The latest mindless internet meme, “OK Boomer,” is a dismissive catchphrase used by so-called millennials. It went viral after an elderly man posted a video where he described millennials as a group of people suffering from the “Peter Pan” syndrome, that is to say, they never want to grow up and face reality.
Naturally, this pejorative fits comfortably within the larger social justice narrative. Millennials believe Baby Boomers are in denial of climate change (recently rebranded as climate collapse), are resistant to technological change, and of course indifferent to the supposed plight of state-mandated special classes of people said to be “marginalized” and “at-risk” of violence perpetrated by “toxic” white males.
Boomers are blamed for the economic hardship millennials face. It does not occur to them Boomers are victims of the same rigged economic monetary system, a vacuum hose sucking up the vast majority of wealth upward into banks, corporations, and the offshore coffers of a financial class. It does not occur to them—and this is largely the fault of “public education”—that Boomers are victims of the same exploitative and parasitical behavior of a predatory class as their children and grandchildren.
This critique rarely makes it to the pages of the NYT or the screens of MSNBC, CNN, FOX, etc. because reality and history are deliberately obfuscated and distorted by the establishment and its institutions, including a media long ago penetrated by the national security state.
The corporate propaganda media regurgitates economic statistics put out by the state—low inflation, new jobs, record unemployment—and most of it is bullshit, something keenly smelt out here in flyover country.
All of this economic turmoil and decline isn’t an unavoidable force of nature. It’s not part of a self-correcting dynamic. It is instead a well-plotted course of action.
It is the next phase of the neoliberal agenda—a consolidation of global wealth in the hands of a hidden and powerful few. This economic concentration and centralization have resulted in massive social and political upheaval around the world, specifically over the last few years. Neoliberal strip-mine operations—corporate privatization and exploitation of resources—have operated since the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the Bretton Woods system and its now faltering sibling, Bretton Woods II.
The financial elite and their corporate partners are authoritarian in orientation—and some argue by genetic predisposition—and the final objective is complete control of a global economic arrangement and all it entails, including the role of world militaries and law enforcement.
Before this can happen, however, the population in the so-called first world must have its standard of living reduced drastically. I believe we are seeing this unfold and have since the orchestrated “subprime crisis” of a decade ago. The Federal Reserve admits it orchestrated the Great Depression—and it is now pulling off a greatly magnified rerun as a number of economic time bomb asset bubbles ripen and ready to implode with disastrous social and political result.
It’s a classic Hegelian “Problem, Reaction, Solution” strategy. Crash the economy—after strip-mining it of wealth—and propose police state and command economy “solutions” on a global scale to ameliorate problems.
Before that can happen, however, the population must be propagandized and politically polarized to such extent violence is inevitable.
9/11 ushered in a raft of totalitarian legislation and the next phase will do likewise. One possibility for a viable pretext for the unleashing of a militarized police—or the US military proper—on America may be a false flag terror attack blamed on “white supremacists and conspiracy theory extremists,” two groups of Americans now under the magnifying glass of America’s secret political police, the FBI.
Millennials and boomers are woefully ignorant of the real way the world works. They are subject to relentless propaganda and sheltered from the harsh realities of neoliberal economics, at least for the moment. America’s problems are blamed on foreign nations—Russia, China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, virtually ad nauseam—and we are lectured continually on how this roster of enemies pose a dire threat to America. Meanwhile, cancer eats away from within.
The “OK Boomer” pejorative—trendy, thoughtless, knee-jerk, and fitting of our era of shared historical ignorance and political narcosis—is further evidence we may not realize until it is too late the precise cause of our social and political demise.
Instead of addressing real issues—economic piracy by the elite, manufactured war for-profit, corporate destruction of ecosystems—we are caught in a downward cycle that will produce widespread poverty, endless conflict, and destruction for private profit.