That loud beeping you hear isn’t the coin-operated I.V. drip machine I bought on Amazon announcing I need to add more quarters if I want more scotch. It’s me backing up into some rank punditry. Please be patient—or just skip ahead.
Longtime readers probably know that I’m not a huge fan of generational politics. In fact, I’m downright curmudgeonly about it. Yeah, yeah, there are some things that shape generational cohorts in interesting ways. For example, Gen X attitudes interest me because A) I am a Gen Xer, and B) We were the last generation to grow up in a pre-internet culture, yet were young enough to make the transition relatively easily.
But for every interesting thing to be said about generational stereotypes, 10 dumb things are shouted that amount to a kind of secular astrology or, particularly in the case of youth politics, the cheapest form of identity politics.