Posts Tagged ‘greatest generation’

Baby Boomers as Explained by Gen X

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

How do you explain the historical and cultural train wreck that is the Boomers to kids who will be born in 2030? Perhaps a metaphor is in order.

Boomer goes to Greatest Gen dad and explains that all the cool kids have cars and he wants one too. Greatest dad got a greater job after the war and cashed out like in Vegas, so he buys Boomer a brand new Mustang for his 16th birthday. Boomer rushes off to show his friends without even saying thanks.

Boomer drives car around for years going to parties, protests, and concerts. He eats in it, has sex in it, and sleeps in it. He doesn’t take care of it because he thought he was too good for auto shop. He uses low octane gas, never changes the oil or even washes it.

After years of driving around he comes upon a hitch hiker named Gen X. Boomer offers Gen X a ride. X notices that the car smells like cheap brick weed and the interior is spattered in semen but against his better judgment he gets in anyway. Boomer starts lecturing X about how Cream is the greatest band of all time. X starts to believe vinyl records were truly superior to digital audio. X tries to be like Boomer but fails, Boomer says X has no purpose, is spoiled and ungrateful. Boomer threatens to kick X out of the car so X shuts up. Boomer has one too many to drinks and drives the car into a ditch then blames X for not warning him.

After X helps Boomer get the car back on the road they continue on eventually coming upon another hitch hiker named Millennial who gets in the back seat. X started to warn Millennial about Boomer’s driving but just put on his headphones instead.

The price of gas goes up so Boomer starts charging X. “Gas, grass or ass, no one rides for free!” Millennial thinks this is a good idea and tries to change the radio station. Boomer protests but Millennial explains what all the cool kids are listening to and it’s not that shitty stuff from the 90s. X is so uncool.

The car starts to run out of gas, and X doesn’t have anything in his wallet so Boomer asks Millennial to chip in. Millennial is paying off student loans on his retail job at the Gap and stages a protest like the ones he heard about from Boomer’s stories about the 60s. Boomer gets pissed and threatens to get Millennial fired. Millennial tries to explain how Boomer’s behavior caused X to go broke and the price of gas to skyrocket.

Boomer is pissed. He pulls over to the side of the road and picks up a few Mexican fruit vendors which start to crowd out Millennial. Boomer makes X ride in the trunk. X has not eaten in days and is too weak to stop Boomer anyway. Boomer picks up more Mexicans. Mexicans don’t chip in for gas as expected. Millennial is now angry and confused. Boomer tells Millennial not to worry, besides look, tacos!

A few more miles down the road the car blows a tire. Boomer blames Millennial for not warning him but Millennial couldn’t warn him because of all the Ranchero music playing in the back seat. Boomer gets out to inspect the tire as if he could change it anyway, but lack of ability never stopped Boomer from believing his can do anything. He is special that way.

Boomer notices there are traffic spikes spanning the road.

From out of nowhere Generation Zyklon bashes Boomer over the head with a tire iron. He take the keys and lets X out of the trunk. Millennial tries to get behind the wheel but X smacks him a few times. X and Zyklon throw out the Mexican hitch hikers. Boomer keeps calling them racists but they just tell Boomer that Hitler loves them. Millennial didn’t notice the eviction because he was looking at p0rn on his phone.

X tells Boomer to start walking. He tells Boomer Hendrix, Joplin and Lennon are having an impromptu jam session over the hill in a faraway land and he should hurry before he misses out. X, Millennial and Zyklon change the tires, service the engine, and clean the dirt off the Mustang before heading back to the town Greatest lived in.

Somewhere in the distance Boomer is muttering to himself about how cool it is to go green and give up his car. He always wanted to see the world anyway. Life begins at 70.

Conservative Martyrs

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

As we look back over the wreckage of the past two centuries, a time during which Leftist power steadily increased, we have to wonder: why are our conservatives so inept?

The first reason of course is that people love to be on the winning side, and the Left with its policy of social inclusion is always more popular in terms of sheer numbers. However, among groups of the notoriously competent, conservative ideals — or at least unarticulated gut-level instincts — prevail.

