Depressions, mental and economic

Jim Jaszewski ab975 at main.freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Tue Jul 11 18:06:29 MDT 1995


On Tue, 11 Jul 1995, Doug Henwood wrote:

> Gosh, I have to do this about every 3 months it seems, but the statistics
> are fine. All the numbers you could ever want to damn US capitalism are
> published by the US government in great quantity. You have to know where to
> find them and how to interpret them, but the numbers are there.

	Gosh, but surely you realize I'm not really discussing the fact of
the 'actually existing' statistics themselves -- or the competence and
integrity of (most of) the people who ACTUALLY COLLECT THEM; what I'm
discussing are the 'statistics' which Joe 6-pack sees regularly on the
boob tube: 'statistics' which refer ONLY to those 'actively seeking
employment' but which are CONSTANTLY flogged (in a *conscious* effort to
confuse him) as the complete number of *ALL* unemployed. The 'statistics'
which REALLY count...

	There's another statistic I keep running into too: the one that
sez the REAL rate of unemployment/under-employment is up to TWICE that
which most people are led to believe by way of their ONLY source of
'official' information...

	Then there's the 'statistical' trick of 'adjusting' any of those
rates to allow for 'seasonal fluctuations'...

	Yep, it's pretty straightforward...


 Also, our
> statistical agencies are a model of openness and professionalism; I talk
> with the US dweebs a lot, and I've always found them honest and helpful.
> Don't know about other countries' data agencies - I hear Britain is a
> nightmare of incompetence and secrecy.

	Considering the above, you can see that I think that's beside the
point (except for the British Empire -- always right TO the point...)



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