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Oh, it'll happen, all right. It just won't happen to a schedule. You'll be retired when your company is bought out, when your engineering degree is out-dated, when you have a disability that lasts a few months but throws a wrench in your career, etc. The dirty secret of this world is that most early retirees did not do so voluntarily.

The article you cite points out that businesses don't much want workers over 40. They harm productivity. They are tired, old, more likely to have health issues, and they have "old" ideas rather than the new ones.

It is the people who plan to work until they're 70 or 75 who are living in a dream world. Careers are trending shorter, and it ain't gonna change.

There just aren't enough jobs around for everyone who thinks they need a job. The leisure world where robots and computers do much of the work gets closer by the day. People who need a job to feel important are going to be very unhappy. At least Europe has a dole, a safety net, for those who get left on the sidelines. You don't have to retire to a yacht, you can retire to a camper or a backpacker's retreat. In the U.S. I predict chaos. Formerly middle-class people who lose their money and privileges create revolutions, they are not happy to hang with their Pabst Blue Ribbon at the trailer like someone who has been a hillbilly all his life.

My guess is if you didn't like the home-grown self-appointed revolutionaries blowing crap up in the 60s and 70s (and who did?) just wait 10-15 years for the next wave of Grey revolutionaries.
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