Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Did the baby boomers wreck western civilisation?

This is a point that is clearly true, but as far as I can remember, I've never seen it articulated directly. I'm a baby boomer, born in 46, and it was clear to me, even as I was growing up and long before my cohort was making any public policy decisions, that things were heading downhill fast. Back then you had to be 21 to vote, and as a result my first vote was in 1968 (guess who for), when the collapse was well under way. Of course, the rot is even more evident now, but it was apparent to sensible people back then. This is from The Politically Incorrect Australian.

did the baby boomers wreck western civilisation?

Many people see the 1960s and 1970s as being the time when western civilisation started to fall apart. It is therefore often assumed that the baby boomers, a spoilt pampered generation, were the ones responsible for all the subsequent disasters. 

But is this really true?

There’s no question that the 60s and 70s were catastrophic. And the masses of dirty stinking hippies were certainly no friends to civilisation. It could however be argued that the student radicals of the late 60s were simply a symptom of a disease that was already far advanced, rather than the cause.

It’s worth pointing out that the governments that did so much to wreck western civilisation, the Labor government of Harold Wilson in the UK and the Administration of Lyndon Johnson in the US, were not elected by baby boomers. They were elected by the previous generation, the so-called Greatest Generation. 

And much of the damage had been done long before the 60s. The transformation of European societies into bloated socialist welfare states was well underway by the 50s. implemented by governments (like the Attlee Labor Government in Britain) that had been elected before the baby boomers were even born. The rot had started even earlier in the US with the election of the socialist Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. In fact you could plausibly date the beginnings of the rot in the US to the rise of Progressivism decades earlier.

Whatever madness afflicted the western world it clearly was well and truly established long before the baby boomers were out of the nursery.

Where did the madness first start?

I’ve always been inclined to think that democracy played a key role. Choosing governments on the basis of a popularity contest among the mob seems a very dubious idea indeed. Democracy however does not provide the complete explanation. However much damage the mob has done it’s clear that the ruling classes played a major role in undermining our civilisation.

The Romantic Movement seems like a good candidate as the beginning of the process of disintegration. The essence of Romanticism was the privileging of feelings over reason and common sense. You have only to read the poetry of Keats, Shelley and Byron to be disturbingly aware that you are dealing with the products of very unhealthy minds. There’s the same wallowing in emotionalism that has become such a feature of what passes for civilisation today. The ideas of the Romantic Movement infected the minds of the ruling classes, turning their brains into soggy mush.

The Romantic Movement produced some great poetry and some great painting but it cannot be denied that it represents a fundamentally warped and diseased view of the world. It represents the first step in the establishment of the cult of feelings. Through its offshoots, such as the Aesthetic Movement, it would poison the minds of successive generations of the ruling class. It would also, ironically, prepare the ground for the rise of the avowedly anti-rational cult of Modernism.

The baby boomers certainly contributed their share to the destruction of our civilisation but their forefathers had already undermined the foundations. 
Quibcag: The illustration is Marii from Joshiraku (じょしらく),, for no reason other than that I like the way she looks.


  1. Spot on. The Boomers got handed a bad hand of cards, well legislated into place, and as with previous generations, a small politically motivated cohort of them made matters worse.

  2. Did the Boomers come up with the ideas and policies that are destroying the Western World today? No, not really. The Boomers were the young storm trooper ground forces for them though. Out screaming for this and that, protesting and making demands. They shaped what was coming and made damned sure that the sacrifices that had to be made to form their version of utopia would be made by those who came after them.

    Really the Baby Boomer generation should be divided into two groups. Those born before about 1958 and those born from 58 to 64 because the tail end of the boomers got handed the same raw deal the Gen X'rs did.....

    The Bill and all the sacrifice of competing on the unlevel playing field the Boomers decided was fair for everyone but themselves.

  3. You are too kind. The baby boomers were the first to be so spoiled by the greatest wealth for the average person in history. Instead of preserving it they trashed it and glorified themselves for doing so.

