The Shortest Way With The Baby Boomers

by Frost on October 22, 2012

I try to avoid following the news, but every now and then a little nugget of worthless political theatre slips past my defences.

For example, I’ve noticed that even mainstream politicians seem to be somewhat aware of the looming fiscal Armageddon threatening to send the United States into a state of economic, social and civil collapse. In response, the Democrats would like to shovel some more coal into the runaway train’s furnaces, while the Republicans plan to slow it down by stringing a piece of yarn across its tracks. Clearly, fresh ideas are needed.

So allow me to put forth a proposal of my own: I call it The Generation Z Baby Boomer Retirement Plan, and I humbly request that you consider it alongside those proposed by the Republican and Democratic political machines.

As a kindness to the reader, I have omitted graphs, forecasts, projections, baselines, and all such distractions. Instead, I offer you but a paragraph:

I propose that we completely abandon the Baby Boom generation to the forces of economics, scarcity and nature. I propose we acknowledge the Baby Boomers as the absolute worst cohort of humanity that has ever lived, and deal with them accordingly. I propose we cast off our socially-mandated veneer of mercy, search our hearts, and realize that we are – really and truly, without a hint of Swiftian satire – perfectly OK with watching Baby Boomers die in the streets on our way to work. 

Why, the enthusiastic and pro-active among you ask, don’t we just round up the Baby Boomers and shoot them? Or string them up from the lampposts, like Christmas decorations?

I admire your go-getting attitude, my peppy friends, but read carefully. No one said that all baby boomers should die in the streets. Hard-working, dutifully-saving boomers who’ve amassed a nest egg to see them through retirement will be more than welcome in our brave new world. Boomers with caring friends and relatives shan’t go hungry. No man is poor, so long as he has a friend or grateful child.

But those who don’t fall under either of the above categories – i.e., those boomers who’ve lived their 55+ years without a penny or a loyal friend to show for it – we’d all appreciate if you could slink off and die in an alley, like crippled stray cats. Go on now.

Harsh words? Perhaps. The soft-hearted and mush-headed may balk at such strict rhetoric. But I argue that our generation’s complete and utter abandonment of the Baby Boomers is not only just – it’s necessary.

Regarding necessity, it is difficult to overstate just how completely and utterly fucked the western world is today. I won’t make the case here, but I will invite intrepid commenters to debate which will be burnt more crisply in the coming decades: The bankrupt, classless, tradition-less, culturally depraved Los United States of America? Or the slightly more bankrupt, but slightly more traditional Dar-Al-Europe?

I think a case can be made for either. But regardless, make no mistake: We are on the brink of collapse. We are living in the dying decades of one of the greatest empires that has ever existed in recorded human history. At the absolute minimum, my generation is heading straight for a sudden and massive decline in our standard of living. At worst, a complete and prolonged collapse in all social order.

In either case, we will have more important things to concern ourselves with than paying for old Johnny-General-Motors’ counterproductive cholesterol medication. We have more on our plate than ensuring Holly-Human-Resources-Administrator can afford to retire with a house on the lake, like she always dreamed of. We have been bequeathed a harsh world. Surviving in it may take everything we’ve got. Rebuilding it will take more still.

So Baby Boomers, pardon me if, in an era of looming hyperinflation, sovereign bankruptcies, and food riots, I feel less than obligated to pay for your 30+ years of gold-plated retirement.

Now let’s talk about justice.

Throughout human history, the default nature of inter-generational relations has been thus: Parents do their best to leave their children as much as possible, to give them the best possible chance to succeed in life, and in turn do the same for their children. This is the sort of parental attitude that leads to savings rates of 30-50% within most East Asian countries, and most historical Western polities. Barring war, plague, famine and pestilence, a given generation will usually hand off to their progeny a world that’s a bit better than how they found it.

Keeping this perspective in mind, let’s consider the baby boomer track record:

In the aftermath of the second world war, America was the wealthiest and most powerful nation that had ever existed. The so-called Greatest Generation, i.e. those who came of age during the Great Depression and defeated the Nazis shortly thereafter, left them a seat of power, wealth, and accumulated social capital beyond the wildest dreams of any prior generation. The Baby Boomers truly had it all, and they grew up in an era of unprecedented technological and economic advance. The parents of the baby boomers built the modern economy, put a man on the moon, and did it all while raising their children in (generally) stable and loving leave-it-to-beaver style home environments.

But then the Boomers came of age. Where future historians will see idyll, opportunity, and paradise, they saw Injustice! Oppression! They saw a nation that need to be torn apart and rebuilt anew. Rather than continue on the path set by their (totally square) ancestors, they took to the streets. They sat-in, stood-in, loved-in. They tuned in, turned on, dropped out. They rebelled against, you know, The Man:

- They implemented the Great Society swath of middle-class entitlements.

