Cornelius Adablah (PhD) | David Ackah (PhD)
The world is in crisis and one of the reasons for that is the excessive debt held by people, companies, and countries. The west is especially hit hard because of the profligacy of the last three decades starting from the 1970s, which have resulted in a consumerist lifestyle, and an accumulation of debt at all levels of society. The acceleration of this trend during the 1990s and the 2000s with the inevitable implosion happening in 2008 meant that the world and particularly the west are sitting on a time bomb that can explode anytime. As people, companies, and countries in the west pay down the debt, they are faced with a choice of either curbing the present consumption and paying down the debt accumulated so far or taking on more debt to pay off the existing debt and bankrupting future generations. In other words, as all levels of society take on more debt to continue the present consumption, the situation is such that this debt has to be paid off sometime in the future and most likely, the future generations would be saddled with this debt. Like a head of the family who accumulates, debts and leaves to the future to pay it back, all levels of society in the west are continuing the present unsustainable way of living.
Keywords: Government Bond, Bankrupting Future Generations