“Those are the people who have really been hammered by the long-term economic malaise,” Deaton says. “Their wages in real terms have been going down. So they get into middle age having their expectations just not met at all.”

I heard this report during my drive home last night, and it stuck with me. This is one of many repercussions of the economic downturn, one that’s claiming human lives. I lay the blame at the feet of the oligarchy.

I have no data to back it up, but I feel like this same demographic is one that tends to vote for the very people who are causing its demise. Which makes me sad.