Opinion | Who Killed the Knapp Family? - The New York Times


16 bookmarks. First posted by paulmr 18 days ago.


RT : “America is like a boat that is half-capsized, but those partying above water seem oblivious.”
from twitter_favs
16 days ago by kohlmannj
RT : And it's not just abstract statistics; you can see it in up-close-and-personal reporting too 3/
from twitter
16 days ago by willwilkinson
Dee Knapp visiting the grave site of four of her five children, near her home in Oklahoma. Credit... Lynsey Addario Opinion Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across…
from instapaper
17 days ago by scottwf
Dee Knapp visiting the grave site of four of her five children, near her home in Oklahoma. Credit... Lynsey Addario Opinion Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across…
from instapaper
17 days ago by johnrclark
Dee Knapp visiting the grave site of four of her five children, near her home in Oklahoma. Credit... Lynsey Addario Opinion Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across…
from instapaper
17 days ago by scottsin
RT : One of the most important pieces I’ve ever read
from twitter_favs
17 days ago by adamrg
Dee Knapp visiting the grave site of four of her five children, near her home in Oklahoma. Credit... Lynsey Addario Opinion Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across…
from instapaper
17 days ago by thijsniks
RT : Capitalism kills. Some members of our elites are slowly waking up to see it.
from twitter_favs
18 days ago by wlanderson
Americans also bought into a misconceived “personal responsibility” narrative that blamed people for being poor. It’s true, of course, that personal responsibility matters: People we spoke to often acknowledged engaging in self-destructive behaviors. But when you can predict wretched outcomes based on the ZIP code where a child is born, the problem is not bad choices the infant is making. If we’re going to obsess about personal responsibility, let’s also have a conversation about social responsibility.

Why did deaths of despair claim Farlan, Zealan, Nathan, Rogena and so many others? We see three important factors.
Image
Keylan Knapp, the sole survivor among the Knapp children, comforting his mother in the house they share in Oklahoma.
Keylan Knapp, the sole survivor among the Knapp children, comforting his mother in the house they share in Oklahoma.Credit...Lynsey Addario

First, well-paying jobs disappeared, partly because of technology and globalization but also because of political pressure on unions and a general redistribution of power toward the wealthy and corporations.

Second, there was an explosion of drugs — oxycodone, meth, heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl — aggravated by the reckless marketing of prescription painkillers by pharmaceutical companies.

Third, the war on drugs sent fathers and mothers to jail, shattering families.
economics  despair  policy 
18 days ago by gsanders