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    It is precisely because generations tend to be selfish that cohort size matters. Young people are more affected by the outcomes of the democratic process than other cohorts; their youth means that by and large they will live with the consequences of political decisions for longer. The nature of public policy, especially on issues that impact directly on intergenerational fairness such as the pension system and infrastructure investment, is such that even where policy decisions are ostensibly reversed, the impact of the initial decision cannot be fully eliminated.


    This does not mean that young people’s votes should somehow be worth more. Democracy’s first principle is, and must remain, ‘one person, one vote’. But that representative democracies with near-universal franchises have only ever existed within populations with pyramid-shaped age distributions may be one of the hidden foundations of representative democracy.


    We cannot say that this demographic context is a pre-requisite of democracy; that there have been no genuine democracies without such a context is not alone decisive in this regard. Yet we can say for certain that representative democracy without a pyramid-shaped population is entirely untried – it is into this uncharted territory that we are heading at a rapid pace.
    I was astonished to stumble across this article - I believe it is a stark truth. The baby boomers have ruined our prospects and will continue to do so even after they are in the earth, as we will have to pay down their freebies.

    The jobless and disabled are suffering while the welfare state for pensioners is protected from cuts. Their free TV licences, their bus passes, their winter fuel, and their state pensions, which have been raised in this week's Budget, are not sustainable.

    I usually rail against divide and rule policies, but insofar as there is needless waste within the welfare state, most of it's going to this lot.
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    I was astonished to stumble across this article - I believe it is a stark truth. The baby boomers have ruined our prospects and will continue to do so even after they are in the earth, as we will have to pay down their freebies.

    The jobless and disabled are suffering while the welfare state for pensioners is protected from cuts. Their free TV licences, their bus passes, their winter fuel, and their state pensions, which have been raised in this week's Budget, are not sustainable.

    I usually rail against divide and rule policies, but insofar as there is needless waste within the welfare state, most of it's going to this lot.
    It's good to see you being objective about the welfare state
 
 
 
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