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Anthem for Doomed Youth

May 4th, 2014 - 7:54 am

The campaign to dis-invite Condoleeza Rice from the Rutgers commencement and the pointless extravaganza of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner both underscore how, despite pretensions to being a society of youthful cool, the prevailing orthodoxy is really about as young as a roomful of NBA players owned by Donald Sterling. No it’s worse than that. What passes for elite youth culture today is simply variety of Western Maoism.

Just as the Red Guards were merely a bunch of physically youthful dupes simply doing the dirty work of old guys  (as were the Hitler Youth), not a genuinely autonomous movement of the young, events at Rutgers and the Correspondent’s dinner resembled nothing so much as grant-starveling students trying to suck up to the faculty or a meeting of the Soviet Union of Writers.  They were both were as daring as an officially sanctioned performance of the Detachment of Red Women.

The youth movements of the past were demographically driven. When you watch a performance of Les Miserables remember that the young people depicted on the barricades made up the great bulk of these societies in ferment — and they were rebelling against the codgers not working for them. Today Western societies are demographically old and through the help of people like Dr. Kermit Gosnell, abortionist, they are continuously getting older.  The young no longer have the advantage of numbers. And even if they did, the drones are great equalizers.

While in the past rebels endeavored to stick it to The Man, the tedious causes espoused by today’s student “activists” are made in their university’s faculty lounges. The mobs clamoring to exclude Condoleeza or boycott Israel aren’t daring rebels but represent the ultimate in apple-polishers. As for the White House journalists, the point of the evening seemed less to Stick it to the Man as much as get a closer look at the finery the King’s court iss wearing.

The correspondent’s dinner was a thoroughly medieval spectacle. Never was a lord’s hall so earnestly thronged by grateful peasants as that venue. The comparison was nearly exact since it featured jesters, court ladies and the obligatory men-at-arms hovering outside the drawbridge of the castle.  Royalty was of course in attendance, resplendent in its dazzling gowns and chic elegance.

The designated buffoon of the evening was Kathleen Sebelius who was employed as a sight-gag as an obligatory adjunct to something broken as if she could absorb for herself the sins of the King.

The last decades have been hard upon the Western youth. They have little prospect of employment. In Europe youth unemployment is nearing 25% in places.   Some have no choice but to linger in their parents basements into middle age and beyond.  Each additional dollar of deficit is another dollar they have to discharge in order to pay for the bills of the Boomers.

The Obamacare goal to recruit fill at least 40% of its ranks with “young invincibles” is nothing but a requirement for young to pay for the old. It may have ever been thus, yet never so cleverly spun.  George Orwell’s vision of the future was “imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” Today’s  is “imagine yourself waiting at a table — forever.” For some people that will be literally true.

The men at the Head Table have taken future the future of the young. That would be bad enough; worse the current generation of leaders has taken their youth. Youth is more than a bodily state. It is a condition of the mind. It was the once birthright of the young to dream about what lay over the next range of hills; it was their unquestioned heritage to gather in cheap cafes to plot a new world.

But that is no more.  Even childhood has been taken from them. The children we profess to love are drugged against ADD, hunted by pedophiles who are unaccountably more numerous than before. For play they have rubbery health and safety things, in place of things like climbing trees or discovering their neighborhoods. It means being enclosed in “schools” some of which can’t even teach them to read their names yet require they stay in place when some nutcase comes a-gunning for them, without even the protection of their elders, who are curiously disallowed the means to defend their charges, maybe for the first time since humanity emerged.

The youth are less their own selves than the object-playthings of ancient and evil men. Is the Red Guard comparison really hyperbole?

Yet they must spend their passing vigor with their shoulders to the wheel. Escape to the next valley has been shut to them, NASA being otherwise occupied raising the self-esteem of Muslim populations instead of building ladders to the planets. On our solitary world every moment must must be devoted to servicing a student debt so crushing they might as well have sold their souls to the company store, though they can at least pay on installments. Or so the King has decreed.

And as for causes, if they have none of their own they can have the cast off bete noires of the faculty lounge, refurbished from the 1960s.  If they’re lucky they can afford posters like Jay Carney’s featuring the latest in Soviet agitprop. Or maybe even an original by Shepard Fairy, which is exactly the same thing as a 1930s Stalinist Poster. Oh to be young in Obama’s America!