Another reason may be that conservatives defeat themselves by misunderstanding conservatism. The root of conservatism, or the Right, has been with us since the dawn of time, but it was formalized in response to the French Revolution: the Right were those who liked the way things were before, and the Left were the egalitarians who wanted a world based on Enlightenment™-era conjectures about equality and universalism.

For the Right, this meant that defeat was a foregone conclusion. The old order had been replaced, and we were trying to carry it forward as a values system, using Leftist methods as a basis for its justification. This perverted what we knew, and created a hybrid which in the nature of all hybrids, defaulted toward the simpler of its two parents: Leftism.

Out of this duality of mindset we got lots of brave and bold posturing about “standing athwart progress, yelling ‘stop'” and other forms of martyrdom. A martyr wins by losing — as opposed to civilizations, which lose by winning and then attracting parasites — and sacrificing himself to his cause.

Only, if the martyr does not die, he might as well enjoy a few well-earned comforts of life…

This leads us to the mentality of conservatives. They have abandoned winning, which would involve restoring civilization as it was in 1788, with aristocrats, strong nationalism and culture, hierarchy and a values system including an inherently but not explicitly transcendental view of life. They have accepted the enemy within their gates, and are looking for a compromise, which causes them to see themselves as martyrs, and so instead of focusing on the hard task of fixing the decline, they rationalize it and instead, focus on enriching themselves and being socially popular.

In a nutshell, this explains why conservatives are both strikingly ineffective and prone to being selfish and focused on business alone. They have given up on changing society. Instead they concentrate on image and money, religion and virtue signaling, and in fact basically everything that makes them comfortable while ignoring what they should be doing, which is reversing decline.

It is hard to find a clearer statement of this than with this apology for selfishness that justifies ignoring the problem, leading to another generation of fat old conservatives obsessed with money and church, but oblivious to the actual problem and committed to never risking their own fortunes to fix it:

And that’s where the Church must come in. As we go about “being the church” as Chuck liked to say, loving God, loving our neighbors as ourselves, letting our light and good deeds shine before men, pointing toward every human’s true hope in Jesus Christ and God the Father, then we’ll have a greater and greater impact on those around us, and on the culture, and in the end, our local and national politics.

And of course, we can do this only by drawing nearer corporately and individually to Jesus, seeking fellowship with Him and with each other.

Naturally, it is followed by a subtle plea for donations. What is interesting about this article is that it borrows an alt right trope for its minimum truth quotient — because all great lies begin with partial truths, selectively omitting that which does not fit the manipulative narrative to come — by acknowledging that culture is upstream of politics:

We talk a lot on BreakPoint about what the French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul called the “political illusion”—the idea that our problems are primarily political ones with political solutions.

…Politics most often is downstream of culture. Culture will shape politics. And as Chuck said during his final speech, the culture is shaped by “the cult,” its belief system, what people truly believe and care about.

In other words, they want you to replace cultural awareness with religious fanaticism, repeating the same errors that has made conservatism a failure for decades and are guiding the church to lower attendance across the board. We do not want to replace culture with the cult of Christ. We want culture first, and Christianity to fall in line in support of culture.

One reason to enjoy Bruce Charlton — probably the leading Christian reactionary out there — is that he pairs the practical and the spiritual by calling for conversion to Christianity, but a type of Christianity that emphasizes realistic action:

Your choice is simply whether to surrender, as usual, to go-with-the-flow. Or not-to-surrender. To refuse. That is as much as most people are given to ‘fight’ over. Nothing glamourous – simply saying ‘no, I won’t’. It is enough – it is everything.

He is suggesting that conservatives do the opposite of what they have done for centuries: instead of going along with the flow while enriching ourselves and acting out a martyr syndrome by being right instead of effective — it is always easier to make a few statements and then go back to earning money than it is to change the direction of history — as they have been, conservatives need to change direction and focus on resistance to conformity by demanding conservative change instead.

