Posted by: Khardankov
Posted: 8th Mar 2017
Yeah, the Baby Boomers - the generation that (mostly) thoughtlessly polluted and bulldozed our planet while pretending climate change didn't exist - all the while snapping up Albert Park brownstones as investment properties in the 90's for low-5-figure sums, leaving their kids to fend for themselves in a massively overpriced property market - "but if only they [millennials] didn't eat so much Avo On Toast!!" - it's all a bit rich, isn't it? Oh, even using that idiom weeps tears of irony...
Young adults these days are working harder while being paid less than anyone else alive today. Exploitative internships and working arrangements, stagnant wages, and the Liberal beat-up on our hard-won rights while Boomers hoard all the wealth they can ensures that the massive wealth disparity between old and young, rich and poor will continue unabated for years to come. The disdain for the youth of today would be pathetically humourous if it wasn't so sardonically sadistic and tangibly consequential for the hard-done-by young.
The saddest part about it is the successful push over the last 20 years or so to shift young activism towards meaningless identity politics as an empty substitute for the kind of activism that could actually make a difference in their lives, with the intended and sinister effect of disengaging youth from real politics. There are worthy causes amongst the identity politics clutter, but instead of noticing that we're all being pressed under the thumb of the old and the wealthy, the youth spend their time squabbling over token-gesture language, calling each other out to score points in the game of Play-Ally. Make no mistake - this isn't some failing of theirs; this was done to them, intentionally, over many years, through culture, media, and a hegemonic education system, all designed by... - yeah, you guessed it.