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.


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From an editorial by Frank Bruni in the New York Times today titled "America the Shrunken"

>>>NOT long ago I asked a good friend of mine — one of the smartest men I know, and one of the most devoted dads — if he thought that his children would live in a more prosperous America or at least enjoy the same bounty of opportunities that we had.

His response was instant and unequivocal. No.

“How do you make peace with that?” I said.

He shrugged, laughed bitterly and answered, “I’m hoping to leave them a lot of money.”

The American dream, 2014 edition: Squirrel away nuts for a leaner tomorrow. The worst is yet to come, so insure yourself against it if you’re among the lucky few who can.
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If even the Leftist mouthpiece the New York Times has to acknowledge the nature of the "fundamental transformation of the United States", things are truly bad.

Yet, like the Times, the TWANLOC true believers will not abjure their faith in the almighty state. They cannot be converted or convinced by reality. Only defeated.

I myself am retired, and even when working was not really an entrepreneur. But today, my efforts are concentrated on what preparations I can make so that my children and family, and like minded people can have the best chance possible to survive the Long Night. We have lost the youth of our country, enslaving them to the dictates and bureaucracy of an all powerful state.

Subotai Bahadur
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And I would add: let's not forget how the Greatest Generation thoroughly screwed things up in the sixties and seventies before the boomers had come of age to become a significant voting bloc. The leadership provided by the Greatest Generation in both government and the military was catastrophically bad, giving us, among other things, the Vietnam War--a war fought largely by a draftee military of boomer kids whose average age was 19 years (check it out, and note, not old enough to vote) and which won EVERY major encounter with the enemy despite the wretchedly conceived and executed strategy of the military establishment, and only to have it all thrown way by the Greatest Generation members of our government. Also, and please note all ye boomer haters, that the leftist Gramsci-ian takeover of our universities in the sixties was executed largely by academics born in the 1930s and before. Even by 1970 only the very advanced cohorts of the baby boomers had gotten all the way through college; most were still not of voting age. I wasn't, and I was born in 1950, making me one of the early boomers.

And, btw, I haven't retired and don't know when I will (and will be able to afford retirement): I'm still paying into the system, still paying the man, STILL PAYING HUGE TAXES that support all the structures boomers are accused of exploiting and draining. So, all you jack-a-napes who criticize boomers for being a burden to society, I say GO SUCK ON IT.

There, I had to get that off my chest. Feel better now.
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Each additional dollar of deficit is another dollar they have to discharge in order to pay for the bills of the Boomers.

Wot, this "blame the boomers" trope annoys me no end, not least because I am one. Obama ain't no boomer. Boomers didn't establish social security or medicare. Boomers paid for "the greatest generation"s social security, made good on FDR's promises. Boomers have yet to collect on their own retirements, and most I know are trying to work to 70 1/2 and beyond (for that matter so did my father - and grandfather!).

The academic environments and the early work environments that the yutes today have to go through really are distressing, but the distress should trouble everyone not just them, and the videos you show are part of the new media environment everyone lives in. The young just have less resistance, poor babies. At the same time the young have more resistance because everything is virtual for them, just some show that came on when they pushed the wrong button, nothing they ever made, and nothing they can't turn off and walk away from. Nothing that can't be fixed by clicking the right button, having the right code. Somebody can fix it, or tell them what to do. It's not the kind of stuff they can work out on their own. Nothing is.

And yet they also live in a new environment where three geeks in a garage can become multi-billionaires just by following their noses. Maybe some yute will discover a way to send messages in only 139 characters and become the richest person in the universe. That's hopeful, anyway.
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My son was decreed to have ADHD when he first entered high school and was prescribed Ritalin. Before I let him take this I took one myself and went to work (he would be expected to study and do his chores while under the influence). When I came home I flushed the remaining pills down the toilet. He is now 27 years of age, married and gainfully employed. He is a good son who honors his parents, his nation and his God.

After providing food, clothing and shelter the parents' most important job is to teach their children the mores, customs and traditions of the culture into which they have been born and in which they will live. What we are witnessing today is the failure of a majority in at least the last 3 generations of Americans to properly teach their children to be Americans. The reasons are no doubt many and varied but the end result has been the unleashing of millions of barbarians who know little or nothing of their own history (and could care less) or who have been taught lies in a deliberate effort to turn them into internal enemies of their own nation.

