I will be on a panel discussion on the afternoon of March 21st at UCLA. Topic is “Aging in a Majority Minority Nation.” This panel and a morning session will be held at DeNeve Commons.
Here’s a link to my Washington Post Review of Hedrick Smith’s WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?
Here is a link to my new article on why boomers need to “fix their bad brand.” Boomers have a lousy generational image, largely because of “boomers bashing boomers.” We are our own worst enemies in many instances.
There’s a new article in today’s (Sunday’s) WashPost on how the Santorum-Romney battle is dividing the GOP along income and cultural lines. Wealthy, non-sectarian Republicans favoring a cool managerial approach favor Romney; those with strong religious orientations and generally “downscale” Republicans favor Santorum. As the Post article points out this is the familiar “wine track/beer [...]
Book review: ‘Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010′ by Charles Murray
The author uses data to detail inequality’s cultural and sociological roots but ignores key factors.
February 12, 2012|By Frederick Lynch, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The State of White America, 1960-2010
Crown Forum: 407 pp., [...]
There are a number of trenchant articles on the political demography shaping up in the 2012 elections. Several reports have pointed out the increasingly important swing vote of the white, working/middle class. Robert Reich in a San Francisco Chronicle Op Ed lamented the neglect of public institutions, especially schools and universities. But the crucial variable [...]
The “civil war” that has broken out in the GOP presidential primary between what Ronald Brownstein aptly terms the “managers” and the “populists” mirrors my own discussion of a deep cultural, class and political fault line running through the baby boomer generation. I discuss this in Chapter 3 of ONE NATION UNDER AARP. It is [...]
Many are hailing President Obama’s Kansas speech as a revival of President Theordore Roosevelt’s “new nationalism” with TR’s rousing attacks on inequality, the role of government in mitigating that inequality and an appeal to “come together through government to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed.” But he left out the [...]
Those interested in preserving Medicare and Social Security should become more aware of a huge bloc of swing voters increasingly anxious about the fates of these popular entitlements: Working and middle class whites without college degrees–especially those in the aging baby boomer generation. I discuss this at some length in several sections of my book [...]
I will be on New Hampshire Public Radio from 9-10 EST discussing my book ONE NATION UNDER AARP. In light of the increasing political discussion about reforming Medicare and Social Security in the context of debt reduction, this conversation should be pretty lively!
Here is the link
Brief BioFrederick R. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. His newest book is One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security and America’s Future (University of California Press, 2011). His previous books include The Diversity Machine (Transaction Paperbacks, 2001) and Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action (Praeger Paperbacks, 1991). He is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters ranging from “Social Theory and the Progressive Era, Theory and Society (1977) to a 2011 chapter on “Politics of Aging Boomers” in Robert Hudson’s new edition of The New Politics of Old Age Policy. A frequent panelist at professional academic conferences, he has been profiled and interviewed by most major newspapers, television networks National Public Radio, etc. Lynch received in B.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. His popular CMC courses include: “Inequality, Politics and Public Policy,” (Gov 113), “Organization of Health Care and Public Policy” (Gov 105) and “Juvenile Delinquency and Public Policy” (Gov 109).
One Nation Under AARP
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Articles and Interviews
Op-Ed Contributor NYTimes: How AARP Can Get Its Groove Back
Examiner.com: Will the real AARP please stand up
High-Stakes Battles Target Social Security, Medicare
Written by: Mark Miller
New book looks at the organization's role in future inter-generational warfare as budget resources shrink.
Will the deficit battle put old against young?
One Nation under AARP- Youtube Clip