Deaths of despair and the future of capitalism

Anne Case

introduced by Massimo Gaggi

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. Why, for those who used to prosper in America, is capitalism no longer delivering anything?

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