A 25% rate of unemployment means, in todays world of the welfare state, that the employed 75% must provide for themselves and their families and for those who are unable or unwilling to provide for themselves. If I have a wife and child to house, feed and nurture I also have an unseen dependent whose needs must (I have no choice in the matter) be provided for as well. I can plan to provide for three but that unseen fourth will always be there siphoning off money and resources. This may be tolerable as a temporary situation but as it is becoming chronic it is slowly but surely destroying prosperity and human dignity.

In the past there have actually been men who erected pyramids of skulls as monuments to their conquests. None of them ever were president of the United States of America. I will not mention that we are all human with human weaknesses, etc., etc. to try and explain the moral lapses of the past. Instead I point out that no nation in the history of the world has achieved a higher level of broadly distributed wealth and liberty as the United States of America. That others manage to achieve some degree of the same is a tribute to their ability to emulate, in some degree, what was first created here. When I read comments about presidents standing atop pyramids of skulls I know I am reading pure ignorance overlain with distortions and lies in order to give the appearance of plausibility. Such statements are the product of "education" aimed at destroying, not enhancing, the nation and its people.
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I value your essays very much. However, it seems to me that they are getting harder to read--misplaced words, words repeated in the sentence when the repetition does not make sense, wrong words. It is as if the essays have passed 'spell check' and 'spell correct' but not a good proof reading. You ideas are so good that they deserve a good proof reading before publishing.

Best wishes, Jimj
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Show me a child who is unable to do anything, and I'll show you a worthless parent. Show me a teen who sits around on his or her a** all day instead of doing something productive, and I'll show you a worthless parent. Show me a 20-something kid who got a degree in interpretive dance, owes over $100,000 in student loans, and I'll show you a worthless parent.

Look, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to educate the chidlren. Education does not mean ignoring your responsibility and expecting the state to do it for you. Your responsibility is to raise children that are capable of living independently and taking care of themselves if/when you die.

If there are skills that the child never acquired at home, there are lots of free resources available through county programs, online, through the libraries, through the state, and countless other places where they can learn things free of charge. Adult education programs. Agricultural extension programs.

If somebody wants to be ignorant, it's their own damn fault.
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I'm sure the old can find another use for the young:

Scientists say young blood transfusions reverse aging:

"Two separate teams of scientists have announced that blood
transfusions from young individuals make older individuals younger, fixing
their hearts and curing aging brains. Speaking to the New York Times,
Harvard Medical School's professor of neurology Rudolph Tanzi, "these
findings could be a game changer.""

See:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/scientists-say-young-blood-transfusions-reverse-aging-1571684662/+jesusdiaz

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dumpster - We may be old but we are not vampires.
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As if there isn't enough vampirism of our progeny.
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"But that is no more. Even childhood has been taken from them. The children we profess to love are drugged against ADD, hunted by pedophiles who are unaccountably more numerous than before. For play they have rubbery health and safety things, in place of things like climbing trees or discovering their neighborhoods. It means being enclosed in “schools” some of which can’t even teach them to read their names yet require they stay in place when some nutcase comes a-gunning for them, without even the protection of their elders, who are curiously disallowed the means to defend their charges, maybe for the first time since humanity emerged."

All signs of the dissipation of the culture.

dis·si·pa·tion
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noun
1.
dissipated living.
"a descent into drunkenness and sexual dissipation"
synonyms: debauchery, decadence, dissoluteness, dissolution, intemperance, excess, overconsumption, profligacy, self-indulgence, wildness; More
antonyms: asceticism
2.
squandering of money, energy, or resources.
"the dissipation of the country's mineral wealth"
synonyms: squandering, frittering (away), waste, misspending;

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The two film clips are truly alarming signs of the fascism of today's national socialists. The first clip with the up-dated storm troopers is especially disturbing. By comparison, the Hitler Youth actually appeared wholesome with better uniforms and a snappier salute, but these new tools of the state are just as disturbing. Drilling and singing anthems to a national leader is utterly foreign to the American heritage.

The next logical step is for the appearance of reeducation schools, giant posters of the the Dear Leader, and public denunciations of political deviants who support the Constitution.

