Economics/Class Relations

U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I

Life expectancy is one of the leading indicators of the quality of life that is experienced by any society. This is the effect of reproletarianization taking place.

By Lenny Bernstein

Washington Post

Life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2017, the government said Thursday in a bleak series of reports that showed a nation still in the grip of escalating drug and suicide crises.

The data continued the longest sustained decline in expected life span at birth in a century, an appalling performance not seen in the United States since 1915 through 1918. That four-year period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people in the United States and perhaps 50 million worldwide.

Public health and demographic experts reacted with alarm to the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual statistics, which are considered a reliable barometer of a society’s health. In most developed nations, life expectancy has marched steadily upward for decades.


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  1. Ew, a paywall.

    I would argue that life expectancy does NOT necessarily indicate quality of life. Rather, the opposite is too often true. While people are living longer, rates of chronic illness are increasing, alongside depression, anxiety, and suicide. Almost every elderly person I’ve ever met expressed a strong desire to die.

    Sorry, but I believe the “quality of life” is frequently sugarcoated by the media. Ever-increasing lifespans and unchecked population growth will reduce the value of every individual life. Somewhat similar to currency inflation. That said, the cycle of growth and decline is a perfectly normal process. No big deal.

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