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Never trust a hippy,
This review is from: What did the baby boomers ever do for us?: Why the Children of the Sixites Lived the Dream and Failed the Future (Paperback)
A generation fought and prevailed in World War Two. Not content with that, and even as a broke country, they bequeathed their children the NHS, free university education, and the welfare state. They wanted the best for their children and so stood up to evil landlord Uncle Sam and did the right thing. And how were this stalwart generation repaid?
Basically with rebellion, with sex, drugs, and rock n roll - with American anti-socialism imported by starry-eyed flower children. The generation that fought the war, their values and their sacrifices, were rejected by their children. And for what?
This book spells out for what in shocking detail. For celebrity culture, for individualism perverted into individual greed, for modish vacuity and irresponsibility and petulant denial of what was handed to them. The baby boomers did not just drop the baton but bartered it for a second home and a comfortable retirement, then contemptuously pulled up the ladder on their own children in turn.
All the hot air on marches and demos was just that. The placard wavers turned out to be reactionaries such as Charles Clark, Jack Straw, Peter Hitchens. Inevitably we got our baby boomer PMs - Blair and Brown. They turned out to be martial immorals (Blair's Iraq / Brown's 'national service' scheme) who widened the poverty gap that Attlee had closed. They denied the next generation the liberties they themselves enjoyed, such as the free further education that put them into their supposed positions of responsibility. They denied their duty to act responsibly. They looked forward but not back.
And so we find ourselves marooned in Cameron's Britain, under our first post-boomer PM. Not only socialists need to reassert the values that Beveridge and Attlee stood for. Even pre-boomer Conservative polticians such as Macmillan appreciated the value of what Attlee achieved. From Thatcher since that consensus has been trashed.
In this, the 70th Anniversary year of the Battle Britain, we need to re-appreciate the massive achievements of that war and post-war era, before the attention seekers of the 60s came into technocolour view. Now should be just the time to see through the boomer's Glam-Racket. It is the least our progressive ancestors and proper traditions deserve.
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2012 16:17:29 BDT
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I am not un-proud of my many voluntary activities e.g. supporting the new-born NHS against Tory efforts to strangle 'socialist medicine' and (instead of flashy show biz campaigns) simply paying the pension of a Gurkha soldier's widow. It is no good trying to tell the selfish generations about 1939-45 and the deprivations that went on long after that War ended officially. Knowing what I now know, and despite a deep love and gratitude to the NHS in recent years, I think I would just be totally selfish if I had my time over again. I would certainly be much better off financially. If you can't beat them, better join them, maybe?
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