- They destroyed that evil, out-dated, patriarchal institution then known as the traditional family.

- They legislated the mass importation of destitute third-worlders, while building the minority grievance industry.

- They destroyed American industry with wage, pension and benefits package demands that far outstripped their actual productivity.

- The best and brightest dedicated their lives to unproductive, extractive, value-transferring ‘professions’ such as law, finance, and academic research.

- They neglected their children’s education, spend the family nest egg, and often even failed to save for their own retirements.

In short, they were given a world with effectively limitless possibility, and they proceeded to destroy it. They are passing us a broken world, a bankrupt empire, and a social fabric tearing at the seams of individual atomization, ethnic tension, and mistrust. Worst of all, they’ve taught the more gullible among us – via the universities and media which they control – that the true culprits of our present discontent are everyone but the Baby Boomers. They even claim that only the Boomers’ courageous stand for social justice and equality has saved us from an even worse fate! Hilariously, most of my generational cohort is stupid enough to believe it, as they turn out in droves to vote for more of the same.

So here we are, Generation Z. Our lives are destined to be plagued by scarcity, discord, and difficulty. Much of the blame for our situation can be placed fairly at the feet of the Baby Boom generation. How shall we react?

I caution against hatred. Hate requires energy, and we’ll have little enough to spare as it is. In any case, it goes without saying that many Baby Boomers are fine people, exceptional for their generation, and have more than earned our respect and support in their old age.

But for those – the majority – who haven’t, I prescribe simple indifference. Avoid paying taxes. Default on your student loans.  Don’t contribute to your 401K. Denominate your savings in a form that will make it difficult to confiscate them, when fiscal crunch time comes. When we eventually seize power: End their pensions. End their benefits. End their bloated health care entitlements. The Baby Boomers lived it up large in the first half of their lives, as they spent the social and economic capital that had been bequeathed to them. Now they would do the same in the second half, racking up debts for us and our children to pay off.

The only question is: Are we going to lay down and take it?

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RB October 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

First of all, don’t make us kick your ass. We’ll stop the car! A generation didn’t cause the destruction of this nation, a political movement, leftism, did. The majority of Boomers were against the excesses of the political left, hell, a larger percentage of Boomers are against the destructive policies of the left than young people are. The destructive policies of the left were imposed by fundamentally undemocratic means, starting with the quashing of debate in the media. ‘Twas young people that put Obummer in office, not Boomers. But it’s easier and much, much safer to rag on grandpa than to take on actual Power. You joke about shooting Grandpa but you don’t have the nuts to talk about shooting leftists and invaders. P.S. – crack a history book, it was the so-called Greatest Generation that passed the most destructive laws, like Cibbel Rats and the disastrous immigration “reform” law of 1965. Boomers weren’t old enough to vote when these things were passed.

Mark October 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Every great country in history has eventually declined so this was all probably inevitable and not much can be done at the macro-level to stop it. I’ve been focusing on just arranging my life to live as comfortably as possible. I try to focus on things I have control over like staying in good health and being a good moral person in my dealings with others. I do my job well enough to keep it but I don’t try to make large sums of money by getting promotions because a lot of it would just be taken away in taxes. All the things out of my control I don’t worry about. I’ve been looking at how people in other eras of decline dealt with it and I’ve become interested in the Romans and the philosophy of Stoicism. It seems to me that Stoicism was developed as a way to cope with things spinning out of control in the late stages of the Roman Empire. The indifference towards things out of their control and concentration on things they could control like their own thoughts and actions and all the other things the Stoics believed in is something I think I can apply to my own life because we live in an era in many ways the same.

Castor Troy October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Good post, but you forgot one thing. They also caved in to the feminist / PC culture young men have to endure today in schools and the work place.

141 October 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

Old single people are wealth destroyers. They extract wealth but don’t pass it on to children. They die and all their wealth goes into the worst hands possible- the government. The government is a rusty machine missing parts and is just a money pit like an old boat or car with constant and never ending repairs.

asdf October 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Frost,

Someone wants me to apply to a job in Toronto. Shithole or good place to live?

Disgruntled Torontonian October 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

It depends. If you are a woman or non-white, it is probably a great place. Otherwise, there are better places to live. Try Montreal. Even if you do not speak french, it is better than Toronto.

I hate what my city has become, an overpriced, leftist shit hole that is the bastard spawn of New York and LA, with the disadvantages of both and the importance of neither.

Podsnap October 23, 2012 at 5:08 am

Great post.

Boomers are scum. There are exceptions and the previous generations did some questionable things, but the Boomers overall have no redeeming qualities.

