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UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) Digging Deeper CLV: April 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Theodore Roszak, The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of
America's Most Audacious Generation (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society
Publishers, 2009).
[Thesis. The aging Boomer generation has practical utopias envisioned in the Sixties
the potential to achieve a values-changing (Paul Goodman's dual economy, John
social revolution.] Kenneth Galbraith's cyclically graduated
compensation, and Robert Theobald's
Acknowledgments. "[T]he good people at guaranteed annual income) were
Second Journey" and the Gray Panthers of disappeared (137-64).
Berkeley (ix).
Ch. 7: The Doors of Perception. The
Ch. 1: Maturity Rules. The prominence of aging of the generation that produced the
aging in the U.S., Europe, and Japan is a psychedelic drug culture will be a rich
sustained demographic trend (1-7). "The spiritual harvest (165-92).
elder culture . . . promises to be the road
toward a saner, more compassionate, more Ch. 8: Aging and the Alpha Male. With
sustainable world" (8; 8-17). insights gained from feminism, this
generation will overcome the "false elders"
Ch. 2: Boomers: Act Two. Musings on the of the alpha-male traditional culture and
Sixties (19-26). The political impact of the embrace a more healthy, balanced
Baby Boomers elicited a strong conservative psychology (193-208).
reaction (26-33). Historical circumstances
(the endgame of "urban-industrial society") Ch. 9: Love, Loyalty and the End of Sex.
favor this generation (33-40). The Boomer generation experimented boldly
with sex, but will grow into a philosophy of
Ch. 3: You Say You Want a Revolution. "loyalty as, if not the highest then at least
Boomers' longevity is a fruit of reforms the final, stage of love" (222; 209-23).
spurred by the horrors of the Industrial
Revolution (41-45). "[L]ongevity is good (46; Ch. 10: Ecology and Longevity. Dismissal
45-50). AARP is an indicator of their political of doomsday environmental perspectives
clout (50-55). Their enemies are on the right (225-51).
(55-70).
Ch. 11: Welcome to Eldertown.
Ch. 4: Elder Insurgency. Maggie Kuhn, Redesigning urban space for a post-
elder visionary and founder of the Gray automobile society (253-66). Alternatives to
Panthers (71-74). Elders must combat those current models of retirement (266-77).
who regard them as an expensive problem
(74-80). "So what?" if health care costs are Ch. 12: Something Eternal. Tolstoy's The
spiraling: they should be seen as a Death of Ivan Ilych (279-81). A letter to the
productive investment (86; 80-90). Elder author's daughter after surviving a medical
voluntarism can give rise to a crisis: "[N]one of the 'little' things are really
"compassionate sector" of the economy (90- little" (282; 282-84). Thornton Wilder's Our
94). The rich and right-wing will fight against Town (284-86).
this—and lose (94-98). Prediction: a
Appendix—From Counter Culture to
rebellion of private caregivers will provide a
Elder Culture: Issues and Insights for
turning point (98-104).
Discussion. 8 pp.
Ch. 5: Entitlements for Everyone.
Endnotes. 6 pp.
Extending the entitlements of the welfare
state in the face of neoconservative
Index. 6 pp.
resistance is this generation's mission (105-
35). About the Author. Theodore Roszak is
best known for The Making of a Counter
Ch. 6: Utopia Revisited—An Exercise in
Culture, published in the late 1960s, but he
Cultural Anthropology. How three
has written 14 other nonfiction works and
five novels. He was educated at UCLA and
Princeton and taught at Stanford, the Univ. of
British Columbia, San Francisco State, and
the State Univ. of California—East Bay. He
and his wife Betty live in Berkeley.

[Additional information. Theodore
Roszak was born in 1933; he was 76 when
he published this book. His Ph.D. from
Princeton is in History. In the 1960s he
edited a pacifist newspaper in London (Peace
News). Among his other titles are
Masculine/Feminine (1969); Where the
Wasteland Ends (1972); Unfinished Animal:
The Aquarian Frontier and the Evolution of
Consciousness (1975); Person/Planet: The
Creative Disintegration of Industrial Society
(1979); From Satori to Silicon Valley (1986);
The Cult of Information (1986); The Voice of
the Earth (1992); The Gendered Atom
(1999); World Beware! American
Triumphalism in an Age of Terror (2006).
Among his novels are Pontifex (1974) and
Flicker (1991), about an apocalyptic religious
sect that grows out of movie culture.]

[Critique. This hopeful middlebrow volume
is social analysis lite: long on lists and
possibilities and short on facts. The
perspectives it offers are intriguing and sane,
but are completely disconnected from the
terms of debate that dominate contemporary
American politics.]

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