When the Boomers Die

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Mimi wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 4:22pm
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12 Dec 2019, 3:22pm
A curious thought while walking: Has there ever been a generation that those behind them have been actively awaiting their death? Given that the concept of generations is rather new, certainly not. But—and here's the curious thing—our desire for them to go away is part of a belief that we have no hope of dealing with political (i.e., historical) problem while they're around. Which is, um, a Nazi worldview. Clearly the comparison isn't the same thing, in no small part because of the lack of action to hasten their demise, but it is, nevertheless, a shared perception that a particular group of people must exit the scene one way or another before we have a hope of getting past serious knotty problems.
As someone who finds generational theory/generalizations to be very problematic, no. It's the same shit over and over again and nothing changes. Old people resent the young, young people resent the old. Old people had it harder than young people, young people are soft. Young people are inheriting all old peoples' problem, etc.

I'm sick of hearing about millenials and boomers. People just use it as a tool to stereotype large diverse swaths of people. Yes, there is some legitimacy to generational theory (not even sure that's the right term), but 99.99% of it is just people generalizing other people to feel superior.
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BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:33pm
I'm sick of not hearing about Gen X! We're pretty cool.
Whatever, Spicoli.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
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I'm sick of not hearing about Gen X! We're pretty cool.
Whatever, Spicoli.
I fancy myself more of a Real Genius era Val KIlmer.

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BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:33pm
I'm sick of not hearing about Gen X! We're pretty cool.
Whatever, Spicoli.
I fancy myself more of a Real Genius era Val KIlmer.

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I prefer you more as Crispin Glover in The River's Edge:
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 4:12pm
Flex wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 3:57pm
I think you probably need to overlay a class analysis of the boomer generation to actually get at the chunk of folks we should be vilifying, but yeah, part of the problem is there are just so many wealthy people in that cohort who have absolutely no class incentive to keep the world and all of our lives from being destroyed that it will just probably take them dying off.
Right, of course. We say Boomer, but we're talking about a particular segment of Boomers—predominantly white and middle-to-upper class. One frustrating aspect of the current situation is that the lower-class Boomers would seem to me more allied with their generation than cross-generational class interests.
My blue-collar dad is one of them.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 6:05pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:33pm
I'm sick of not hearing about Gen X! We're pretty cool.
Whatever, Spicoli.
I fancy myself more of a Real Genius era Val KIlmer.

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I prefer you more as Crispin Glover in The River's Edge:
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This thread is impenetrable to Limeys.
There's a tiny, tiny hopeful part of me that says you guys are running a Kaufmanesque long con on the board

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BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 9:07pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 6:05pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:57pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 5:33pm
I'm sick of not hearing about Gen X! We're pretty cool.
Whatever, Spicoli.
I fancy myself more of a Real Genius era Val KIlmer.

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I prefer you more as Crispin Glover in The River's Edge:
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I'm OK with this.
I could have gone with fat Val Kilmer, but your acerbic style (even smothered in mayo) charms me.
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12 Dec 2019, 9:34pm

I could have gone with fat Val Kilmer, but your acerbic style (even smothered in mayo) charms me.
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BostonBeaneater wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 10:03pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
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I could have gone with fat Val Kilmer, but your acerbic style (even smothered in mayo) charms me.
I have everything handy except the gloves. I can make this look happen.
You owe it to the fans.
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That "big house problem" picture is suggestive of what used to cause economic panics, back in the days of hard currency, when the nation's money supply was literally tied to how much gold was in circulation (rather than the govt just printing up more money and currency is far more an article of faith that a dollar is worth a dollar). When too little was circulating, the amount of goods would build up and build up because there weren't enough customers, leading to the value of those goods dropping. Currency deflation—the shortage of money made it more and more valuable vis a vis commodities. So the hoarding of money by the wealthy (let's call them Boomers), where the massive Millennial and Z generations have less and less to spend, creates a similar deflationary problem when the Boomers want to unload their commodities (i.e., houses). The free market works best when money and commodities are plentiful and able to move around; the free market also works to restrict that circulation because people are greedy and status-motivated and so hoard as much as they can. Of course, external tools to adjust and facilitate the circulation of money and goods is godlesssocialismVenezuelaavocadotoast!
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