Foreign Policy - A Conspiracy of Dunces
The 30 year guerilla war against the middle class is now essentially over. Most people who think they are still in the Middle Class, are really only one paycheck away from bankruptcy. This next major "battle" will be between generations. The aging of the Baby Boomers has been a key factor in the overwhelming inertia behind the ongoing set of ludicrous and totally unsustainable policies. The Baby Boomers, being the largest voting bloc and also at or near retirement, have one overriding goal, which is to maintain the status quo at all costs. Don't reform, don't fix, don't change. They know that they have a very fixed and limited timeframe and therefore any amount of reform imposed on the economy or the status quo "system" will impose cost on them, but none of the benefit. Even though that generation extracted undue reward from the 30 year debt accumulation. Somehow the Baby Boomers started out as flower power hippy peaceniks and ended up either as hardcore right-wing Neocons or let-them-eat-cake phony limousine liberals. How the hell did that happen? To begin with, read "They Knew They Were Right" about the history of the Neocons, to understand how those thought dealers who were against U.S. involvement in WWII, went from being ultra-left Trotskyists in the 1930s to being right of Attila the Hun today. The Neocons are hardcore shape shifters who will hijack whatever societal trend is in vogue at the time and make it their own. And how is it that the Baby Boomers are the beneficiaries of the largest intragenerational wealth transfer in human history, yet still managed to squander the Social Security surplus on pointless wars and irresponsible tax cuts and also undersave on their own retirement? What can you say about a generation that takes down the largest inheritance in history, squanders its own retirement savings and then goes on to spend its own grandchildren into bankruptcy? Just like they were in the '60s, dancing around on LSD - Morally fucking bankrupt. The biggest irony in this lurching clusterfuck is that the alpha males who have always been the most vociferous in their phony flag waving support for a strong military, are also the ones who have mortally weakened their own country by endorsing successive false flag military campaigns financed by decades of supply side voodoo economics. They are a generation of glassy-eyed MBA con men, too lazy or stupid to make anything, so instead they sold everything that wasn't nailed down. Picture about a million George W. Bush-style undereducated frat boys ensconced in the highest echelons of Corporate America and one begins to comprehend the extent of damage that has been wrought. As I wrote recently, the Temple of Greed is already collapsing and anyone caught at the altar of greed this time is going to be trapped inside. Reality only owes us so many chances.
Bullshit: The Pablum of Comfort Seekers