I’m fully aware that bashing Baby Boomers is hardly original. Various people from George Carlin to former Clinton aide Paul Begala have excoriated that vile abomination of a generation (sorry Robert Lindsay). However, I’m not going to write this post to lambaste boomers for their torrent of cultural crimes.
That’s because their economic and political crimes soundly trump their various cultural pathologies. Under the negligent watch of the boomers, economic inequality has soared, our current boomer infested congress is the worst in memory, and work has become thoroughly degrading. The same people who used to preach “free love” and made sex, drugs, and rebellion defining features of their generation now demonize millennials as lazy, shiftless, and prone to instant gratification. They’re the same people who self-righteously and hypocritically lecture us about personal responsibility and hard work, despite having had the world handed to them on a silver platter. They’re the same people who think that millennials should be grateful to acquire multiple worthless degrees and unpaid internships just to enjoy a decent job beyond flipping burgers.
In short, these are the people who are responsible for the decay and ultimate death of the United States. Even if they were to magically extirpate their polluted cultural outlook, the economic and political system that they established will continue to render life increasingly inhospitable for younger generations. Young whites will increasingly become a minority on account of the boomers having few children while simultaneously demanding countless benefits as they age. That’s where armies of low-skilled immigrants come in. Young people will continue to be plagued by crippling debt and an eternal Sisyphean task, because boomers have made college degrees all the more necessary while increasingly rendering said degrees useless. Finally, should these young people manage to eventually secure a solid career and make it, they’ll find aging profoundly difficult. They can forget about social security or any other benefits that aging boomers will suck dry.
Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh on these feckless former free lovers. After all, every great civilization and economy has tanked and declined at some point in world history. One could also argue that the boomers were unlucky in that they assumed power around the same time that rising economic giants and foreign competitors such as China began to make their presence felt. It is true that boomers didn’t get to enjoy the relative lack of foreign competition that previous elites could take for granted.
Nevertheless, it’s difficult to forgive the boomers when they are the ones who have promoted wasteful spending, reckless free trade, and disloyal outsourcing. Boomers hardly invented these various economic ills, but at the bare minimum they have been greatly exacerbated under their watch.
Given the barren wasteland that the boomers have bequeathed to us, what amazes me is that there hasn’t been more youth unrest. After all, the boomers were aggressively rebellious during their youth, despite enjoying greater freedom and opportunities than today’s young people can even imagine. The best we millennials could do under far worse conditions was Occupy Wall Street.
This is why it’s all the more imperative that young people unplug from pop culture and become informed about current events. If more young people can unplug themselves from the Matrix, they can break away from the pretty lies of their parents and teachers. Armed with greater knowledge, passion, and a greater sense of indignation, they can then work towards actually creating an economically sustainable society.
Then, when young whites no longer have to worry about finding a decent job, they can focus on remedying our increasingly dysfunctional society. Also, the next time some cranky boomer derides millennials as lazy, kindly remind him that we didn’t destroy the economy. That ought to shut him up.