I have already had one go at this book, When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence, and now I’m going to have another. I have a post at Quadrant Online about the book which focuses on one element in his solutions chapter, the culpability of my baby boomer generation for the problems of the world today. You can read the whole article at this link, but let me fix on just one part of what I wrote:
Here are his thoughts about how to deal with this baby boomer generation for whom he has a name of his own.
“One answer would simply be to wait for the selfish generation to expire. By that stage, however, the damage may have been done: their gains will have been the rest of society’s losses.” [My bolding]
Yes, we could wait for us all to die off, but that’s such a slow process, he thinks. So what to do? In a continuation from the previous sentence and in the same para he therefore suggests this.
“Another would be to recognise the futile nature of the large amounts of medical expenditure for those approaching the final curtain, a use of resources for which the returns are, sadly, lacking [!!!]. It seems unlikely [!!!], however, that society is yet [!!!] willing to embrace voluntary euthanasia – let alone the involuntary kind – any time soon [!!!], or to become indifferent to death, whatever the age.”
This is not written as a joke in “a modest proposal” sort of way. You can quite clearly see that even if he’s not game to say it, his actual real answer is to leave us all to die off as quickly as possible. If we are no longer productive, we should no longer be allowed to absorb resources.
This man is an absolute caricature, a Monty Python version of a merchant banker.
He may think we are the selfish generation, but if this is really what he thinks, other words come to mind that would fit all too well for his.