09/17/2017 (Sun) 05:06:10
It's understandable to want to understand groups of people in terms of "generations", but in the end, we're all individuals.
The "Baby Boomers" were born from the early 1940s to the early-to-mid 1960s, with some variation depending on which demographer you talk to. I've seen some demographers use 1945-1965. Of course, depending on when you were born in that span, you will have had very different experiences in life.
If you were born male in 1945, for example, there's a very good chance you would have had a draft number for Vietnam. If you were born in 1958 or later, there would have been no chance of that.
If you were born in the early-to-mid 1940s, you would have come of age and started working during a period of relative prosperity. Assuming you didn't get sent to 'Nam, you would have had a foundation for later prosperity. But if you were born in 1960-1965, you would have come of age and started working during the recession of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Not only could you not find a job, but gasoline was absurdly expensive. There was even rationing. Starting your career with unemployment, underemployment, or depressed wages can affect the trajectory of your entire working life.
So I try to avoid painting all "Baby Boomers" with the same broad brush. Certainly, plenty of them are disgusting, self-centered pigs, whose attitude is "Après moi, le déluge." If you've never read Douglas Coupland's book Generation X, you should. It is, in part, a critique of those attitudes. But other Boomers are currently living--and will "retire" and die--in poverty, really through no fault or lack of planning of their own.
The solution isn't generation war, but class war. As the middle class continues to disappear, more of us are going to be shoved into poverty than into wealth. It's very much to the advantage of the engineers of this class disparity to keep us focused on other things like race, transgenderism (why do you think trannies are fucking EVERYWHERE in the media in the past 5 years or so) and red state/blue state shitflinging. Meanwhile, the capitalist class donates money to candidates of all political persuasions, sometimes even the two candidates facing off against each other, because they don't really care that much who wins, as long as that person is buyable and will stay bought. And now, with Citizens United, they can buy politicians more easily than ever.