Who on the left starts this crap and where do they get the idea that it is wholesome and normal? Are there no responsible, educated leaders on the left to voice concern at where they are going?
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The only way to rid ourselves of the governing class is to rid ourselves of the government.
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Re Boomer's didn't fix it when they had the chance, either. Boomers started in 1946. Add 21 years and they are entering the voter pool starting in 1967.

Now just a dang minute. The fact that boomers didn't START entering the voter pool until 1967 reinforces my point, i.e. that they didn't become a SIGNIFICANT voting bloc until the late 70s. In the early 80s the early cohorts of the boomers began coming into their majority (becoming "thirtysomethings") and guess what? In 1981 Ronald Reagan was elected president and would remain president until 1989. Who do you think was chiefly responsible for electing Reagan? That's right, kiddies: the massive numbers of boomers who numerically dominated the electorate and who gave Reagan two landslide victories. And need I point out that the Reagan years saw unprecedented economic growth in the U.S. chiefly because, that's right boyz and girlz, boomers in their twenties and thirties were participating in the workforce in massive and massively productive numbers and were increasingly entering management positions. Btw, under Reagan we had the strongest military the world has ever seen and we won the Cold War, the key struggle of our age, the struggle that was won thanks to boomers (for reasons mentioned above). Should I tell you who was commanding the military in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom? Yep, you guessed it: boomers.
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So maybe I lied, if The Baby Boom was 1946 to 1965, then Presidents WJC, GWB, and yes BHO are all "boomers".

Can "boomers" be blamed for everything they did? For anything they did? For stuff they didn't do? Well, y'know, I hope not. It's hard to blame the election of a president on just one generation when at least three tend to be voting at any given time, much less there are no real dividing lines.

I'd go more with the age of the candidate than the age of the electorate, but clearly the electorate too was dramatically split around any of these three. Perhaps most clearly on Clinton, actually, things were just so different just those short 22 years ago. Clinton was our guy. Bush not so much, and Obama is just an alien and was voted in by aliens, near as I can tell, but his claimed date of birth in 1961 makes him as much a boomer as he is an American.

And then I guess it is "da boomers" who rocketed up the debt, though as RoughcoatX says, it's also then the boomers who grew the economy to the point where such a thing could be done without instant collapse. And we may even have to claim as our legacy that it was the Bernanke (b. 1953) who invented the economy in which we print 30% of the federal budget every year (yes we also borrow another 30% per year, but that's been done before).
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I'm given to understand that Obama is not a boomer. I thought the determinant for being a boomer was generational (i.e. biological) rather than year of birth. Obama's mother was born in 1942. Does that make her a boomer? It does if her parents were of the generation that gave birth to boomers. Which means that Obama can't be a boomer.

Rather than blame things on Bernanke and his [boomer] ilk, let's just cut to the chase and blame Keynes.

In any case, and in the words of the inimitable Monte Walsh: "I ain't gonna spit on my whole past."

No, I ain't.

Because if we do then let's blame every generation for every bad thing that happened on their watch.

The generation blaming game is really stupid and that was one of the points I was trying to make, however obliquely.
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My grandfather went home to Kentucky after his first enlistment in the Navy. It was 1921. He joined his uncle in the mines, as a 'stump robber'. Stump robbers blew and loaded the coal that had been left behind as pillars holding up the mine. As they blew the pillars the mine collapsed behind them. They got TWO DOLLARS a ton instead of the going rate of one dollar per ton. I do not know how much of this was a sea story to keep me in collage and earn a commission, but it worked.

Grandpa always said he knew he had made a mistake the first day. It took him four months to get enough money to pay off his brand new Indian motorcycle and get train fair back to Norfolk to re-enlist. (The re-enlistment requirement of the day was to join back up in the same place you were released from service, the Navy having already paid for one train ticket on your initial enlistment.) He retired in 1946.

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Can't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
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What nonsense.
"The last decades have been hard upon the Western youth. They have little prospect of employment. In Europe youth unemployment is nearing 25% in places. "

The moron clearly doesn't understand that 25% unemployment means that you are three times more likely than not to be employed.
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And the 25 percent that are not employed do what?
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You are missing the point: 75% is not "little prospect"
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And in the depths of the Great Depression in 1933 the unemployment rate was only 24.75% (http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1528.html ) I can’t imagine what all the fuss was about.
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