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Baby Boomers of ColorImplications for Social Work Policy and Practice$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163019

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.001.0001

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Two Perspectives on Baby Boomers

Two Perspectives on Baby Boomers

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Baby Boomers of Color

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines two philosophical or political perspectives on baby boomers: generational equity and intergenerational equity. Each viewpoint takes a dramatically different view of the financial interactions and obligations between generations and thus offers different “solutions” to the economic problems we face. The generational equity perspective pits one generation against another in a bid for the nation's resources. It argues that every generation must be responsible for itself, thus prizing individualism and self-sufficiency. The intergenerational equity perspective emphasizes the importance of valuing all generations. Those favoring the intergenerational equity position acknowledge that Social Security needs modest adjustments both to help ensure its viability for future generations and also to redress unfairness built into the system. However, they insist that we as a society must not lose sight of social justice and moral justifications.

Keywords:   baby boomers, baby boomer generation, generational equity, intergenerational equity, Social Security, social justice

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