Boomerocracy Anonymous 2021-10-11 (Mon) 16:54:17 No. 542749 [Reply]
Can we discuss the boomer question? There was another thread on gen Z, but it makes little sense to problematize gen z as they still have time to work the kinks out and have marginal social power aside from being social media savvy and young in a culture that idealizes youth. Boomers are, as everyone knows, the generation of most sociopolitical significance because they dominate the economy and politics.
There is little doubt in my mind that they are the source of many of society's ills, but I don't necessarily think because of the rotten and out-of-touch mentality stereotypically attributed to them. I believe it is more basic than that . The problem with boomers per se is not the boomers themselves, but the basic fact that human civilization is not adjusted to having the generation in power last as long as they. Typically the eldest generation expires before they become unable to respond to current problems. We have modern medicine to blame for being too good. Boomers are the longest lived generation in history. The reason that's the bad thing is that their mental model of the world is not just wrong, it is woefully outdated by neurobiological necessity. Their view of the world has frozen at a certain date at which the mind stops updating itself according the curtailment of synaptic growth and neuroplasticity due to age and the result senescence. As such boomers still rule, but they do not understand what they rule over, as their cognitive operating system which renders their model of the world is not only out of date but no longer supported. Therefore the whole discourse about the boomer problem has been somewhat mislead. Although there are historical and socioeconomic dynamics unique to the boomer generation which are valid issues, as boomers were raised to be greedy hogs and were taught that selfishness was a virtue, making them their generational spawning the perfect ideological acolytes for capitalism. However there is an additional problem with them which will be the case in the future, supposing that life expectancy remains at current levels or continues to grow. And that is simply that gerontocracy has deep flaws associated with the tapering of cognitive ability and obsolescence of mental models that comes with senescence. Thoughts on this theory? Thoughts in general? 11 posts omitted. Click reply to view.
Anonymous 2021-10-12 (Tue) 08:19:51 No. 543844
This attempt at describing the brains of boomers as fundamentally different from the rest of us in a way that makes them inferior is, dare I say, reeking of almost fascism. Pretty disgusting. They're reactionary due to having lots of capital they want to protect.
Anonymous 2021-10-12 (Tue) 10:18:23 No. 543912
I think all of us here would greatly enjoy to read what you have to say about the specificity of economic landscape post-WW2 and how it influenced the representation of capitalism by the people who participated in it. I'm really interested in the "many factors which are non-repeatable" part.
What are these factors and why aren't they repeatable?
Anonymous 2021-10-12 (Tue) 13:29:09 No. 544043
>>543401 >many factors which are non-repeatable
a few of them might be…
Anonymous 2021-10-12 (Tue) 22:31:35 No. 544531
I didn't want to write all that but yes, besides time they also had good timing.
Anonymous 2021-10-12 (Tue) 22:35:26 No. 544534
>>543912 >What are these factors and why aren't they repeatable?
The destruction of most imperialist capitalist economies during WWII and the subsequent rebuild are impossible to repeat thanks to the advent of nuclear weapons, you can't rebuild after nuclear war the same way you do after a conventional war.