Some say “the Millennials are taking over,” but according to Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor, the world they’re inheriting is shaky at best. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring daily, the potential for medicare and social security to rest on the shoulders of the young is at an all-time high. Known as the tech savvy children and grandchildren of the Boomers, Taylor says Millennials have contributed to today’s polarized politics and changing social norms. The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown outlines the many conflicts between new and old. When the Boomers all retire and the Millennials are still faced with unemployment, Taylor says a truce — both economically and socially — must be achieved in order to make it through the pending “generational war” of economics. Taylor is Pew’s Executive Vice President of Special Projects.
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