Outside the Box: Why does the early-retirement movement have so many haters?

What could possibly be wrong with saving like crazy, so you can retire early? That’s the notion behind the Financial Independence/Retire Early, or FIRE, movement. Yet lately, I’ve read a lot of carping about FIRE, both in articles and in the emails I receive.

Just last week, those complaints got yet another airing in The Wall Street Journal. Earlier, Suze Orman weighed in, arguing you need at least $5 million to retire early. “I hate it,” she said of the FIRE movement.

Read: ‘Radical savers’ shred trader for backing Suze Orman on early retirement

The complaints prompted a recent rejoinder from one of FIRE’s leading evangelists, Mr.

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