Crisis to Suicide: How Many Have to Die Before We Kill the False Religion of Austerity?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
By Paul Martin

The rate of people taking their own lives is soaring in Europe at such a clip that the trend has given birth to a new media term: “Suicide by economic crisis.”

By Lynn Parramore
AlterNet.org

If suicide is a measure of a society’s health, the Eurozone is getting sicker by the minute. The rate of people taking their own lives is soaring in Europe at such a clip that the trend has given birth to a new media term: “Suicide by economic crisis.” How has it come to pass that people would rather die than be subjected to the pain imposed by global elites?

A Ghastly Epidemic

Before the 2007 global financial meltdown, suicides in European Union countries had fallen sharply among people under age 65. Now, thanks to misguided economic programs and the sheer greed of financiers, that trend has abruptly reversed.

The new wave of suicides tracks closely with rising unemployment. In Ireland, churches offer seminars on themes like “Suicide in Recessionary Times.” Ever more draconian austerity measures that strip income and social aid act as a toxin, leaving the population so stricken that for some, dying seems the only relief.

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