A Generation of Sociopaths

  • by Bruce Cannon Gibney
  • Narrated by Wayne Pyle
  • 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What happens when a society is run by people who are antisocial? Welcome to baby boomer America.
In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. A former partner in a leading venture capital firm, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations.
Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts - acting, in other words, as sociopaths - the boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible - and when, not coincidentally, boomers will be dying off.
Gibney, whose 2011 essay "What Happened to the Future?" transfixed the investment world, argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the boomers accountable and begin restoring America. Distilling deep research into a witty, colorful indictment of the boomers and an urgent defense of the once-unquestioned value of society, A Generation of Sociopaths is poised to become one of the most controversial books of the year.
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An outstanding example of excellent research & use of empirical data to support an opinionated view of 20th social change in USA

I think what it is great about this book is how research and empirical data has been used to support deeply opinionated views. It is norm in the use of the scientific method to veer away from bias to ensure that the research and work undertaking is considered based on the data and not on the biases of the author.

I strongly believe that the reason why "spin" and other forms of discrediting facts to justify behaviour is become easier due to the noble and professional attitude of researchers to state only what the empirical data shows.

Research in social and economic sciences is more bias and there tends to be disagreements between authors on the way data is been interpreted.

It is really refreshing to see how the author's blunt opinions do not seem to descend into statements of fact that cannot be challenged.

In my opinion the Author has been as thorough as possible to support his views with empirical data and it seems to be challenging society/readers to get involved in fixing the issue.

What I find refreshing is, the bluntness with an open and positive attitude to engage in dialogue and promote debate, to elevate the discourse of how to fix the problems of the future and to give a good example of how "experts" and thorough research should be embraced in politics.

I am not from the USA and not a boomer but I can see in my own life experience how "boomer" behaviour is percolated society and it has been passed on to some extend to younger generations.

On a personal note, I have been thinking for the last few years how the western world has lost its "MOJO" and how the "values" that everybody talks about are no longer practiced. This book is helped me pin point what "boomer" behaviours or entitlements I have inherited and will modify to ensure I take responsibility in ensuring I don't pass on to the future generations unnecessary burden.

I think as Bruce eloquently puts it, society is worth the effort and rather blame or punish "boomers" I will use this book as a learnt experience to live within my means and preach by example to pass on this important message.

We have all benefited from the scientific, medical and technological advances the world has produced up to the end of the 20th century. This advances have been made mostly by governmental, altruistic and personal investment with the goal of discovery and understanding the world we live in.

If current "values" of profit at all cost, greed and reduction of taxes and state were prevalent in the early 20th century they world we live in would be very different indeed.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio