As suggested by the title, this book is composed as a letter to the generation born in 2011-2013, a generation which upon graduation will face the dire consequences of the failures of those now in charge of economic and environmental policies. These policies are based on conservative and neoconservative thought and entail growing public and private debts, erosion of democratic structures, cancellation of generational contracts (education, health insurance, pensions), and environmental degradation. All these issues, and some others, are addressed in the book.
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Reinhard Illner is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has published more than a hundred articles on applied mathematics topics in professional journals, as well as a research monograph on "The mathematical theory of dilute gases", and a textbook on "Mathematical modelling: A case studies approach". The present book (letter) is a collection of personal impressions and concerns regarding the state of democracy, social structures, and the environment, with a view towards the future. Reinhard enjoys mathematics, music, the outdoors. His hobbies include rock- and mountain climbing, playing the accordion, reading and collecting jokes.
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