[Marxism] Death surge from privatisation in former Soviet bloc

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 07:40:09 MST 2012

Looks like a very important study. There were at least anecdotal
accounts of this at the time, probably also statistics (although this
study may be more rigorous).
The concluding paragraphs (below) sum it up nicely.
This, by the way, is why every time that pigfucker Jeffrey Sachs, the
prime architect of shock therapy, opines about world poverty, he
should be physically silenced. At the very least.

>From the report:
David Stuckler, from Oxford's Department of Sociology, said: ‘Our
study helps explain the striking differences in mortality in the
post-communist world.  Countries which pursued rapid privatisation, or
‘shock therapy’, had much greater rises in deaths than countries which
followed a more gradual path. Not only did rapid privatisation lead to
mass unemployment but also wiped out the social safety nets, which
were critical for helping people survive during this turbulent

Professor Martin McKee said: ‘As variants of rapid reform policies are
being debated in China, India, Egypt and other developing and
middle-income countries, including Iraq, our study reminds us that
radical economic reforms affect ordinary people and, in some cases,
cost them their lives.’

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM, Stuart Munckton
<stuartmunckton at gmail.com> wrote:
> *As many as one million working-age men died due to the economic shock of
> mass privatisation policies followed by post-communist countries in the
> 1990s, according to a new study published in The Lancet.*
>  *
> http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2009/090115.html
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