"The state does not automatically represent public interest — in fact it increasingly represents the interest of the electing demography (pensioners, political party funders, the interest of nationals as opposed to the global long term public interest)."
"It is precisely because generations tend to be selfish that cohort size matters. Young people are more affected by the outcomes of the democratic process than other cohorts; their youth means that by and large they will live with the consequences of political decisions for longer. The nature of public policy, especially on issues that impact directly on intergenerational fairness such as the pension system and infrastructure investment, is such that even where policy decisions are ostensibly reversed, the impact of the initial decision cannot be fully eliminated.""The only thing more difficult than starting something new in an organization is stopping something old." - Ackoff