The Welfare State Can Survive the Great Aging

Workers spend their whole lives producing wealth for society, only to be told that being provided for in old age is impossible. It’s not a rollback ordinary people should accept.

Illustration by Simon Bailly / Sepia

Alongside the warming of the climate, the aging of the population — most prominently in the rich world but increasingly in poor countries as well — represents the most profound shift in the human condition we will face as the century advances. Global life expectancy, which stood at under 47 years in 1950, exceeds 72 today. That is a […]

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