This is news to all the conservative martyrs and wannabe theocrats out there, most of whom are seeing dollar signs for themselves more than a path to victory for their cultures, who are caught in the narcissism/solipsism/individualism/egotism of “the Me Generation” (Baby Boomers) and the previous generation, the “Greatest Generation,” who serve nothing but their own selfish interests at the expense of their nation, and even their religion.

After all, the lesson of Christ is that it is necessary to become spiritually clear, but also to take action. He did not come in peace, but with a sword, dividing us against each other much like Brexit and the Trump election: realists on one side, individualists on another. He overturned tables of money-changers, drove out Pharisees and sophists, and otherwise said NO in the strongest terms possible.

Sadly for them, most conservatives are on the side of the money-changers. They will talk a good game, but all they do is rant a bit to let off steam, then go back to working “hard” at their jobs, hoarding money, paying taxes to those liberal welfare programs, and in their hearts, rationalizing their selfishness by the very fact that they cannot see a way conservatism can win.

Those on the Alt Right have a different message: conservatism not only can win, but must win. Our civilization, long in decline, now has a chance to turn back from the final death-spiral. It is always darkest just before dawn, and one must hit rock bottom in order to climb back up, and this is what the Alt Right wants to do.

To all conservative martyrs, I suggest a different approach. They must redeem themselves by admitting their hubris, changing their ways, and donating half of their hoarded wealth to the Alt Right. Only then will we respect them as moral people of worth. Only then will Generation X stop kicking over their graves and spitting on their memorials, as it is right to do. Only then do they really become… conservatives.

2030: when WWII finally ends

Friday, June 13th, 2014


See, long ago there was a war. This wasn’t the first great war, but the beginnings of all modern wars. There were a bunch of peasants and a few kings. One day the peasants rose up and took over and killed off the kings. Thus began the instability. That was 1789, in a place called France.

The next century spent itself trying to find a balance of power. First there were these wars for removing the kings all over Europe. Then there were wars to get the remaining monarchs in line to oppose the new tidal wave. Then there were those who wanted the monarchs dead. Finally all seemed just about quiet.

Quiet, though, does not mean inactive. It means that the problem did not get solved. And so, tension built. Who would ally with whom? And what kind of order would rule, kings or politicians? What form would that order take, merchant or ideologue? In the meantime, the people — the ones put in power back in 1789 — wanted it all to just go away. So they ignored it.

In 1914, someone sparked off the blast. It doesn’t matter who because it was inevitable anyway. The balance of power was too precarious. And so there were four years of war when many of the best hopes of the future died on battlefields for inches of terrain later given up. Machines crushed their bodies.

That came to an end with no real end. So many were dead and so much destroyed that the sides basically just quit. They were too unstable to wage war anyway. But the resentment festered and so a generation later it launched itself again, this time based on how one ideology had firmed up after the first world war.

Well, the group with that ideology won that second war, and so did another group which adopted part of that ideology. They wanted to not be like the enemy, so they went the other direction, and didn’t want to get taken over by the full ideology of their allies. So the USA took on a mix of the new ideology and its founding myth. “We are fighting for freedom, equality and liberty for all people.” Sounds good.

But then the real problem began. The US found itself the only country with its industry left operational. It also had raised a generation of people in this propaganda, freedom-equality-liberty-for-everyone. They believed they were entitled to anything because they were the good people. They prospered because they had no problem taking things for themselves. They were owed them.

They also produced a “baby boom” because they all had kids. But these kids were raised unlike any other generation in history. They got treated as property, essentially. “You’re here to make me look good,” their parents would say, and the parents never questioned themselves. Why? Because they won the war for freedom for everyone. They were the Good Guys. That could never change!

The baby boom kids really hated their parents, and as a result they hated their country — not just in the USA but in France, the UK and Germany too — and they really hated the war. So they beat it. They came up with a new war, a social war, to bring freedom-equality-liberty-for-everyone to every possible group. This tore society up worse than Russian artillery could have.

