The Pinch

The Pinch

How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children's Future--and Why They Should Give It Back

Book - 2010
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The baby boom of 1945-65 produced the biggest, richest generation that Britain has ever known. Today, at the peak of their power and wealth, baby boomers now run the country; by virtue of their sheer demographic power, they have fashioned the world around them in a way that meets all of their housing, healthcare, and financial needs. In this original and provocative book, David Willetts shows how the baby boomer generation has attained this position at the expense of their children. Social, cultural, and economic provision has been made for the reigning section of society, whilst the needs of the next generation have taken a back seat. Willetts argues that if our political, economic, and cultural leaders do not begin to discharge their obligations to the future, the young people of today will be taxed more, work longer hours for less money, have lower social mobility, and live in a degraded environment in order to pay for their parents' quality of life. Baby boomers, worried about the kind of world they are passing on to their children, are beginning to take note. However, whilst the imbalance in the quality of life between the generations is becoming more obvious, what is less certain is whether the older generation will be willing to make the sacrifices necessary for a more equal distribution. The Pinch is a landmark account of intergenerational relations in Britain. It is essential reading for parents and policymakers alike.
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781848872318
1848872313
Characteristics: xxii, 314 p.

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JohnFDavidson
Apr 26, 2011

This book lays out the debt that we baby boomers owe to those that follow. The author does an analysis of English families with references to American and European traditions. The Baby boomers have without much thought influenced consumptions, politics, business and culture. He contends that an age demographic with fewer members should have an advantage with less competition, but in fact a lot of jobs were shipped out so that in fact the later generations lost out anyway. The author, a conservative British parliamentarian points out that we do have an obligation to help the generations that come after us. Well argued.

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