Authors Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton discussed their book, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. This disturbing and eye-opening book is among the first to unearth a shocking increase in what are known as “deaths of despair”—including suicides, drug overdoses, and alcoholism—among middle-aged white Americans.
These findings are at the heart of their book, in which they describe some of the key reasons for the phenomenon, including corporate greed run amok, wealth inequality, and a health care system that has become “a cancer at the heart of the economy.” While the picture they paint is bleak, the authors provide steps that can be taken to make sure capitalism will “serve people and not have people serve it.”
What: A book discussion and Q&A on Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism
When: Monday, May 4
Where: Zoom webinar, Youtube live steam