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How Capitalism Exploits Our Fear of Old Age

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/10/how-capitalism-exploits-our-fear-old-age

And for millennials and younger generations we are fearful if we will even get to old age.


From the article: “Look at media, from advertising to news, that portray aging almost exclusively in terms of loss - of physical and mental abilities, rewarding work, money, romance, and dignity.”

What gets my goat is every late night comedian making fun of Bernie Sanders purely through derogatory, stigmatizing ageism. It probably does as much to undermine his viability as a candidate than anything the Biden camp of Dems can throw at him. It may be even worse to be old than to be a socialist.


I hear that. Your fear is absolutely legitimate, and it breaks my heart.


Hopefully more millenials like AOC will be elected to help millenials AND the rest of us. Too many of my fellow boomers drank too much of the propaganda kool-aid.


Why would you want to get to old age? I was born in the last year of the ‘official’ Baby Boom years and given the economic implosion and climate catastrophe that are both coming faster than anyone anticipated, why does anyone your age desire to (a) procreate or (b) have long life?

This is not a rhetorical question. I have tried to reason out an answer, but I can’t come up with a single reason for either. So please enlighten me.

Because it beats the alternative.


Yep. If there is no afterlife after all I’d rather have my experience here last as long as possible, even if it is not necessarily a happy one, before having my consciousness disappear to the void of nothingness.


With the knowledge you already have, your gut is telling you a truth. While gut feelings and actions are not always dependable, I have found that intuition (the gut) is highly dependable.
There are any number of reasons to go childless that are sound and not selfish.
My two sons, middle aged now, have become nearly confirmed bachelors. They see the value in not adding to our over population. But hey, it’s a free country, isn’t it?

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Imagine that you lived forever ,what then of fear !
Perhaps it’s not a question that life is guaranteed but how will you live .
The universe only asks one question who are you ?
Do you believe in this multiverse that you get 90 years at most some babies die in chid birth! .There’s so much more going on here I believe.


getting old while you’re poor is just torture for sport.

the “golden girls” model is for the middle class and better.


E, have always loved that scene and from what I recently read, he improvised and was slapped for it.

A fav movie of mine for it’s presentiment about the future. Or so it felt then and feels now.

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Some very right on points here the primary being, ageism is alive and thriving in many arenas.

It came as a bit of a disappointment that that hurdle was yet there to be jumped but then, many of the other isms aren’t doing too bad either.

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That scene is very powerful for me also Linda. The music of Vangelis is ethereal and timeless and made the film magical. Its too bad Rutger is no longer with us. Peace


As an emigrant from software-design land, I’m particularly incensed at the role of unnecessarily chaotic design churn making everybody (particularly duffers) feel like idiots. Usually it’s treated as a joke: only a kid can open the kidproof jar – but it’s getting to be a very old joke that is making all our lives more bewildering and miserable. Just as corporate rule has failed us in all other regards, it has failed to appropriately respond to technology. Today’s ceaseless “upgrades” are used mainly to victimize, rather than liberate, and the shitty state of software-design is just one splendid feature.

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Althouth I agree with most of this article, I think that refering to
“dearie” or “old dude” as a “microaggression” is a hypersensitivity
we would do well to avoid. If someone called me “old dude”, I would
not feel offended. Let’s be a little less quick to rebuke each other.

Richard Stallman, age 66

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Now pushing 72 (an age I could barely even imagine when much younger), two things have become clear - getting old does not happen in the way the culture prepares us to expect; and old people have had the experience of being young, but not the other way around. I can both remember what it was like to be young, and understand that from my former youthful perspective, it was impossible to anticipate the actual reality of it. With the exception of diminished physical capacities, it ain’t bad at all.

Capitalism exploits all our fears at any age.

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