My article yesterday about not adding fuel to the fire upset a few people. I assume because I added fuel to the fire. I think that some of that was a misunderstanding. The final paragraphs of the piece contain its pertinent points.
Our great handicap is that so many of us are conditioned to looking to government to solve our problems.
My issue is that people are continuing the practice of believing that government will save us or condemn us. But we’re beyond that, far beyond. We live in a tyranny of the minority who pressure and advocate supposedly democratic governments for their own ideological goals against the silent majority. Government hasn’t been working for years so why would anyone expect it to start functioning now in the midst of such a crisis? As I stated,
What we must do is batten down the hatches and rely on ourselves and family and communities first. We must find ways to get things done.
The screaming at the sky is beyond useless so look to yourselves. We are powerless in the face of governments so there has to be another way, and perhaps this virus is providing us a glimpse of the possibilities. But Brendon O’Neill is one of those who believe that we are heading into the government-mandated oblivion and that something must be done or not done. And what he wants is for us to start respecting our elders because they are Boomers. No, seriously; he is.
All of this has dehumanised older generations. It has depicted them as politically expendable (take away their votes) and as socially expendable (force them to throw open their spare rooms to struggling millennials). That our society has become one in which old people’s lives are sometimes treated as medically expendable, too, is not surprising – after all, these ‘oldsters’ have helped to destroy the future and are apparently a barrier to millennials’ self-realisation and economic progress.
Some of the very people accusing Toby Young of trading off older lives in favour of younger lives have actually been doing that themselves for years: they have been depicting the elderly as a physical, political, economic block to the advancement of the young.
A new generation of activists in particular has misunderstood the failings of capitalist society as an act of generational hatred by the old against the young, and in the process they have replaced socialism with ageism, and radical activism with Boomer-bashing.
It doesn’t get much more delicious than this. I am stunned at the amount of gall required to write that society is treating the Boomers as medically expendable, this the generation that pushed and advocated for abortion on demand, also known as baby murdering. The Boomers have had it their own way for their entire lives. But this virus couldn’t have come at a worse time for them. They react in outraged horror at the very idea that medical help in this crisis will be reserved for people under 65, when they themselves are the over 65s who will be left out. How can this possibly be happening? It wasn’t supposed to be like this. They are the anointed ones, the Woodstock-worshiping free love sex kittens without a care in the world, baby, hot damn, and it’s all gonna be groovy, man, except the grooviness has to be paid sometime and we may as well make it at your expense.
As always, it’s always about the Boomers. They demand the continuation of the free ride at the expense of everyone else which they have been enjoying their entire lives. The gravy train cannot be allowed to end, no matter what the circumstances. Oh the horror that somewhere a Boomer might be inconvenienced to the benefit of someone from an earlier generation.
These are the same people who told us generation Xs that we didn’t have any experience and were too young as they refused to mentor us and instead outsourced their previous jobs, sowing the field with salt behind them as they moved up the corporate ladder. They’ve been shitting on us from on high for our entire professional lives, but suddenly we’re all supposed to treat them with respect and reverence for their age because a few of them voted for Brexit?
It was the same generation that almost stopped Brexit from happening.
The Boomers are also those responsible for subverting our governments into the tyrannical shelters for matronly nut bags that they have become. We live in a Boomer subverted world. Their endless desire for change at any cost has suddenly arrived with the requisite costs, and unbelievably at their own expense for the very first time on record. More than that, the global financial fraud on which their fake wealth has been built is now in very real danger of coming down in a crashing ruin. They scream that we must remain at home for their own safety whilst simultaneously staring at their stock accounts in abject horror. For some reason the connection is lost on them because they might actually die and they were never supposed to die because they were young and beautiful and groovy and never trust anyone over the age of 30, remember that one?
Such prescience. Such foreknowledge. Such wisdom of the elders.
Not so much as it turns out. Our elders are the most stupid and selfish on human record. It’s not about how or when they die, it’s about whether or not we can survive them.