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Our Aging World


Make sure you see Ramesh’s Bloomberg View column today. He highlights the work of Nicholas Eberstadt, a demographer at the American Enterprise Institute and a name you ought to know. And he shows why the people most alert to the consequences of the aging of American society — including the disastrous fiscal consequences that would result from a failure to reform our entitlement system — are often nonetheless relatively sanguine about America’s future. If you think our demographic future looks bad, just take a gander at those of our most serious competitors and rivals around the world. America’s got problems, but we wouldn’t want to be China, Europe, or Japan.