Sclerotic Institutions and The Comfort of a Demographic Death


John David Duke Jr

David was begotten and conceived in the ordinary way in the middle of 1972, possibly on his father's birthday. Since then, it's been an unremarkable go, except for the time his dad took him to help disarm a Cherokee woman who was shooting at her mother with a rifle.

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  1. Avatar DensityDuck

    “I’m in a club whose board members are actively giving up their positions in order to make room for younger enthusiasts such as myself[.]”

    This is such an important thing in life, and it’s such a source of trouble, and will be going forward. People are out there wondering why the Nineties won’t die, and it’s because the people who got in charge back then refuse to quit. The entirety of Generation X died on the vine waiting for their turn to lead, and now that Boomers are finally wondering whether maybe eight-five years old is too old to be in charge of Congress, everyone’s saying “well who ELSE is gonna be in charge?”Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to DensityDuck

      Well, we aren’t dead yet, but we have gotten bored waiting for our turn, and have moved on to other things.

      Perhaps the FAA has it right with the 65 retirement rule. Sure, perhaps you can still fly at 66, but there is a logic to letting the younger pilots gain seniority.

      Of course, when it comes to politics, this is the logical result of politics being a lifelong career, rather than a calling to service. Even the military forces everybody out by age 70.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to DensityDuck

      Biden, Pelosi, and McConnell are all too old to be Boomers. Trump, Bush II, and the Clinton’s are all first-year Boomers. Obama’s a tail-end Boomer officially, although I’ve always thought they stretched the defining period way too long. (Are there any “generations” since that span 20 years?) Those of us born in the 50s have been pretty much as shut out as anyone.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird

    An excellent essay.

    Part of the problem with our new and improved future is that our communities are online now.

    When I was a kid, Scotty lived in the house on the left, Timmy lived in the house on the right, Robert lived across the street, and we rode bikes. Tony lived all the way down the block but we weren’t allowed to play with him. His parents were mean.

    My parents had the neighbors over for what we called a barbeque… mostly grilled burgers or skewers off the grill. They had us over.

    I don’t know the name of my neighbors next door. Across the street? Fuggitabowdit.Report

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