The breakdown of the family, third worldisation, massive deficits, bankster scams – Boomer crimes.

ray October 23, 2012 at 4:59 am

1) anger management clinic stat
2) valium (optional, not advoating drug use)
3) read some history
4) scapegoating others is what got folks into this mess, probly wont get folks out
5) does the advertised “Freedom Twenty Five Lifestyle Guide” come with rat-poison for Boomer Generation lattes? oh no wait, we’re sparing the successes and their lifestyles!

:O)

mbmusings October 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I’m an Xer and agree with almost all the points you make, and especially the anger at the raw deal our forefathers are leaving us.

But a lot of the shit you are blaming on the Boomers actually was started by the ‘greatest generation’. (By the way, what a load of crap that name is. How big does your ego need to be to get called the ‘greatest’. Really? of all time? or just the last few decades? Fuck that name, let’s call them the G generation).

The G generation were the ones who really pushed the Great Society nonsense. Sure the Boomers ate it up like candy, (half of them went full-retard for leftist quacks during the sixties) and you are right that the Boomers really tried to implement the Great Society BS without seeing that it would bankrupt the whole system. Maybe they figured it would only go broke after they were dead. Thanks, guys.

The cruel joke that most Boomers haven’t even realized is that the money will run out, right when they need it the most. This is certain. The only question is when.

Remember, the leading edge of the Boomers are just now starting to retire. Some public sector and some union employees have been retired for a while, but the vast majority of Boomers are still working. The next 5 to 10 years will be like a waterfall of people moving into retirement.

The ones who really bankrupted the system are the retirees who are already retired. They have enjoyed lavish retirement benefits paid for by the huge tax receipts collected by taxing the Boomers (and us). The Boomers are OK with the huge benefits going to current retirees because they figure to get the same deal when they retire.

(Smile guys, at least the system will crack while we are still young enough to do something about it. Not much, but at least something. Imagine losing everything when you’re in your seventies. Not a pleasant thought.)

But there isn’t enough money to pay for all the Boomers to get the same deal. Regardless of what the politicians say, the money just isn’t there to pay for all the benefits that are being promised to all the Boomers when retired. We are already borrowing and printing way more than is sustainable. Hyper-inflation, if it comes because we do try to print our way out of this mess, will affect savers far harder than workers.

Printing and borrowing at an ever increasing pace will only hasten the collapse of the whole charade. The whole financial system runs on the optimism of the masses. The vast majority of people are so uninformed that they won’t realize just how bad things have gotten until it is so obvious that all the distractions in the world won’t prevent them from rioting in the streets.

As an Xer, we have to remember that a system collapse is worse for us than trying to repair the system we have, even though it will be painful. The collapse fantasy may be fun to envision, but the actual terror and horror that the event will unleash cannot be contained and will not be easily remedied. Once the system crosses the failure threshold, there is no going back. We must be careful what we wish for.

I agree with letting the uninformed, unprepared, stupid people suffer from their own idiocy and lack of planning. But that is not how the leftist project operates. For decades people have been sheltered from the damaging consequences of their actions.

The premise is that people are inherently good and that they will remedy their bad decisions as soon as they realize the error of their ways. Are people inherently good? I question that assumption. But with no feedback mechanism to tell them their ways are wrong, and a system set up to tell them that every mistake they make is actually someone else’s fault, how could anyone ever realize they were living wrong? To the leftist, there is no such thing (except for not agreeing with the Left).

And we really need to scream and shout every time a politician says that the retirement benefits of anyone over 55 will not be touched to fix the system. Really? Everyone in my generation knows that we won’t get a dime of either social security or medicare, but to ask the holy Boomers to sacrifice some of their current benefits to save the system is off the table? This entitled attitude is why their real name is the Locust Generation. Devouring all of society’s benefits for themselves, but leaving nothing for their offspring in their wake.

Our generation will have to pick up the pieces. That’s our destiny.

Frost October 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

Yup. As mentioned below, I agree that the root of the problem goes back way further than the boomers.

I disagree with your perspective on systemic failure though. Collapse is only scary if the result is anarchy. If a group of smart, organized reactionaries are waitin in the wings to seize power however…

Revo Luzione October 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Carnivore,

you make some good points, but the prescription is still the same–do what you can to shield your income from taxes, or earn less (or more, if Mitt’s any example) if that’s what it takes to lower one’s tax bracket. Stop patronizing the big banks, ditch the student loans, etc.

Carnivore October 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

As a Boomer, I can certainly understand your anger, however you don’t have your history quite right. If we just consider the powers that be in Imperial DC, the first Boomer president was Clinton (1993). The Great Society was championed by President Johnson, who was born in 1908. The Social Security Ponzi scheme was put in place by FDR, born 1882.

