Of course, many people deny the zero-sum reality. They'll snort & grunt about economic growth, jibber-jabber about a rising tide that lifts all boats, and babble about transactions that make all parties happy, and so on and so on - anything to get you to look away from the carnage of America's blood-thirsty, winner-take-all capitalism.
Far too many of us fall for it, thus allowing suicides to rise and rise and rise.
Clinical psychologist Vinita Mehta informs us that "research shows that when it comes to short-term dating, both women and men emphasize good looks. But when it comes to long-term dating, women tend to prefer men with a healthy income and high status" ("Are Women Shallow? A woman's desire for a wealthy man may have an evolutionary basis," Psychology Today, July 19, 2012). And Princeton University researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton report that "many more men are finding themselves in a much more hostile labor market with lower wages, lower quality and less permanent jobs. That's made it harder for them to get married. They don't get to know their own kids. There's a lot of social dysfunction building up over time. There's a sense that these people have lost this sense of status and belonging. And these are classic preconditions for suicide" ("The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'," NPR, March 23, 2017).
In other words: Men are still expected to be breadwinners; they're increasingly unable to fulfill that role; so they're rejected; they're depressed; they're lonely; they're suicidal; they're called "losers"; and, increasingly, they're dead.
In the United States specifically, suicide rates have been rising more sharply for women (a rate change of over 50% since 1999) than for men, but women still have a long way to go in terms of raw numbers and overall frequency. The pile of dead men is still much higher. But, if we continue down the road of fascism, plutocracy, depression, anxiety, stress, and the like, I'm sure women will continue to make great suicidal "progress."
Why don't we stop all this madness? Why don't we create a new & even better New Deal for men, for women, for children? Social scientist David Stuckler and epidemiologist Sanjay Basu have concluded that "every $100 in New Deal spending per capita was associated with a... drop in suicides of 4 per 100,000 people" ("How Austerity Kills," New York Times, May 12, 2013).
Do you want to know why we don't create another New Deal? Because we're stuck in this insane cycle of voting for politicians who reward their rich donors with massive tax cuts, thereby undercutting the common good and making life more miserable for the rest of us. How pathetic is that?
Expect 50,000 suicides for 2018. After all, we've done nothing to stop it.