    All it would have taken is the slightest wisdom and realism about their own ethnicity and culture, overwhelmingly NW European, and the slightest foresight for their real progeny.

    Instead they bough the corporate lie that was 'racist'.

    Socialism and Romanticism is not the problem. It is the application of those ideas to the Universal, to making Humanity one great "Us" that did the destruction.

    The boomers went down that road willfully, gladly, and still do... and can never be forgiven for it.

    1. "Socialism and Romanticism is not the problem. It is the application of those ideas to the Universal, to making Humanity one great "Us" that did the destruction."

      If you watch a lot of old movies and old TV shows (as I do) you notice that what we today call political correctness was already completely dominant in the media by the late 50s. It was put in place by the generation that preceded the boomers. Or at least it was put in place by a small but highly motivated minority who had bought the whole cultural marxist line.

      It's interesting to look at what happened when the boomers started to become a politically significant force - Margaret Thatcher got elected in the UK, Ronald Reagan got elected in the US.

      And what happened when GenX became a politically significant force - you got Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair.

      My point is that every generation since the beginning of the 20th century has to take some responsibility, and every generation since the beginning of the 20th century has had opportunities to turn back the tide and has failed to do so.

      I can never ever forgive the Greatest Generation because they had the best opportunity to save civilisation and instead they threw it all away.

  4. God knows you're correct. The boomers love luxury. They've always had bad manners, contempt for authority; and they show disrespect for their elders. Instead of doing real exercise and real work, they chatter away, and they don't show respect to people the way earlier generations did--they no longer even do basic things, like getting to their feet when an older person enters the room.

    And of course they contradict their parents, babble mindlessly whenever they host company for their parties, eat too much, and don't pay attention to people in positions of authority.

  5. Since the "Greatest Generation" raised the boomers and imparted unto them their values, we clearly have a misnomer. It's the "Worst Generation" by a long shot. One thing this piece uses as a throw away line however is a root cause.

    It is the egalitarism that came with democracy. The idea that all are the same. Initially, as applied to white people only, it meant the dunce with IQ of 75 was the same as the physicist with IQ of 150. The same. Same vote, same rules, same value. Having an equal say in political discourse. Dunces began thinking, "why am I out here cleaning the outhouse when I'm the same as the factory owner in his luxury?" Hence socialism. But that fixed nothing so the negro was brought in to clean the outhouse and our white dunce was upgraded to running the cash register. This was fine until the negro was convinced he too was "equal" whereupon we had to import Central American indians and mestizos. The negro was upgraded to his preferred status as layabout. But now the indians and mestizos are learning they too are "equal" and must have their vote. What then? Robots?

    Meanwhile the cognitive elites, as Charles Murray has documented, grow further apart by way of more efficient technology for sorting. He with the IQ of 150 need only interface with the masses on the most superficial level. He no longer spends time with the dunces and thus doesn't patiently explain to them the reasons things must be a certain way. This responsibility has fallen to John Stewart and his kind. The aptly named "idiot box" tells the dunce everything he thinks he knows about the world. It also repeatedly affirms in him the idea that he is definitely equal to those smartypants who laughed at him in school when he gave the teacher retarded answers.

    And so we are governed by whomever the idiot box chooses for us. Meanwhile the vast weight of a sea of dunces, of folks with IQ's of 115 and below who went to college and got "uh degrie" then became burdens on corporations that require "uh degrey" to be considered for employment, this enormous cost of tens of millions of equals too equal to actually work say picking lettuce or cleaning toilets and instead collects a government check for doing nothing (often as not an "employee" of government), this vast sea of incompetence overwhelms the ability of the cognitive elites to support it. Our cognitive elites you see are also equal and need not produce anything of value instead simply bloviating to the equal dunces about things they don't comprehend or writing books and reports no one will read. No more than 5% at most is actually producing anything today while supporting the 95% of equals. It's a perfect storm of stupid we've built with the "Worst Generation" as architects.

  6. I have the impression that the shit hit the fan right after WW2.