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Jonathan Swift’s “Immortals”: Intergenerational Confrontation and Politics Today

  • Elm Institute Library 31 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT, 06510 United States (map)

The intersection of culture, society and finance was presciently revealed by Jonathan Swift in his treatment of “The Immortals” in Gulliver’s Travels. How will the younger generation/millennials react when the economic burden of older people competes with their livelihood, needs, and desires? What are political implications in the not-to-distant battle for economic resources in seemingly mundane budgetary squabbles? Every nation has to grapple with these issues which will become more and more concrete and less and less abstract. Competition among nations will necessarily depend on a culturally derivative structure – the financial system. How do we better understand the role of finance in society? What are the principles and values that allow a society to adapt?

Lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited; those wishing to attend should RSVP to Patrick Hough.

Gene Dattel ‘66 is a cultural and economic historian. More…

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