I Told You We Ape the Russians

from Paul Krugman's blog 15 March 2016

from Paul Krugman’s blog 15 March 2016

Since the Modern Era, however you choose to define it, it is normal for mortality to decline over time. The rate of death per hundred thousand may of course go up — particularly in times of conflict, spectacularly so in the two so-called “World Wars” — but, in times of peace, generally, the rate declines, if slowly and haltingly.

A fellow named Feldman was the first to alert the so-called “West” that the Soviet Union had a flat, if not rising, course of male rate of death for several decades, and that this had to precipitate severe social problems.  Within a decade there was a revolution, and the Soviet Union disintegrated.

The United States now duplicates the phenomenon, a couple of decades later.

UPDATE 22 April 2016:  The 30 March 2016 water-in-the-face incident, narrated in detail on This Blog, was anticipated at the national governmental level in (what used to be called) Little Russia; it seems the Prime Minister of Ukraine did the exact same thing some time ago to a prominent member of the Cabinet.

And with respect to the increasing mortality of US adult males,

From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population, with the pace of increase greater after 2006.

as one would expect as one mechanism producing the (I’m telling you, historically extraordinary) shorter lifespans for US residents.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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