Why are the baby boomers desperate to make millennials hate ourselves? Back in 1999 Chris Sidoti, then-head of the Australian Human Rights Commission, called the baby boomers “the most selfish generation in history”.
“I don’t think there’s been a generation like this that has been so unwilling to pay a fair share of taxation,” he said. This week the Pew Research Centre released a report showing that just 24% of millennials, defined as those born between 1981 and 1997, considered themselves responsible, compared to 66% of boomers. This pattern is repeated across a number of self-reported virtues: 27% of millennials consider their generation self-reliant, just 17% consider themselves moral, and 29% think we’re compassionate.
For baby boomers, those figures are much higher: 51%, 46% and 47%. Stagnation & intergenerational justice. The juxtaposition of David Cameron's claim that we have a "fundamental duty" to care for pensioners with the FT's story that 20-somethings have low incomes after housing costs reminds us that intergenerational justice is now a big issue.
But I wonder: is this partly a product of secular stagnation? To see my point, consider a reasonably typical exchange between a youngster and oldster: Oldie: You guys are lucky. You have smartphones, tinder, spotify and free books and music - and less sexism, racism and homophobia than in my day.Youngster: But I can't afford anywhere to live. The oldster is telling a story about progress, the youngster one about diminishing returns: you can think of high house prices as evidence of Ricardo's claim that economic growth would raise land prices and rents. In fact, you can think of economic history as a fight between diminishing returns and technical progress.
Should future generations be forced to deal with our nuclear legacy? The first post-human structure, is what they call it.
Onkalo, a vast underground storage facility 300 km northwest of Helsinki, will take Finland's most radioactive nuclear waste and quite literally lock it away forever. Once it is full, rather than covering it in warning signs the engineers behind its construction plan to remove every surface trace of the underground facility. It will be left looking no different from its surroundings - a mostly tree-laden wilderness.
Intergenerational Justice in Scandinavia: Super Model? Click to download the report Today’s post is by Mi Ah Schoyen of NOVA Norwegian Social Research and Bjorn Hvinden Professor and Head of Research at NOVA and the University of Tromso, and director of the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model’ (REASSESS).
It is published in collaboration with Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) Network When it comes to balancing the needs of current and future generations, the Nordic welfare states have done fairly well: reforms of the pension system, low child poverty levels and public debt, and work-friendly family policies. Yet, environmental considerations remain neglected – in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in the OECD. Few would disagree that intergenerational justice is a goal that all governments and societies should adhere to. In advanced democracies, intergenerational justice is only one of the objectives public policies are expected to meet.
Click to see full size Useful links. The Right Social Policies Can Promote Intergenerational Ethics. Home > Ideas > Innovations Make a Comment By Jan Hofmeyer | September 6, 2013 When economies fail to keep up with the demands of their societies, questions of fairness in the allocation of public resources force their way to the top of the agenda.
The impact of the American subprime fiasco and the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as the suffocating impact of the austerity that followed the latter, has prompted reflection on aging societies and the legacies they leave. The return of intergenerational justice as a central theme in the global policy discourse is therefore apt. Workers in several Southern European states have in recent years seen their pension benefits slashed and their pensionable ages increased. Intergenerational Justice. 1.
How Intergenerational Relations Differ from Relations Among Contemporaries It may seem that considerations of justice do not apply to intergenerational relations, because there is a lack of reciprocity between generations of people who are not contemporaries. Among non-contemporaries, there is no mutual cooperation and there are no exchanges in kind. This fact about the relations between present and remote past or future generations is closely related to a second feature of intergenerational relations: the permanent asymmetry in power-relation between living people and those who will live in the future. First, present generations may be said to exercise power over (remote) future generations when, for example, they create conditions that make it costly for future generations to decide against continuing to pursue present generations' projects.
Teens Sue Government for Failing to Address Climate Change for Future Generations. iMatter youth march.
The iMatter campaign, an initiative of Kids vs. Global Warming and Our Children’s Trust, is composed of young people driving change. Generational Theft: How Entitlement Spending is Stealing Opportunity from America's Youth. Sorry, Kids. We Ate It All. Dear Future Generations: Sorry. TRUST Colorado: 11 year-old Xiuhtezcatl Shows Us the Effects of Climate Change to His Community. Www.oecd.org/els/public-pensions/47711990.pdf. RYSE - Rising Youth For a Sustainable Earth. If you're under 30, bad luck. You're screwed.
Climate Silence NOW! - Home. The Declaration Of Interdependence And Jefferson’s ‘Brilliant Statement Of Intergenerational Equity' Why we need intergenerational politics. Shutterstock / Monkey Business Images Anyone who disputes Labour cost of living concerns only need to read the latest report from the government's social mobility tsar.
Alan Milburn's report is pretty shocking reading and the crux of it is that for the first time in a century, today's children are unlikely to grow up better off then their parents. Our standards of living have risen over the past 100 years, and each generation has benefitted from better educations, better jobs, more stability in income and a better lifestyle than the generation before them.
But the government's austerity measures are putting an end to that improvement. Young people nowadays have little to look forward to; racking up eye-watering debts at university, a slim chance of getting on the housing ladder without crippling themselves financially, and if that wasn't enough the jobs that they educated themselves to get is likely to be unstable. Futureself. FutureVoices. Listen to your futures. Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change.
Trailer! FutureCoast: THE EXHIBIT. The Intergenerational Foundation. Www.greenhousethinktank.org/files/greenhouse/home/Guardians_inside_final.pdf.