Poll: Which of the following two generation is more selfish?
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Who is more selfish, Silent or Boom?
The worst Idealists of which I have ever heard (unless you are talking of extremists like Nazi war criminal Wilhelm Frick or an Old Bolshevik like Vladimir Lenin or Lev Trotsky, a terrorist, or an outright criminal who could be in any generation like Ted Bundy) were the loud-mouth defenders of the slave system in the old South -- the exploiters and abusers of slaves who insisted that they be seen as benefactors to 'their' )in a strictly-possessive sense) people. An exploiter and abuser who sees himself as a benefactor? That's someone who thinks his evil is a great and needful boon to Humanity as a whole.

OK, I will give you the name of a criminal -- Phillip Gallardo, kidnapper and sexual predator, who kidnapped an 11-year-old girl whom he eventually raped and impregnated, and economically exploited. He now has a 431-to-life term to serve in the California penal system. He can roast in Hell, so far as I am concerned. In the now-defunct generational Forum I called attention to his arrest, conviction, and sentencing.

Aside from great creative people (Whitman, Schubert, Matisse, T. Mann, Sibelius, Spielberg) and philosophers who can redefine or enrich a culture the greatest Idealists are those who can give purpose and meaning to a national struggle -- Samuel Adams, d'Israeli, Lincoln, Juarez, Herzl, Sun Yat-Sen, Churchill, Gandhi, Mannerheim, FDR, and Adenauer, the latter doing much to restore the credibility of a nation that had gone extremely bad.

Donald Trump has nothing relevant in common with any prior figure of Idealist greatness.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

I think everyone knows how I voted. My paternal grandparents were Silents and I managed to actually get assets out of them, but I think that is largely because what little they had they left to me instead of my sperm donor.
It really is all mathematics.

Turn on to Daddy, Tune in to Nationalism, Drop out of UN/NATO/WTO/TPP/NAFTA/CAFTA Globalism.
Depends. My Silent parents were stingy, self-centered narcissists and many Gen Jones and Gen Xers will tell you their Silents were the same. First wave Boomers the same. Gen Jones (what S & H called late wave Boomers) are mixed; some selfish some not and that is usually divided along conservative/Republican-selfish and liberal progressive Democrat-unselfish. Gen X (those early wave with Silent parents) is also mixed but they and Jonesers got the worst of Silent parental neglect and negative press about kids but Gen X grew up in the excessive, money-focused 80's as children and teens so many of them focus on money and because they came of age in or after de-regulation 80's which crapped on their economic prospects as adults.

Gen Jones had the promise of their prosperous childhood but the emotional damage of Silent divorces and the assassinations of Heroes in their early 60's childhoods (Gen Jones I call the Assassination Generation) which made them grow up too fast. That economic promise was destroyed with policies like de-regulation in the 80's which allowed GI's, Silents, and Early Boomers to keep getting the good economic
lives while shafting Gen Jones, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z for the payment. Gen Jones straddled the technology boom; teaching themselves computers while older Boomers and Silents had to be taught and spoon-fed. So Gen Jones and some X parents raised their Millennial and Gen Z kids with a lot of support and protection.

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They both suck - only in different ways.

Silents may have a good reputation as nice people; but if you want to see their choleric side, just be consequential on calling them out on their lies, without compromise.

And Boomers are too full of themselves. They'd rather burn the world than admit they might be wrong. (With very few exceptions.)

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