All Hollowed Out

For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Susan Case and Angus Deaton. Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced large spikes in suicide and fatalities related to alcohol and drug abuse—spikes that were so large that, for whites aged 45 to 54, they overwhelmed the dependable modern trend of steadily improving life expectancy. While critics have challenged the magnitude and timing of the rise in middle-age deaths (particularly for men), they and the study’s authors alike seem to agree on some basic points: Problems of mental health and addiction have taken a terrible toll on whites in America—though seemingly not in other wealthy nations—and the least educated among them have fared the worst.

  • Millie_Woods

    The government needs to implement a program to help the women and minorities that are being impacted by all these white guys offing themselves.

    • More white guys should be jailed.

      • Millie_Woods

        That’s only fair.

  • Shebel

    Maybe White people just need some Respect from all the rest of you useless freeloaders that take Pride in being Parasites.

  • Katyn

    Look at how rich those people in the picture are. But two generations ago that was middle class and perfectly reasonable to aspire to with reasonable grit and hard work. And in the PRIVATE sector. It’s sad I even have to qualify that for the younger people. Those days are long gone.

  • Hard Little Machine

    When they’re gone western civilization will fail. I for one can’t wait for the screams and cannibalism.

  • David

    I love those american cars.

    • Shebel

      Back in the day— You had to actually pay money,up front– for a car.

      My first was a 1968 Buick Wildcat. It was a beast.

  • Justin St.Denis

    The Left’s immigrant baubles have cost us all over the last 40 plus years.

  • winniec

    In 1960, the US was 90% white. Today only 33% are white males. Will the ethnic cleansing of white males improve anything? The most desirable countries to live in happen to be those led by white males. Western culture is still the pinnacle of human history and it is not determined by race, but by the European values of critical thought and the Golden Rule.

  • disqusW6sf

    Sad stories. Good article. They aren’t uneducated. They can read the bible.