Oct 312012
What sort of organisation is the Intergenerational Foundation?

I’ll give my answer and justify it,  then identify how the Intergenerational Foundation could be something more useful: The Intergenerational Foundation is an anti-baby-boomer & anti-pensioner advocacy group, pretending to be concerned with researching and promoting intergenerational fairness and justice. Up-front statements The following 3 quotes are from a single paragraph on the home page: “The Intergenerational Foundation (IF) has been established to promote fairness between generations.” The above sentence is the pretense. (See “Press releases” below). “We believe that each generation should pay its own way, which is not happening at present” From the beginning of the human race, . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 302012

This topic sometimes gives the appearance of warfare! Falsehoods, exaggerations, glib sound-bites, and selective analysis are hurled around in the hope that some will stick. Rather than identify the policies that need to be adopted to resolve intergenerational problems, (which is beyond my current ability!), I’ll identify some principles to enable the debates to be constructive and productive. First I’ll quote from the last section below, because I think this is the most important of these principles: “Adopt those policies which you would consider fair and just if you knew you would have a second life but you didn’t know . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 312011
Jeremy Paxman's rich-man's guilt-trip about his generation

Daily Mail: ‘I am part of the most selfish generation in history and we should be ashamed of our legacy,’ says Jeremy Paxman Speak for yourself, you lucky rich man! (Salary perhaps £1 million per year). See: London Evening Standard: And now your starter for ten: Just how many Romanians are living over Paxman’s garage? Guardian: Paxo’s dirty laundry gets a very public airing Wikipedia: Jeremy Paxman (I wonder if I earned £1 million over my full career? I’ll do the sums sometime). I won’t waste much time on his rubbish. But it is worth commenting on some statements in . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 302011
More reasons to be cautious about "intergenerational unfairness"

In recent posts I’ve criticised the tendency of blaming older people for the problems being faced by younger people. Now there are more reasons to question this tendency. Regional differences This isn’t about intergenerational problems per se. But it shows something else that must be taken into account – where you live. The lesson is that if you live in London or the South East, don’t blame your problems on older people, blame them on where you live. Many older people in the rest of country would struggle to live there; why should young people expect to do so? Telegraph: . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 212011
The politics of envy in intergenerational analysis

This is the 3rd of 3 articles criticising The Intergenerational Foundation: Some fallacies in “Hoarding of Housing: The intergenerational crisis in the market” Simple example of how The Intergenerational Foundation is wrong about housing (This article) “Intergenerational analysis” is a popular topic (and more discussion across the world can be expected in future). There are many people, associated with a number of organisations, campaigning for it. There is nothing inherently wrong about campaigning for any form of fairness, as long there is a reasonable definition of “fair”. But there rarely is, because it is in the eye of the beholder. . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Aug 022011
The myth of a baby-boom-led housing crisis

This is the 2nd of a 2-part attack on some myths about the baby boom and the impact of baby boomers: Part 1: The myth of the UK baby-boom Part 2: This article: The myth of a baby-boom-led housing crisis Once again, I am using David Willetts’ book “The Pinch: how the baby boomers took their children’s future – and why they should give it back“. In “The myth of the UK baby-boom” I quoted from David Willetts’ book and showed that he didn’t understand the true nature of the UK’s baby-booms. David Willetts isn’t the only person promoting these myths; . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Jul 262011
The myth of the UK baby-boom

This is the 1st of a 2-part attack on some myths about the baby boom and the impact of baby boomers: Part 1: This article: The myth of the UK baby-boom Part 2: The myth of a baby-boom-led housing crisis “Everyone” knows that the UK has a baby-boom. “Everyone” knows that it began just after the end of World War 2. “Everyone” knows that it continued for perhaps 15 or 20 years, creating a huge cohort that massively influenced UK policy, causing problems for the following generations. David Willetts wrote “The Pinch: how the baby boomers took their children’s future . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]