Sunday, April 02, 2017

Millenial Angst

Baby boomers ruined America, according to this Generation X author

Published: Apr 1, 2017 10:05 a.m. ET

Millennials have a reputation for being entitled, self-absorbed and lazy, but a new book argues that their parents are actually a bigger danger to society.
In “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Boomers Betrayed America,” Bruce Cannon Gibney traces many of our nation’s most pressing issues, including climate change and the rising cost of education, back to baby boomers’ idiosyncrasies and enormous political power. Raised in an era of seemingly unending economic prosperity with relatively permissive parents, and the first generation to grow up with a television, baby boomers developed an appetite for consumption and a lack of empathy for future generations that has resulted in unfortunate policy decisions, argues Gibney, who is in his early 40s. (That makes him Generation X.)
“These things conditioned the boomers into some pretty unhelpful behaviors and the behaviors as a whole seem sociopathic,” he said.

Bruce Cannon Gibney is a venture capitalist and writer. An early investor in PayPal, he later joined Founders Fund, where he and his colleagues funded Facebook, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Airbnb, Lyft, and other start-ups. 

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I sure hope this is an April Fools joke.


Edit:  And no joke.  Moving further along the middle hillside were these patches of geranium, lavender and some cute pink butterfly attracting bush.  Pretty much everything else in the picture is weeds. Under the weeds is a nice bed of Myoporum parvifolium. 

58 comments:

Lawyerliz said...

First she srz, selfishly and egotistically.

Lawyerliz said...

Sez

Rob Dawg said...

Lol! Best "first" I've seen in quite some time. :)


Hey, Cinco. Will they have Fenway Park shoveled out in time for open day tomorrow?

EngineerJim said...

>I sure hope this is an April Fools joke.

Nah, that book came out long before April 1.
But, as others have pointed out, blaming a specific generation for all the problems in the world is beyond stupid.
But hey, whatever sells a book.

Lawyerliz said...

Funny, I don't feel like a sociopath. You know, there were so many of us, we had to fight for everything against our cohort. I really don't understand how we caused high student college tuition.

Lawyerliz said...

Well I'm not gonna buy it.

Cinco-X said...

Well... You ARE a lawyer...

Cinco-X said...

Dunno... But the weather is supposed to be nice... For New England

Cinco-X said...

Based on overheard millennial conversations in the cafe, I think he'll sell a LOT...

EngineerJim said...

Supposedly the boomer generation is from 1946 to 1960.
So if you were born in 1945 or 1961, that leaves you off the hook?
Goes to show how dumb the whole premise of the book is

Rob Dawg said...

Having spent my entire life "competing" with 1945-1955 types a few years older and so numerous that even merit was not enough I want to suggest 1956-1966 be their own cohort and we can call ourselves "Cuspers."

Lawyerliz said...

Hub was born in 43
He never would have got into Hopkins if he was born in 46.
Not with his grades even with the 99th percentile sats.

Lawyerliz said...

Ok.

Lawyerliz said...

Well, tell me, 'cause I don't know.

Lawyerliz said...

Actually the worst year for too many kids was 1947 births. There were 3 classes in the Catholic school, not 2.

Lawyerliz said...

His whole live would have been completely different.

EngineerJim said...

Well I was born in 41, so I had it easy.

Lawyerliz said...

Relatively, yes.

Lawyerliz said...

House up another 70 bucks.

There is a right and wrong time to buy a house. Nobody pokes you with a stick to tell you now! Or don't . There were a couple of people I said don't to. But of course they ignored me.

LBD said...

Just another crybaby blaming life on others. Sad. :(

EngineerJim said...

>Just another crybaby blaming life on others. Sad. :(

If you're talking about Gibney, I would say life has been very very good for him personally.
Hedge fund manager, venture capitalist.

Rob Dawg said...



It's addictive. a fun game. The dawghaus is back well above +$500/day after a few weeks of threatening to drop below that.

Let me check the most recent rental purchase...
a modest $75/day. Still more than the gross rent.

Mike said...

economy is at full employment with plenty of upward mobility potential as the bbers retire...cry me a river millennials.

EngineerJim said...

>economy is at full employment with plenty of upward mobility potential as the bbers retire...cry me a river millennials.

I was reading the other day where there is an actual shortage of construction workers. Carpenters and bricklayers in particular are getting top wages.

Wonder how we are going to rebuild infrastructure if there's a shortage of construction workers (slowly, I guess).

Rob Dawg said...

More whining:
http://documents.bayareacouncil.org/bacp17exodus1.pdf

Millennials aren’t the only ones considering leaving. Respondents
in the lowest income bracket and those spending the biggest chunk of their incomes on housing also want to get out. The poll found
that 49 percent of residents spending between 45-55 percent of their income on housing costs are likely to bid adieu in the next few years, while 55 percent of those spending 60 percent or more
of their pay on housing say they’ll be packing their bags.
Among those in households making $75,000 per year or less, 46 percent indicate they are likely to leave within the next few years.

