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If you're a Boomer, this is truly enlightening as to just how self-serving and destructive our generation has been. I'm ashamed of us. I think most of us will be in denial.
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This book lays out facts and ties them all together of how the worst generation in American history leveraged the future of the country at the expense of future generations. An important book to better understand the circumstances we find ourselves in today because of personal greed.
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I think what it is great about this book is how research and empirical data has been used to support deeply opinionated views. It is norm in the use of the scientific method to veer away from bias to ensure that the research and work undertaking is considered based on the data and not on the biases of the author.
I strongly believe that the reason why "spin" and other forms of discrediting facts to justify behaviour is become easier due to the noble and professional attitude of researchers to state only what the empirical data shows.
Research in social and economic sciences is more bias and there tends to be disagreements between authors on the way data is been interpreted.
It is really refreshing to see how the author's blunt opinions do not seem to descend into statements of fact that cannot be challenged.
In my opinion the Author has been as thorough as possible to support his views with empirical data and it seems to be challenging society/readers to get involved in fixing the issue.
What I find refreshing is, the bluntness with an open and positive attitude to engage in dialogue and promote debate, to elevate the discourse of how to fix the problems of the future and to give a good example of how "experts" and thorough research should be embraced in politics.
I am not from the USA and not a boomer but I can see in my own life experience how "boomer" behaviour is percolated society and it has been passed on to some extend to younger generations.
On a personal note, I have been thinking for the last few years how the western world has lost its "MOJO" and how the "values" that everybody talks about are no longer practiced. This book is helped me pin point what "boomer" behaviours or entitlements I have inherited and will modify to ensure I take responsibility in ensuring I don't pass on to the future generations unnecessary burden.
I think as Bruce eloquently puts it, society is worth the effort and rather blame or punish "boomers" I will use this book as a learnt experience to live within my means and preach by example to pass on this important message.
We have all benefited from the scientific, medical and technological advances the world has produced up to the end of the 20th century. This advances have been made mostly by governmental, altruistic and personal investment with the goal of discovery and understanding the world we live in.
If current "values" of profit at all cost, greed and reduction of taxes and state were prevalent in the early 20th century they world we live in would be very different indeed.