The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

U.S. Wealth and Misery

Sep 28, 2015

The U.S. is first in the world when it comes to wealth and power. It has the most billionaires, the most wealth accumulated by its ruling class by far. And it has by far the most powerful military.

But if we look at life for most people, the U.S. falls far behind. According to the newly released Social Progress Index, twenty-nine countries have a longer life expectancy. Thirty-six countries have a lower death rate from infectious disease. Thirty-seven countries have lower childhood mortality rates. Fifty-four countries have a smaller share of women die in childbirth. And eighty-one countries have lower suicide rates.

For those of us who aren’t billionaires, this country sitting at the top of the world’s wealth looks more like a third world country. THEIR wealth and power comes at OUR expense.