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First Thing: Kill All the Boomers

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Politics, Baby Boomers, This Magazine, generations,

The Baby Boomers were never bestowed the honor of being named the “Greatest Generation.” They got to witness the beginnings of the tech revolution, only to realize that an 11-year-old kid could do more with a computer than they would ever be able to. Now, in what should be their golden years, they’re being attacked. 

Writing for This Magazine, RM Vaughan takes a shot at the increasingly helpless Baby Boomers. He writes:

While I don't condone violence, I can condone a reasonable, humane culling of the aging herd. They don't have to actually die, just virtually pass away. And here's how: if you are a boomer, stop. Just stop. Stop working, stop acquiring, stop micro-managing your (and my) universe, stop sucking the life out of popular culture, stop going outdoors in those ghastly Crocs and Tilley Endurable hats, and, please, stop talking about how you're eventually going to stop and, instead, stop. Now.

A similar point was made by Joseph Hart in the September-October issue of Utne Reader, when he wrote:

They promised a revolution and boy did they deliver. Safety net: shredded. Social Security: squandered. Liberalism: perished. Fairness: forgotten. Great Society: whatever. Do I even need to mention climate change? AIDS? The Monkees? So now they want to pass on their wisdom to the rest of us. Uh-huh.

Poor Boomers. They just can’t get no satisfaction.

SourcesThis MagazineUtne Reader