Here’s one of the reasons the younger generation is angry and/or despondent… pic.twitter.com/smGbyCc2qW— Michael Foster (@thisisfoster) August 15, 2023
Cost of living crisis is pushing people to the edge.— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) August 15, 2023
People feel trapped, and hopeless, not knowing what to do to get out of this situation.
Canada is broken ???
According to Peter Turchin, popular immiseration is one of leading forces that drives political instability by creating an updraft of populist discontent which is exploited by counter-elites. There is a grain of truth to the “worse is better” theory. When the material lives of the masses is steadily improving, elite consensus is high and the memory of a major war is strong, as it was in the Les Trente Glorieuses after World War II, the number of radicals in a population remains low. Sheer misery alone doesn’t make revolutions or civil wars. It is a necessary, but not sufficient factor though like oxygen is to fires.
A total of 49,449 Americans died by suicide in 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
This is a 2.6% increase from 48,183 in 2021 and the highest number ever recorded, according to provisional numbers released in a new report from the federal health agency. …
The suicide rate hit a record high in 2022.
I believe it because it struck someone close to me.
From 2011 to 2022, over half a million lives (539,810) were lost to suicide, with 2022 showing the highest number of deaths on record. Within this period, the adjusted suicide rate increased by 16%. Recognizing the mounting mental health crisis and demand for accessible crisis care, the federal government introduced a new crisis number, 988, available nationwide in July 2022. This easy to remember three-digit number connects callers who are suicidal or experiencing a mental health emergency to a crisis counselor at one of 200+ local crisis call centers. There, they may access crisis counseling, resources, referrals, and connections to other crisis services. Though suicide deaths slowed in 2019 and 2020, they began to increase again in 2021 and 2022, but the cause of this recent rise in suicides is unclear. …
In related news, Mehdi Hasan drew my attention to this.
As living conditions deteriorate in Joe Biden’s America and the ruling class makes these dramatic, sweeping moves like indicting and arresting Donald Trump, the number of people who are open to political violence has increased over what it was two years ago after January 6.
PAPE: What we’re seeing is the country as a whole on the edges, but now moving into the mainstream, is becoming much more angry, much more radicalized. And this is particularly happening just in the last three months. What is occurring, I study this not from the perspective of a political pollster who’s ahead in a political horse race, but from 30 years of experience in studying political violence. And the biggest picture to take away from the survey of our dangers to democracy tracker, is that political support for- support for political violence is now breaching into the main strain. That’s different. It’s not just about Oathkeepers, proud boys, it is now breaching into the mainstream, and we’re seeing the consequences of that in many ways in our society. …
Things have gotten worse since April.
It is also not just stereotypical MAGA supporters like the Boomer fed poster who was murdered by the FBI last week. Leftists are more willing to resort to violence.
“The study found that 11.6 percent of US adults agree that a “use of force” is permissible to “Prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.” This amounts to around 30 million people. …
The public is more radicalized than it was in April and it’s really quite significant,” said Pape. “We’ve been tracking this quite a while, and this is a really big bump.”
What Pape did not mention is that the number of people who will approve of violence when it serves a desired political outcome on the left dwarfs that of the right. In the same study, it was determined that the amount of Americans who say the use of force is justified to return Trump to the White House has shot up from 6 million in the past few months to about 18 million people. This is almost half the amount of people who justified using violence to keep Trump out of office. …
So, I look at all of this and it leaves me asking a simple question: when politics gets this bad and related social trends like suicides, mass shootings, polarization and so forth get this bad, do people ever just you know mellow out? Does life start improving? Does the number of moderates start increasing? Does that ever happen short of a major conflict and social upheaval that drains the poison?