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Russia’s fortunes rise as West sinks into despair
December 21, 2011
Ben Aris
Ben Aris explains why despair in the West is now higher than in Russia.

While Russia is rising, America is falling into despair. Source: PhotoXPress

The traditional way of measuring pain in times of crisis is to look at the misery index: inflation + unemployment. But to really capture the pain people are feeling, you need to look at the despair index: inflation + unemployment + poverty. The shocking fact is that despair in the West is now higher than in Russia.

In October, the US Census Bureau announced that one in seven Americans is living in poverty — the highest number since record-keeping began 53 years ago. Two weeks later, the UK announced that the number of people out of work has reached its highest level in 17 years, and youth unemployment has hit a historic high at well over 20 percent, according to the Office for National Statistics. Spain capped the round of bad news by announcing that unemployment there is 23 percent — its highest figure ever and the highest in the EU. Even with the West’s low inflation, the misery index is already very high.

But unemployment coupled with inflation alone doesn’t really tell the whole story. What does it matter if the cost of an iPod rises by 10 percent a year if you can’t even put food on the table or heat your home?

The despair index allows a direct comparison between the West and emerging markets. The surprise is that central and eastern European states are doing better than the developed economies of the West.

And thanks to record low poverty and unemployment numbers in November, Russia’s despair index score of 25.5 is now lower than that of the United States, which has a despair level of 28.1.

Russia’s score highlights the transformation the country has been through since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Life for Russians at the start of the Nineties was truly horrible. Russia’s misery and despair indices were into the thousands thanks to hyperinflation, but as the decade wore on, the despair index fell steadily from around 90 in 2000 to the current level. It is easy to blame the rising despair on the current crisis, but the US Census says poverty levels in the US have been rising since well before the current crisis began. Economists say that most American families were worse off in 2000 than they were in 1990.

There are some problems with comparing poverty across countries. With a poverty line of $11,139 per annum, America’s poor are a lot better off than most Russians, who earn an average of $9,600. However, the US Census Bureau says half of those living in poverty live in “deep poverty” with incomes half of the official poverty rate, which would make them poor even by Russian standards. The existence of poverty in the “rich” world only underscores the fact that western democracy is flawed and emphasises the increasingly desperate need for deep structural reform. There has been a lot of talk of emerging markets overtaking the West, but for the majority of people, the BRICS have already caught up. If you are rich, then you are better off living in America, but if you are poor, then the chances of your life improving are now brighter in Russia.


Ben Aris is the editor and publisher of Business New Europe.



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Post time 2012-2-22 05:24:47 |Display all floors
Prosperous and wealthy Russia is envy of USUKIS world , just watch zionist barking on this thread.{:soso_e113:}

Give them hour or two they seem to be defeated at expatter thread..........zioboys do need a time to compose.

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  MOST OF THE RISING WEALTH AND FORTUNE IN RUSSIA ARE MAINLY DUE TO EXPORT OF ABUNDANT
NATURAL GAS, OIL AND OTHER ENERGY SOURCES FROM SIBERIA AND RUSSIAN FAR-EAST THAT RUSSIA
HAS PILLAGED AND PLUNDERED UNDER CZARISM A COUPLE CENTURIES AGO.

THIS LOOTING OF INDIGENOUS NATIVE SIBERIANS AND ASIANS' GIANT LAND NOT ONLY MADE RUSSIA THE LARGEST
COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BUT ALSO MAKES HER SUPER WEALTHY TODAY, AS SIBERIA HAS THE LARGEST NATURAL GAS DEPOSIT AND SECOND LARGEST OIL DEPOSIT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.



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Post time 2012-2-22 05:58:12 |Display all floors
Russia is recovering from the capitalist takeover following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and like other socialist countries the standard of living has been rising during the past decade while in most capitalist countries it has been dropping since the 1970's.
Comparing incomes in different countries is meaningless unless you factor in the real cost of living and social benefits.
What's on your mind...

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Post time 2012-2-22 09:38:37 |Display all floors
philo09 Post time: 2012-2-22 05:58
Russia is recovering from the capitalist takeover following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and li ...

So true my friend Philo , you are smart man.

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Post time 2012-2-22 11:08:47 |Display all floors
I think it's high time Russia had some good luck actually so I can't begrudge or bemoan the fact that they have found that luck and are poised to take advantage of it. Good on them I say!
Now, if only they can elect a decent leader!

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Post time 2012-2-22 15:35:52 |Display all floors
exportedkiwi Post time: 2012-2-22 11:08
I think it's high time Russia had some good luck actually so I can't begrudge or bemoan the fact tha ...
Now, if only they can elect a decent leader!


You mean some Kenyan?

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