Generation Debt

Generation Debt

Why Now Is A Terrible Time to Be Young

Book - 2006
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An emerging spokesperson for a new generation passionately and persuasively addresses the grim state of young people today-and tells us how we can, and must, save our future. The nature of youth is to question. So when twenty-four-year-old Anya Kamenetz started out as a journalist, she began asking hard questions about her generation for which no one seemed to have good answers. Why were college students nationwide graduating with an average of more than $20,000 in student loans? Why were her friends thousands of dollars in credit-card debt? Why did so many jobs for people under thirty-five involve a plastic name badge, last only for the short-term, and not include benefits? With record deficits and threats to Social Security, what kind of future was shaping up for the nation's kids? Kamenetz became one of the youngest ever columnists for The Village Voice, where she earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her reporting on the new economics of being young. In Generation Debt, she talks to experts in economics, labor markets, the health-care industry, and education, and amasses a startling array of evidence that building a secure life, let alone surviving, is harder for young people today than it was thirty years ago. Like Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, Generation Debtis a compelling day-to-day look at the life experiences behind a massive economic shift. Like Naomi Klein's No Logo, it is a deeply researched, rousing manifesto that will get you thinking in new ways about American values-and about America's future.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781594489075
Branch Call Number: 330.97300842 KAM
Characteristics: xv, 265 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 01, 2014

As to be expected, no thoughtful solutions from grads from Yale [or Harvard or Princeton], just more of the same status quo pablum! While seeking to divide and conquer the generations, instead Kamenetz devolves to a state of ignorance. Allow me to sum of what should of been said with one pithy phrase: the dismantling of the American economy, with those doing the dismantling receiving their multi-billions in profit. [The elites of the so-called Greatest Generation - - Rockefeller, Morgan, Mellon, du Pont, Harriman, et al., surely designed this path she chooses to blame on another.]

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