Saturday, August 30, 2008


Time - On average, a black man living in Washington, D.C., does not live as long as a man in India, and he certainly doesn't live as long as a white man in his hometown. The reasons - just like the reasons that the Japanese and Swedes live longer than the Ukrainians, and why aborigines in Australia on average die 17 years earlier than non-aborigines - are almost entirely social, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

It may seem obvious, or even inevitable, that a poor person would live a shorter, sicker life than a rich one. But consider also that a "social gradient of health" exists even among the rich: the outlandishly wealthy live healthier and longer than the rich, who live better than the merely comfortable. In every country around the world, WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health found that the very best off had better health than people a few rungs below them on the socioeconomic ladder. "Even in Sweden" - a country with a strong history of social and economic equality - "if you look over the last 10 years, life expectancy has improved across the board. But it's improved more for people with high education than it has for people with low education," says Michael Marmot, chair of the Commission and a U.K.-based epidemiologist.


At August 31, 2008 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

murdering someone is definitely a shortening of their life

we know economic/material inequality murders

we have extreme inequality and accept it and applaud it

we are comfortable with unnecessary suffering and death

we are geno-sadists enamored of glossy magazines of the rich and famous

money = survival (food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine, education...)

lack of money (means to survive) = death

the working people (us and our families globewide) are producing enough wealth for every family on earth to have US$200,000 per year: plenty, and peace, for all, for the taking, as soon as a majority determines to do economic justice

nothing else is NOT subversive of freedom, liberty, fraternity, democracy, peace, happiness, safety, survival

these things are everyone's everything

human acquiescence to economic injustice (material inequality, overpayunderpay) = supporting autogenocide


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