I am a member of what is known as Generation X, a demographic designation defined by Douglas Coupland in his 1991 novel of the same name. Born roughly between 1965 and 1980, Gen Xers are the children of post-WWII Baby Boomers. Coupland characterized Gen Xers as listless, cynical and anti-establishment. But what kind of people make up Generation X? A website called Value Options provides this insight into the Gen Xer experience:
As Baby Boomers took their time to grow up in a world that beckoned them, built malls for them and seduced them into adulthood kicking and screaming, Generation X was pushed toward adulthood at an age earlier than any other recent generation. Whereas Baby Boomers came to understand that the future was theirs for the taking, Generation X felt the future had been given to their parents and older siblings and found the future disappointing and somewhat unappealing. While Baby Boomers whined about the long lines for gas in the mid-1970s, Gen Xers watched from the back seat wondering what the future held. Just like the malls, shopping centers and office buildings they would come to work in and the videos they would rent, everything appeared secondhand and pre-viewed.
Born between 1965 and 1980, Gen Xers grew up in an era of emerging technology and political and institutional incompetence. Watergate, Three Mile Island, Bhopal, the Iranian hostage crisis, Iran-Contra and the Clinton-Lewinsky debacles mark the emergence of this generation. Mimeograph machines turned into high-speed copiers, faxes plodded from 30 minutes a page to seconds, and heavy adding machines were replaced with handheld calculators. Whereas computers were the size of whole buildings for the Traditional Generation and whole rooms for Baby Boomers, the computer now became a desktop appliance.
Gen Xers spent less time with their parents than previous generations of children had. First recognized as latchkey kids, this generation found themselves home alone and taking care of themselves and their siblings, while their parents worked. Divorce was common. They were not coddled for every emotional need and want. Gen Xers learned that their parents were human and fallible and often found themselves treating their parents like older friends. Autonomy and self-reliance, rather than respect for authority, was a natural byproduct of the Generation X childhood.
Gen Xers learned independence early in life and turned it into a valuable hallmark as they progressed in the working world. Just as Gen Xers were about to hit the workforce to make their mark in the world, the economic decline at the end of the 1980s occurred. Suddenly the future looked crowded. Competition for jobs was tight. The American dream had changed. For the first time in history, this generation was being told that they would not be able to replicate the lifestyles of their Baby Boomer cousins and parents. Ungraciously dubbed the ‘boomerang generation,’ many Gen Xers were forced to move back in with parents while in their 20s.
As much as I hate to admit it, this description is actually quite accurate. It is somewhat depressing, because it reveals how typical my life was growing up. And here I thought that I was an individual shaped by unique life experiences! Turns out I am nothing more than a product of my environment—and a particularly toxic environment at that—just one of many nameless faces among the rabble of damaged people strewn across the plastic and phony American landscape like carelessly discarded junk food wrappers.
One aspect the above descriptions do not touch upon, however, is the fact that Gen Xers were perhaps the first generation in America to have no solid cultural touchstone to cling to. Our generation begins in 1965, the same year the Hart-Celler Act was passed, and one year after the Civil Rights Act became law. This is significant, because these are the two laws primarily responsible for destroying American culture.
During the same period, my Boomer parents were targeted by the CIA-created “counterculture” mind control PSYOP, which began in earnest at Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s. The love generation was programmed to turn on, tune in and drop out, as non-White immigrants began streaming into the country almost as quickly as potent Owsley Acid was passed out for free at a Grateful Dead show. Suddenly, everyone from Navajos to Negroes began reconnecting with their native cultures and taking pride in who they were. Their stories did not begin in America, but were altered forever because of it. White hippies enthusiastically humped to the Buffalo Springfield amid blue-gray clouds of marijuana smoke, while the animosity toward them grew like a cancer in the hearts of non-White Americans who no longer wanted anything to do with what, up to that point, had been a shared vision of American life. The stream of immigrants soon turned into a flood that, in my life time, has transformed America from a country with a 90% White population in the year of my birth, to one where today, Whites are on the verge of becoming a minority.
This resulted in the Balkanization of the American populace. All of a sudden, everyone became hyphenated humans: African-Americans, Irish-Americans and Mexican-Americans. Note that “America” is listed second in that descriptor. Suddenly, people who were born and raised in America, people who had no passports, much less experience traveling outside the U.S., were claiming that their African, Irish or Mexican heritage was more central to their identity than their birthplace and the only home they had ever known. And White people in particular championed these changes, encouraging non-White people to identify with non-American identities and cheering on Black Pride and other movements that, by their very nature, were antithetical to White American culture.
By the time the first Gen Xers hit puberty, the only people who weren’t allowed to be proud of themselves were White people. Beginning the in 1970s, the media began presenting us with female leads, Black heroes and the normalization of homosexuality. By the end of the 1980s, rap music was openly hostile to White people, exclaiming “fuck the police!” As political correctness spread like a virulent case of the clap on college campuses throughout the country, then infiltrated mass media and settled in the American consciousness, everything White became “problematic”—particularly White males. Now, in the 21st century, White people are the root of all evil, and it goes without saying this has always been the case.
Most of us have been swept along with this current, moving lock-step amid the slow and deliberate destruction of our culture, history and the last vestiges of the country our forefathers built. We are meant to feel guilty. We are supposed to apologize and feel shame. We are expected to give up our privilege, which includes our jobs, our wealth, our possessions and even our lives.
This cultural genocide is not a recent phenomenon. If you are a Gen Xer, I encourage you to go back and re-watch movies and TV shows you loved as a child. While our parents grew up with Donna Reed, Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver, TV shows that reinforced the traditional family, traditional gender roles and White American values, Gen Xers grew up watching shows like Three’s Company (pushing acceptance of homosexuality) Mork & Mindy (pushing acceptance of immigrants/outsiders) and Diff’rent Strokes (pushing racial equality and acceptance of interracial families). If you watch carefully, you will discover that the programming was already in place, the agenda already in motion. The foundation for where we find ourselves today was already being constructed way back then. In fact, this began long before most of us were born, but we have the dubious distinction of essentially being lab rats, the canaries in the coalmine of the cultural Marxist, death-by-diversity, multiculturalism-is-the-only-way-forward dynamo that has our minds and spirits in a death grip.
As the above Gen X description implies, we have been conditioned and manipulated, confined in a controlled environment since birth. The things we believe to be our principles, ethics and morality have been, to a substantial degree, programmed into us through the institutions that have dominated our entire lives: dumbed-down government schooling, toxic mainstream media (film, TV, music), for-profit/tax-exempt organized religion and corporate-funded dogma masquerading as science. In fact, if we bother to reflect at all on where our ideas on how the world works come from, we will likely discover that our sense of fairness, justice and honor are not innate and logical conclusions. Nor were they time-honored values passed down from our parents. Instead, they have been drilled into us through the lies and propaganda of the aforementioned institutions, whose aims are to pacify, control and destroy us.
Gen Xers are known as the “lost generation” because the traditions, values and culture that normally constitute the glue that binds together people in a society have been wiped away and replaced with exclusively non-White victimhood based on lies that serve primarily to demonize and disempower White Americans.
Thus, it shouldn’t be difficult to understand why Gen Xers are characterized as listless, cynical and anti-establishment. Can you blame us?