A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

October 5, 2019 - Comment

In his “remarkable” (Men’s Journal) and “controversial” (Fortune) book–written in a “wry, amusing style” (The Guardian)–Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history,

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In his “remarkable” (Men’s Journal) and “controversial” (Fortune) book–written in a “wry, amusing style” (The Guardian)–Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity.

In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations.

Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts–acting, in other words, as sociopaths–the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible–and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off.

Gibney argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.

Comments

Anonymous says:

An exercise in willful correlation I am regretting buying this book. I am sympathetic to its central argument, and yet…it doesn’t matter how many times the author cites a stat and then correlates it to the birth year of the person involved, I wind up unconvinced. The book is myopic – it starts with a premise and then looks for data to back it up. That’s not how an argument is built. I am struggling to get through it as a result. It’s tendentious rather than insightful, and I couldn’t help but wonder as I tried to get through…

Anonymous says:

A Wake-Up Call for the Boomers’ Victims In “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America”, Bruce Cannon Gibney presents an economic history from the postwar years to the present that explores the social developments that linked a generation and how, more than any right or left divide, the generational bonds shared by Boomers characterize their political policies. He writes, “The central theme of this book is that America’s present dilemma resulted substantially and directly from choices made by the…

Anonymous says:

For Millennial’s just waking up to reality, this book will be a primer for the rest of your political lives. A book every boomer should fear (they do, just look at all the BS reviews from Boomers who didn’t read the book). For Generation X this book will confirm in factual detail everything you’ve suspected since you were 7. For Millennial’s just waking up to reality, this book will be a primer for the rest of your political lives.

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