Scapegoat Generation and Persistent Lies

Fri Sep 8, 2006

Mike Males, a professor from UNCA, has been disproving the Boomer stereotype about drug use since around 1992. The cultural myth goes something like this in relation to drugs: Baby Boomers did drugs, but only because it mattered (man) in the 1960s and 1970s. Gen Xers did more drugs and just to get wasted, if you can imagine it, and moved on to hard stuff like crack.

The data to support this has never surfaced. Drug use has been going down since 1977. SATs also have been getting better since around 1972, although they dip down briefly
early 1990s.

The current myth that’s irking me is that Boomers are somehow wealthy beyond belief. This is coupled with the weird idea that they were obsessive workaholics in their 30s and 40s. I don’t recall it this way. I remember Boomers being lazy materialistic assholes when we graduated in 1986, when they were going through their first mid-life crisis. Later they became nauseatingly petty later-term breeders.

The problem with assuming Boomers are wealthy is that it creates an unrealistic safety net around social security. The Census released a report not long ago that found nearly a third of Boomers struggling. (The census later reversed this decision, which smacks of some sort of revisionism. The data is still there, if anyone wants to have a look.) This is a much higher percentage that other generations as they entered retirement age.

So while some of these smug shits might, in fact, be wealthy, most are not. And the persistent fabrication is making it almost impossible to get Boomers to face reality and help us deal with the impending crisis.

This is how culture creates its mirages.


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