The Futility Monster

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It’s A Good Job We Don’t Need Newborns!

Posted by The Futility Monster on June 24, 2010 @ 13:58


In the latest in a string of attacks on the youth, and the whole concept of having children in the first place, the older generations are going to keep pulling that ladder up:

The government is to speed up plans to raise the state pension age for men to 66, possibly by as early as 2016.

Ministers will also raise the option of extending it further, perhaps to 70 and beyond in the following decades.

The default retirement age of 65 – at which workers can be legally axed by employers – is also set to be axed.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said this would stop people being “cast on the scrap heap” and would help “reinvigorate what retirement means”.

One of the benefits of a compulsory retirement age is that it allows for labour market turnover. When youth unemployment is in a bit of a pickle, combining with how difficult it is for young people to differentiate themselves from their peers, it doesn’t seem to make sense to make it even harder for them to get a start in life.

Most employers are generally happy to keep on using current staff when they retire, and with that option now going to be encouraged so the state doesn’t have to pay out its pension just yet, it’s going to lead to a very pissed off younger generation…

We young’uns (and I’m, for now, still one of ’em) are more than a little tired of being asked to bear the brunt of the decisions of our betters. We have been shit on by the state for the last decade, being experimented on with dodgy A-Level reforms; asked to suffer a diluting of the education we’ve been undertaking, and then, to cap it all, had to foot the bill: not only with massive student debt, but with unachievable house prices, a disastrous jobs market and a national debt burden that will cost us much higher taxes from here into eternity.

There’s something perverse about the way we treat the youngest and all future generations. We ask them to bear the burden of the current society’s failings. Long after the older generations have gone, it is future generations, who do not yet exist, who are asked to solve all our problems, whether financial, technological, biological and now environmental.

But why should we even bother bringing new people into the world? Given the mess that they’re going to inherit, and  we’re not even going to give them a chance to get a job – as we’ll all be too busy working until we drop dead on the shop floor, or slumped in front of our office computers – it seems wholly selfish, self-indulgent and cruel.

There’s just one little problem with this plan…


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