Studies Are Easy. Implementation Is Hard.

4 thoughts on “Studies Are Easy. Implementation Is Hard.”

  1. We are in the economic phase now where the older, more politically active generation are getting fat off of seed corn rather than using it to plant new crops: http://nonprofitquarterly.org/2011/11/08/eating-our-young-wealth-gap-between-young-and-old-widens-enormously/

    Given that the next generation will be responsible for paying our community debts and generating enough new wealth to pay for our retirement, it behooves us to give them the tools they need to get there. We talk a lot about how unions in this country alienated people away from their cause and lost power when they became internally corrupt and benefited existing members at the expense of others. Well, this is just as bad, except now we’re doing it on a country wide basis.

  2. Even though I am definitely in the former (graying) cohort, this is a fantastic (and amusing in a bad way) essay, Johnny.

    Another observation might be that many of our now aging suburban neighborhoods lack a great deal of inherent value. The houses are charmless (to be blunt) industrial “products”, the neighborhood has nothing but houses and no shops, limited park space, and no real communal gathering places, etc. And, residents have observed the previous generation of charmless tract homes enter a serious decay phase. So, they fight hard to protect any perceived threats to their neighborhood.

      1. I think a lot of older entitled people are going to be unpleasantly surprised when the young simply migrate away in search of a better life elsewhere. That’s what happened in previous cycles when the young left the farm for factory jobs in the city, or when the city was abandoned for the suburbs. When the new generation eventually assumes power they may not agree to pay out pensions either. “Eat the young” may flip to a de facto policy of putting aging Boomers on a slow moving ice flow out to sea.

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