Notes From Babel

A World Where Politicians Never Die

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Few things trouble me more than the idea that the political class of the baby-boomer generation—those who carved out their destinies in the days before the regulatory state blobbed its way across every aspect of modern life, only to foreclose those same opportunities to subsequent generations—will have the opportunity to wield political power longer than any generation in history.  From NewScientist:

Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now.

. . . .

Of course, many older people do need healthcare, but many others are fit, competent and self-sustaining. Across Europe, typically only one retired person in 20 lives in a care home. In the UK, of 10 million over-65s, just 300,000 live in care homes (that’s about 3 per cent). So the majority of Europe’s elderly resemble Okushima in Japan. They are the councillors and counsellors, the social secretaries and neighbourhood wardens, the carers of other elderly people, and even the political and social campaigners and agitators – the glue that holds busy societies together. Far from impoverishing societies, says John MacInnes, a demographer at the University of Edinburgh, UK, all the evidence is that “mass longevity facilitates affluence”.

Imagine, a political class full of immortal Pelosis.  Shudder.


Written by Tim Kowal

April 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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