LBD said...

I left WLA when things got hot and I couldn't afford to by the shop RE I rented. Peanuts by today's standards. I moved to Denver and found gold. I could have sat around and blamed the world for my plight. I would love to live up Stone Canyon but nobody listened to my plea. LOL!

Lawyerliz said...

Well, that will solve the price problem. Perhaps salary increases will ensue.

Lawyerliz said...

That Atlanta fire was started by a druggie homeless man. It will cost prolly in excess of a billion dollars when you count time lost to commuters. Several thoughts. That billions would pay for an awful lot of housing for the homeless and addicted and an awful lot of treatment also. This was promised decades ago when an awful lot of really bad insane asylums were shut down. It never happen and the bridge collapse is just the most obvious of the cost of turning these people out. It is high time this promise was kept. A census should be taken of the bridge dwellers. Then housing asylum whatever you want to call them, should be built and spots under bridges closed off, because of the danger. Then the homeless residenTs moved in. If they want to leave fine, but not for under bridges. I doubt this will happen, since these people are not seen as worthy of humane treatment.

Mike said...

That billions would pay for an awful lot of housing for the homeless and addicted and an awful lot of treatment also.

they've tried that up here Liz. Many of them don't want "treatment"..and they don't want any housing/shelter that puts any kind of rules on them.

Rob Dawg said...

allocation/misallocation. Restorative/remedial/preventative. Reactive/proactive.

Lawyerliz said...

Well, they can't live under bridges, and if they don't want to live there, I'm sure there some other poor people who could be moved in. But some accommodations must be made. Um, did anyone ask them what they do want? Every time they are found under a bridge they get moved to the accomodation.

Lawyerliz said...

Well should we just leave them under the bridges?

Mike said...

they have a very comprehensive program up here to get people off the streets, into temporary shelters, thru drug treatment and into job training/job placement. Some people take advantage of it and make it all the way thru..others try it and drop out..others don't want to be bothered by it. All they care about is their next fix...

Rob Dawg said...

Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy. A fun weiss beer.

Cinco-X said...

I suspect that there are enough beds in Atlanta homeless shelters... The problem is that folks like that don't want to live there by the rules... Ya know... No drugs or alcohol, etc

Cinco-X said...

Exactly

Rob Dawg said...

Just finished checking the lime tree. Six moths and it is gin and tonics for a year. I've never seen so many buds set.

LBD said...

For most I think it is a choice. There are tons of ways to get off the street and turn your life around if you want to. DoGooders need a hobby that feels good. IMO

Mike said...

It used to be called vagrancy..and against the law..and not surprisingly..there was a lot less of it..

Rob Dawg said...

Mike, why you hate freedom? This "law" stuff seems to be just about.... hmmmm. What are they about? Some seem to be about keeping people safe. Some seem to be about respecting the property of others. The last group seems to be about divvying up the commons.

Lawyerliz said...

Do vagrants decrease as employment opportunities increase?
I'd like it if no more expensive bridges burn down.

Good morning.

Lawyerliz said...

Wake up east coasters.

Lawyerliz said...

And Dawg, please post something new. That guy's totally smug face is extremely repulsive and annoying.

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Rain is back today.

LBD said...

Would vagrancy decrease if we had enforced illegal immigration laws?

Elizabeth Merceret said...

The vagrants I see are mostly white guys of apparently Western European decent. A veryfew of apparent middle eastern descent. Virtually​ none of Latin American descent.

Rob Dawg said...

Do the Hispanics get swept into gangs like they are here?

LBD said...

I have been thinking of how much savers have lost with low savings rates and how much tax revenue was lost as well. I know I have lost a lot.

LBD said...

Gangs are not just Hispanics. If you are raised in a gang family I bet chances are you will follow that life.

Lawyerliz said...

Not Cubans. Their mothers wouldn't let them.

Lawyerliz said...

Hub just saw a really big turtle, not a gopher tortoise, in our yard. It had a yellow stripe down the back. It is much .bigger than my grey friend in the front with the burrow under the rose bush.

Lawyerliz said...

It had a shiny shell.

Cinco-X said...

Latin families are pretty strong. Go to Atlanta or Memphis if you want to see black vagrants. And as Rob mentions, there are gangs for Hispanics, though I don't think it's a huge deal for vagrancy...

Cinco-X said...

Sounds a bit like a soft shelled turtle... Or maybe my memory fails me...I have seen them up over 30lbs...

Rob Dawg said...

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Turtles

Mike said...

DoGooders need a hobby that feels good.

yeah..and it seems they always want to drag the rest of us (financially or otherwise) into their "feel good" hobbies

Mike said...

Do vagrants decrease as employment opportunities increase?

apparently not..we are at (or near) full employment right now..

Rob Dawg said...

Per Liz' request new post without having to stare at a smug millenial.