Mass Privatization Can Kill

Source: BBC/The Lancet

Source: BBC/The Lancet

The BBC reported in January of 2009:

The rapid mass privatisation which followed the break up of the Soviet Union fuelled an increase in death rates among men, research suggests.

The UK study blames rapidly rising unemployment resulting from the break-neck speed of reform.

The researchers said their findings should act as a warning to other nations that are beginning to embrace widespread market reform.

The study features online in The Lancet medical journal.

The researchers examined death rates among men of working age in the post-communist countries of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1989 and 2002.

They conclude that as many as one million working-age men died due to the economic shock of mass privatisation policies.

Following the break up of the old Soviet regime in the early 1990s at least a quarter of large state-owned enterprises were transferred to the private sector in just two years.

This programme of mass privatisation was associated with a 12.8% increase in deaths.

The latest analysis links this surge in deaths to a 56% increase in unemployment over the same period.

Read more here.

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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    The phrase “…died due to economic shock…” is really odd to me. I mean I know what its supposed to mean, but it seems like a strange shortcut from saying that the economy sucked and they couldn’t make ends meet.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    The phrase “…died due to economic shock…” is really odd to me. I mean I know what its supposed to mean, but it seems like a strange shortcut from saying that the economy sucked and they couldn’t make ends meet.

    • MoralDrift

      Economic shock sounds much more nebulous and confusing than “I couldn’t feed my family”. Keeps people from applying the lessons elsewhere and it keeps the researchers feeling important

  • Anonymous

    Economic shock sounds much more nebulous and confusing than “I couldn’t feed my family”. Keeps people from applying the lessons elsewhere and it keeps the researchers feeling important

  • Anonymous

    Goddamn Wall Street, the IMF, the World Bank, and the rest of them practically nuked Eastern Europe in the ’90s. Check the demographics of the Eastern European countries. You know how we keep hearing about the holocaust? Fuck the holocaust! I’m tired of hearing about the holocaust. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jerry Seinfeld and Noam Chomsky, but not only the Jews have done some dying! Let’s hear something about:
    - North Korea, in which the American-led ‘allies’ massacred, what 2-3 million Koreans? Some say a fifth of North Korea’s population died in the war.
    - Vietnam, in which the brave American murderers slaughtered an unknown number of people. At least a million. Add to this Laos and Cambodia.
    - In the ’90s, as “Democracy” and “Capitalism” spread in Eastern Europe, people died in droves. Simple statistics:
    Russia has lost almost as many people in the last 20 years as it lost during WW2. How about that?
    Bulgaria: Population in 1945 – 7mln, 1989- 9mln, now – 7.5 mln. An almost 20% loss of population during PEACE time! Not since the plague has this been seen!
    Latvia: 1955 – 2mln, 1990 – 2.65mln, now – 2.25 mln. A genocide!

    Nowadays, rockets and bullets are only for the extreme cases, like Iraq and Libya. Weak, naive nations like the Eastern European ones get smashed through silent weapons – mostly economic ones. Privatization kills as surely as gas does. And it’s going westward now! The so-called “Western” world-ers better shape up and counter this. They won’t, of course, but nevertheless! Kick out the bums, hang the war criminals, shoot the treasonous war profiteers in the banks and Wall Street, and let’s get a decent civilization going, because right now it looks like the globalists are succeeding in building a worldwide society composed of 1% demi-god rulers, 9% managers, and 90% goblin-like fat imbecilic slaves.

  • hucksawyer

    Goddamn Wall Street, the IMF, the World Bank, and the rest of them practically nuked Eastern Europe in the ’90s. Check the demographics of the Eastern European countries. You know how we keep hearing about the holocaust? Fuck the holocaust! I’m tired of hearing about the holocaust. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jerry Seinfeld and Noam Chomsky, but not only the Jews have done some dying! Let’s hear something about:
    - North Korea, in which the American-led ‘allies’ massacred, what 2-3 million Koreans? Some say a fifth of North Korea’s population died in the war.
    - Vietnam, in which the brave American murderers slaughtered an unknown number of people. At least a million. Add to this Laos and Cambodia.
    - In the ’90s, as “Democracy” and “Capitalism” spread in Eastern Europe, people died in droves. Simple statistics:
    Russia has lost almost as many people in the last 20 years as it lost during WW2. How about that?
    Bulgaria: Population in 1945 – 7mln, 1989- 9mln, now – 7.5 mln. An almost 20% loss of population during PEACE time! Not since the plague has this been seen!
    Latvia: 1955 – 2mln, 1990 – 2.65mln, now – 2.25 mln. A genocide!

    Nowadays, rockets and bullets are only for the extreme cases, like Iraq and Libya. Weak, naive nations like the Eastern European ones get smashed through silent weapons – mostly economic ones. Privatization kills as surely as gas does. And it’s going westward now! The so-called “Western” world-ers better shape up and counter this. They won’t, of course, but nevertheless! Kick out the bums, hang the war criminals, shoot the treasonous war profiteers in the banks and Wall Street, and let’s get a decent civilization going, because right now it looks like the globalists are succeeding in building a worldwide society composed of 1% demi-god rulers, 9% managers, and 90% goblin-like fat imbecilic slaves.

  • WhiteRose

    Freedom has it’s price :) yeehaw!

  • WhiteRose

    Freedom has it’s price :) yeehaw!

  • Elias J. Crewcut

    Typical! The goddamned commies on this website always looking to smear the entrepreneur. . .

    . . . what we’re seeing here isn’t the failure of the private sector in supporting the population, but the rank incompetence of the public sector in performing a decent mass liquidation.

  • Elias J. Crewcut

    Typical! The goddamned commies on this website always looking to smear the entrepreneur. . .

    . . . what we’re seeing here isn’t the failure of the private sector in supporting the population, but the rank incompetence of the public sector in performing a decent mass liquidation.

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