These kids were born in 1944-1955 and they really wrecked everything. That was their goal: be like their parents and take everything, but this time, leave a smoking ruin. Because they hated it, all of it. The hypocrisy of their parents, the boredom of working in offices and yes-sir-no-sir to fools, the slavering greed of seemingly everyone when money was mentioned. The rot went deep.

But the problem with these people is that they were narcissists. Raised by their parents to be pets, basically, they had to come up with a reason to live for themselves. They did. They started to see the world as an enemy and themselves alone as a goal worth pursuing. They trashed everything because to them it was just like their parents.

In 2030, they’re going to be in their 80s and 90s. Most of them will be dying somewhere in there, probably late 80s. They will carry their attitude toward their graves while the rest of us try to clean up the mess. It’s tempting to blame them. But the problems of 2030 began in 1789.

The inheritors of 1968 look back on a changed nation

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Much of the media dialogue of late has involved generations, specifically the latest “lost generation” of millennials. The press is sure they’re lazy, distracted and self-centered; the millennials are certain they got screwed by their time in history. Perhaps both are right.

However, as we find daily in life, being right is not enough. It’s trivial to be right about a detail and human nature to extrapolate the whole from that detail. The real question is however whether the question encompasses the whole situation. In the case of generations, only part of the story is being told.

The story under the story is twofold. First, that every generation has been a lost generation for some time now because our society is collapsing from within. Second, that millennials are the counterpart to another generation that was lost, namely Generation X.

Born roughly 1965-1975, Generation X are the children of the Baby Boomers, or the people who exploded out of the loins of America following its victory in the second World War. As a result, Generation X inherited a world shaped by the Baby Boomers and had to endure them as parents.

The pivotal event in Baby Boomer existence was 1968, when in both Europe and the United States leftist groups went mainstream. They were able to do this because they successfully identified Communism with Totalitarianism, and denied its leftist roots, which allowed the Western “useful idiots” to create their own version of Communism lite, mixing in consumerism and pacifism to keep it happy.

What drove Baby Boomers toward leftism? A prime culprit is the WWII propaganda from the “free” West which identified the enemy as Totalitarian and the good guys as better because we have free, equal and non-discriminatory societies. Whatever Hitler did, we do the opposite. Baby Boomers grew up on this propaganda.

Another culprit is the need to differentiate itself. The “Greatest Generation” became a group of mean-spirited whiners since they came back from the war to a changed land. Women were working, which made families unstable as women used new social mobility to escape rather than fix broken domestic situations. Class and social lines had been erased and re-drawn, creating a rootless and ambiguous society.

Either way, the West exploded in student revolt in 1968. The demands the protesters made were universally leftist and centered on the concept of equality, which is the fundamental tenet of leftism. What followed utterly altered the nation.

Public officials became responsive to leftism demands out of fear of more disruption of business as usual. Government hired many of these people, as did academia. A massive shift leftward began taking place behind the scenes, only briefly interrupted by Reagan’s rightism in the 1980s.

This leftism spread through social channels. People followed it not because they believed it was right, but because it was popular, and in a democracy/consumerist society what is popular is what is profitable and also a way to rise above the rest, by following a trend first.

Where once upon a time people relied on causal logic, where a certain action produced a certain result, post-leftist societies are entirely based on ideology, intention and guilt. Things do not happen through causality, but by being ideologically correct, at which point the collective implements them. If you resist this, it is your intention to harm others by denying them the fruits of the collective. Guilt will be used against you and will control you. However, the root of the collective is rampant individualism because individuals believe they deserve support from the collective.

Generation X straddled the line between the naturalist and leftist worlds. They saw the old America, a place dedicated to living a natural and innocent life. And on the other side, they saw the new America: a place of ideological zombies who demand total equality at the expense of reality, and thus guide every decision into crisis because none of our plans are realistic.

The millennials saw none of this. To them, zombie America is the only America. As a result, they have no concept of reality and thus are narcissistic by default. But it makes sense to uncover the root of this narcissism and to look at the Baby Boomers and the policies they instituted that created this outlook in people.

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