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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown (PublicAffairs), by Paul Taylor

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Veteran journalist Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center crunched the numbers and did some thought-provoking analysis on the troubling potential for economic strife between generations. Fewer young people are supporting growing numbers of retirees through Social Security and Medicare, the middle class is shrinking (from outsourcing, the digital revolution and automation), class divisions are widening, politics are gridlocked and tolerance grows alongside polarization. Taylor explores the phenomenon of millennials living with their parents as an economic problem but also an expression of the Peter Pan syndrome. Convinced that America is “robbing the future to pay for the present,” Taylor’s policy prescriptions, taken with a spoonful of hope, assume compromise on Social Security and other issues with everyone but the neediest giving up something.