Publisher description for America the wise : the longevity revolution and the true wealth of nations / Theodore Roszak.

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Theodore Roszak, the author of the international bestseller THE MAKING OF A COUNTER CULTURE, returns to investigate the baby boom generation as it prepares to join the ranks of our society's rapidly growing senior population. America the Wise will ignite a nationwide debate that promises to transform our most fundamental ethical and cultural values as well as our economic and political priorities. Roszak argues that the emergence of senior dominance (in numbers, wealth, and political power) will force Americans to rethink their basic attitudes toward death and dying, competition and compassion, wealth and well-being. He mounts a compelling defense of senior entitlements and envisions a society in which the ability to prolong productive and fulfilling lives is regarded as a paramount historic achievement rather than an inconvenient fiscal problem. AMERICA THE WISE provides an insightful look at the changes that await America in every walk of life, from the mass media and business to family life, from our obsession with the cult of youth and consumer culture to sexual and gender relations. Roszak calls upon the newly emerging ranks of our senior population to establish a society based not on the survival of the fittest but on wisdom, compassion, and the survival of the gentlest.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Aging -- Social aspects -- United States.
Longevity -- Social aspects -- United States.
Baby boom generation -- United States.
Old age assistance -- United States.
Social change -- United States.