Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Wrestler

Baby Boomer line of the week: "I'm an old broken down piece of meat and I'm alone... I just don't want you to hate me." -The Wrestler

No, it's cool, a life of ideological narcissism at the expense of the next generation, no prob... oh, it's all crashing and all that you care about is that we don't hate you? not, "you're sorry" or "oops" even... No wonder the boomer press loved the movie... generational cop out... And then, after his one attempt to grow up is met with resistance: back to drugs, feeling good, living in the moment and leaving the next generation to deal with it... Awesome 

Debt Slavery: Forward

According to government data, compiled by the Treasury Department at the request of SmartMoney.com, the federal government is withholding money from a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans. 


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gen X critiques the Millenials

This Saturday Night Live skit is a great Dig at Millenial vices by some Gen Xers

Saturday Night Live: You Can Do Anything

The Millenials have another vice -herd mentality, which can be dangerous with a demagogue in politics...

SOLITUDE is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Generational War

Working on a longer piece about the Silent Generation's role in all of this -they are likely to be the only generation in US history without a President, being sandwiched between the huge egos of the GI's and the Boomers... but thought this was an interesting, blunt statement:
 Older voters, for obvious reasons, don't really care that the country's finances are unsustainable (they'll be dead by the time it matters). Older voters also have a big personal stake in things staying pretty much the same (they're now transitioning from paying for government to getting paid by government).
Younger voters, meanwhile, don't like the fact that the country they will soon inherit is charging headlong toward a cliff. They also don't like the super-high unemployment rate, record-high student-loan debt, and the fact that the American dream that their parents enjoyed seems to be evaporating.
In other words, what Ron Paul is now tapping into is a developing war between generations, one that will only get more intense in the coming decades.
Half of voters under 30 just just voted for Ron Paul. Half.
The Washington establishment (and America) dismisses that at their peril.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Newt Gingrich and Boomers' Daddy Complex

Newt Gingrich’s remarks at a New Hampshire debate crystallized something about baby-boomers, more specifically, activist baby-boomers. 
Newt said, “My father was in fact serving in Vietnam in the Me-Kong delta at the time he (Congressman Paul) is referring to. I think I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like as a family to worry about your family getting killed.”
This is from an ideologically activist baby-boomer.  His activism is of the “Right”.  It is militaristic, full of braggadocio about United States military power and the use of force.  At a previous foreign policy debate he mentioned that his father was a life-long infantryman which caused Newt to realize that National Security was so important that he should… study it.  So he got a PhD and was in graduate school during the Vietnam War, which his sort described at the time as a crusade against Communism, a vital National Security issue I would imagine.
What makes all of this exemplary of baby boomer activism, which we usually associate with the left (for example the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Berkeley protestors, etc.) is the underlying assumption that the GI Generation will always be there.  Newt’s Dad will be fighting the Commies so he can study policy.  Forever.  Conversely, on the left, the economic engines (GM, HP, IBM) and civilizational pillars (marriage, civil liberties, work) will always be there but we can liberate our sexual desires among this economic plenty and seek a more just allocation of the economic fruits and the pleasures it can buy.
The sort of left of the baby boomers, progressives, are trying to make the world one big pre-school playground where everything is equal and fair, and everyone is a great artist and really good at playing with sand… literally retarding any progression at all… and then the sort of right wing opposition to them, self-labeled conservatives, who have little awareness of anything cultural or essential that they want to conserve, just want to make sure that everyone doesn’t sin.  So they pass laws outlawing sin, imagining that this will make everyone go to some sort of bland bourgeois heaven, a cul de sac in the clouds that backs onto an absolutely divine golf course.  
Because they both assume that what their daddies built will endure to under gird and fund their a priori ideological missions, both are intellectually static, and stasis is death.
The GI generation is almost completely gone and the institutions and prosperity they built are crumbling.  Will any Boomer grow up and lead the rebuilding? 
Probably not, they are so obsessed with their fathers’ legacies –either in awe of or hateful of them, that they are currently paralyzed in infantile inaction –just look and the Super Committee.

Mortgaging the Kids