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Carl-Henning Wijkmark

The Modern Death

A number of scientists, politicians and intellectuals gather at a conference centre by Öresund to privately discuss the issue of how to solve the demographic problem. Fewer and fewer people have to support more and more, while people are showing less of an inclination to die.

During the discussions two options are carved out. One is based on the introduction of strong incentives for people to voluntarily end their lives, the second is based on significantly more proactive screening. Someone raises the issue of the ethical problems, but the practical perspective appears to prevail.

When this satire was written the problem of the aging population was rather hypothetical. Today it is a central issue that employs every social scientist and it breaks into every political discussion on the preservation of the welfare system and no one seems to be able to see a definitive solution.

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Carl-Henning Wijkmark was born in Stockholm in 1934. After university studies in Sweden and abroad, he worked as a journalist and literary critic, as a translator and teacher at the University of Stockholm. He has been a full-time writer for more than twenty-five years and has published novels, essays, as well as plays, many of…

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A number of scientists, politicians and intellectuals gather at a conference centre by Öresund to privately discuss the issue of how to solve the demographic problem. Fewer and fewer people have to support more and more, while people are showing less of an inclination to die.

During the discussions two options are carved out. One is based on the introduction of strong incentives for people to voluntarily end their lives, the second is based on significantly more proactive screening. Someone raises the issue of the ethical problems, but the practical perspective appears to prevail.

When this satire was written the problem of the aging population was rather hypothetical. Today it is a central issue that employs every social scientist and it breaks into every political discussion on the preservation of the welfare system and no one seems to be able to see a definitive solution.

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