm. Across Acoma Street, I see a woman in her early 20s, baggy sweat pants and cigarette hanging out her mouth, tossing an empty Mountain Dew bottle in a dumpster that’s been parked in her driveway for months. She squints at the sun, as if it’s an unwelcome guest disturbing her slumber. Next door is a man, mid forties, sitting on his porch. Can of Coors Light in hand, he chats with his cat, as if expecting to hear a punch line to a joke. A broken beer bottle shimmers on his sidewalk. Of course, being the upper white middle class office dweller that I am, I type emails furiously at my computer, staring at them both, wondering why they aren’t working. But maybe I shouldn’t be so shocked. Some argue that our culture is obsessed with work. But is that really true? To be fair, yes, it’s true for a narrow slice of the population. The top 10% define themselves – find their deepest worth and value...

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