The biggest flaw of the Boomer generation is that they fell completely under the propaganda attack of the new TV media. I haven’t seen many cracks in the iron grasp of the MSM until only within maybe 2 or 5 years. The Boomers might have been the first but they weren’t the last generation to be hoodwinked by the MSM.

IMO, your rage would be better directed at the international banking families who have been pulling the strings in the USA since at least World War I, if not earlier.

Frost October 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

I would actually take you one further and go back a few more centuries. I’m certainly not arguing that America was perfect in 1960, until the bad old baby boomers came along and wrecked it all. The origins of progressivism and decline in America are rich, but one can only cram so much into a single post.

But I will say this: The boomers accelerated the decline more than any previous generation. Also, they should have known better. I can’t really hold it against some naive French punk to support the revolution in 1789, but by 1964 the left was pretty clearly wearing its heart on its sleeve.

Flybynight October 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

So of the 75million remaining how many have or are looters? 12 percent of the boomers are dead. Outsourcing jobs overseas started in the 1980′s. Most decisions made to ship jobs overseas are made by the upper echelons of business 45-65. So the outsourcng of America’s labor force can be attributed to both the boomers and the “Greatest Generation”(see whining crying Tea Party). The most I ever made from the corporate life is/was 34,000. So I built a side business working 18 hour days. Now I have a 30 year old personal trainer and a 30 year old how helps me with my side business. Manufacturing and the easy money was drying up by the time the later boomers got to the party. Anyway we will be retiring in mass in another 10 years and you can all the shithole corporate cubicle jobs and have some ungrateful cunt for a boss. Oh I forgot you walked away from your 50,000 a year job.

Jacob Ian Stalk October 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

That’s the way, Frost. Kill off the old people for mistakes they couldn’t possibly know they were making. Hey, I know. Why not blame them for creating so much carbon pollution and make them pay more carbon taxes which they then pass on to the consumer? Why not create laws that criminalise behaviour retroactively (i.e. that wasn’t criminal at the time) and call it justice. Hey…now here’s a biggie – why not revise history…er…herstory.

News for you. Every generation blames the one before for all of its frustrations and the things it hasn’t got. Add the internet, and voila! A worldwide hate movement based on class race sex age.

I love this game of blaming everyone else for shit. It’s the critical, cynical attitude of the armchair tyrant; an attitude of one who wants to observe the world than to shoulder any of its burdens. Not saying Frost hiself is like this, but the fresh hell embedded in this post makes me worry for his soul.

Revo Luzione October 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Bravo! Great post.

What we have in ‘merica today is a sclerotic, assinine gerontocracy. It’s interesting, we handed Japan a crushing defeat, and they exhibited stunning resolve by rebuilding, only to fall to their own hubris–the Japanese have an even worse boomer generation than we do, and their youth are even more fucked.

Regarding your advice, I completely agree that simple indifference, with the specific types of indifferent action you mentioned. You are spot-on, hatred is counterproductive in almost all instances. The energy is better spent elsewhere.

Now my parents are Boomers. NABALT, I suppose, but my folks are both 2nd generation Americans, raised in hardscrabble, blue collar/rural areas, and have taken the opposite path as most boomers. Namely, they are still in a traditional marriage, almost 50 year’s worth, (and are BOTH happy and fulfilled, thanks to my father’s gregarious natural alpha comportment, and my mother’s natural, anti-feminist traditionalism) and they have pretty good savings. I naturally will take care of them when the time, they’ve done a tremendous amount for me.

BUT as for the rest of their age cohort, yeah, I will starve them of my tax moneys, etc. Don’t even get me started on student loans, that stinking, bloated albatross. We need a student debt revolt in this country. Most people are too emotionally attached to their “credit worthiness” a la FICO, to purposefully take a dive. Most sheeple still think revolving credit and usury is somehow a good thing. Sooner or later, when the choice is, pay your student loans or eat, we’ll see the default rate skyrocket even higher than it is now. Better to do it now on purpose than to have to do it accidentally later.

Aurini October 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

One of the most frustrating things is that even the “good” baby-boomers who worked hard and saved, still prescribe their solutions to the present generation.

We are *fucked* people. The Boomers are sitting on multiple-properties, all but the upper-scam-artist-classes refused to help the young network, and they call us lazy (Gen X) or entitled (Millenial) for failing to achieve what they did by our age.

Meanwhile they refuse to invest in us, refuse to retire, and structure the whole system so that we can’t win.

The irony is that they’re the ones who crafted the phrase “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Replace 30 with 40 to 50, and you’ve got our present state of affairs. Breaking Bad is a great metaphor; Jesse, a Millenial, desperately needs a Gen Xer to pass on a bit of his cynicism and memories of the GI Generation, not a Boomer like Walt who selfishly uses the young man.

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