Addenda

16 May

"The Caregiving Society"

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 05/16/05

Professor Peter Augustine Lawler, a guest on volumes 56 and 71 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, attends to the dilemmas of Social Security in an aging nation and the idea of an "ownership society" in the Spring 2005 issue of The New Atlantis.

The Spring 2005 issue of The New Atlantis includes an article by Peter Augustine Lawler, a guest on volumes 56 and 71 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal. In "The Caregiving Society," Lawler takes the possibility of Social Security reform as an occasion to explore society's attitudes towards aging, the young and old, freedom, independence, care-giving and -receiving, and families and individuals. Members of American society are obsessed with youth and self-reliance and find it increasingly difficult to both give and receive care, writes Lawler. He demonstrates, throughout the six sections of the article, that "Lives moved by a veneration of independence threaten to leave us unprepared for dependence, and thus increase the burdens and challenges of long-term care."

The full text of "The Caregiving Society" is available on-line. [Posted May 2005, ALG]