Boomers grew up under post war Governments that knew the danger boom bust capitalism posed to democracies. If you don’t care for your citizens they radicalise and turn to fascism and communism. Hence the cradle to grave subsidisation of Boomer lives and the economically privileged position they attained in society.
Millennials grew up ensconced in neoliberal culture where the individual was Über Alles. Robbed of class solidarity and splintered by identity politics they were told everyone was special and that specialness demanded trigger free safe spaces in case they felt their specialness threatened. without the political muscle to change the neoliberal economic hegemonic structure, they turned to the ruthless policing of micro aggressions instead and living with the grim reality of climate change, managed to make themselves a squealing generation that alienates rather than builds.
Within this framework, it’s easy to see how ‘Ok Boomer’ is really just an extension of Millennial Identity Politics which our middle class Greens excel in…
Like much of online culture, “OK Boomer” tells us something about the cultural dominance of upper-middle-class youth. These young people are surrounded by baby boomers who’ve “hoarded all the wealth” and polluted the planet in the process. They haven’t had to witness – or deal with the ramifications of – old age and precarity for millions of working people in that generational cohort. Instead they get to revel without self-reflection in oedipal angst about their elders – many of whom were kind enough to pass them their ill-gotten privileges.
…As a Gen Xer I can’t stand Millennials or Boomers, but as a class leftist the delineation of power in a society is the 1% and their 9% enablers vs the 90% rest of us.
The point of defining Boomers as a generation is to point out that they lived with Governments that saw the necessity of subsidising their citizens lives rather than leaving them to the free market and user pays.
Identity Politics splinters and divides so there can be no chance of gaining the 51% democratic majority and while indulging in it makes our ability to seize back politics from the 1% and their 9% enablers far more difficult, it’s funny as hell to see Boomers who attack Millennials for being snowflakes become so triggered by a two word phrase.
Meanwhile, Gen Xers and Millennials continue to live with the economic decision to adopt user pays free market dynamics to turn houses from homes into investments…
Johanna Knox used to own her own home, but being on a single income and facing higher house prices, it’s no longer possible.
“This was 20 years ago, and the difference from then to now is just incredible, especially when you consider how little wages have gone up.”
Knox’s situation is increasingly common – new Census data shows New Zealand’s home ownership rates are at their lowest level since 1951.
…we have all been betrayed by neoliberalism, when Millennials and Gen Xers become the largest voting block in the 2026 election, the enemy to defeat is the naked capitalism that benefitted so many Boomers, not the Boomers themselves.