The author who wrote about the Baby Boomer Counter Culture revolution in the 1960s has returned with a new book predicting an “elder insurgency” where boomers return to take up what they left undone in their youth.
Theodore Roszak in 1968 wrote “The Making of a Counter Culture”. Its subtitle was: “Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition”.
That was us, youthful opposition to war, discrimination, The Man.
Then we grew up to be The Man and The Woman.
And Roszak is at it again, writing in his new “The Making of an Elder Culture” that the Baby Boomers are positioned again to make a cultural and political difference. The book is subtitled: “Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation”.
“Aging,” Roszak writes in his forward, “brings with it an ecology that may be the most important new force in public policy since the environmental movement began.”
“What will our world be like when there are more people above the age of 50 (or 60 or 70) than below, people whose highest needs are for compassion, companionship, philosophical insight, and a modestly sustainable way of life? I look at this and say, ‘Good!'”
There’s an interview with Roszak on the AARP web site.