Whilst Dr. Phil is far from a reliable source of economic information, however he was interviewing Ben Stein, a top US economist, when Stein mentioned an interesting point that to date I haven't heard much discussion on, he said something to the effect of" "The dream of retirement will go down as a passing fantasy of western societies." I can't help but feel that this remark is becoming increasingly likely given the economic requirements of funding the aging population that is living longer and costing more to keep healthy. In my thread - The US Going Bankrupt - I highlighted the difficulty economies like the US would have in sustaining an elderly population and I can't help but feel that the time where the majority of individuals will be required to work until they are 70 or even 75 is fast approaching. I can vividly see a future where "retirement" prior to the age of 70 is reserved only for the social elite and being "retired" will be a word used to describe those that are physical unable to work anymore. So is the idea of retirement just a silly western fantasy?