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Did Boomer Individualism Help or Hurt America
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For discussion purposes only I am enclosing a roughly four-minute video on the subject. And while there is not a lot you can elaborate on in four minutes we can branch the discussion out and elaborate on the pros and cons here.  Once I posted a question as to whether the Millennials will be as successful as Boomers were in using their sheer force of numbers to set social, political and economic trends within the society. That poster who responded didn't seem to think so, but they do seem to be off to a very good start although I am sure the jury will be out for quite a while on this one. I do believe that they have pretty much dethroned the Boomers culturally although not yet politically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uiq5BzaLCrA
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"Boomer" individualism? Neither boomers nor millenials are individualistic.
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The real problem is with Boomer elites in the economic sector. They took as much as they could for themselves while destroying opportunity for those who did not fit into a bureaucratic elite. If one ever had a hard time one was suspect as a malcontent, which demonstrates the ethos of Boomer right-wing politics. These elites effectively atomized us and offered us mass low entertainment or fundamentalist religion as anodynes. Such is good for keeping people unorganized so that they do not want to participate in anything, even labor unions.
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.


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(10-02-2019, 07:14 PM)Warren Dew Wrote: "Boomer" individualism?  Neither boomers nor millenials are individualistic.

I can't speak for Millies, but there is certainly diversity among Boomers.  Most of the really unique, or at least eccentric and individualistic, Boomers are in the cultural arena.  The entire LGBTQ movement would have died on the vine if the Boomers never opened the closet doors and walked into the sunlight.  The same can be said for the neo-religious movements, some of which are ancient and have been brought back to life.  Others were always here and we chose not to notice.  Then, here is the counterculture, that still holds sway in some places.  One of those places is not far from where I live in and around Floyd County Virginia.  

Look where the arts flourish, and the diversity is right there in front of you.
Intelligence is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom, but they all play well together.
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Boomer counterculture looks highly individualistic... and from it must have come much of the creative tendencies within Boomers. Sure, some of them went Establishment (Corporate America could co-opt any counterculture trend from which it could derive a profit, and in such Corporate America was often more fair than in other activities).

The Quest for the Interior is individualistic, whatever the generation. Idealist generations are more likely to do it and get away with it. Few GI's got to do it (maybe Alan Watts, Jack Kerouac, and Timothy Leary are so blatant that they are exceptions). Boomers, at least from the middle class who got to enjoy the genteel privacy of suburban life got to develop intellectual experiences that later generations could never get -- and won't until at least a 1T is well underway, and if this 4T is not an unimaginable disaster.

Generation X wasn't into it because it made little sense to most. The Millennial Generation has grown up in more hardscrabble conditions in which growing up has development of technical skills and networks held in greater importance.
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.


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