Friday, September 02, 2011

Orthocuban: Baby Boomers and the Crime rate

Huh ... so if the only pattern correlating to a steady rise and fall in crime is the physical viability and age of Baby Boomers does this mean that the end to an age of crime will be when the last Baby Boomer has died off and stops collecting Social Security? Maybe the patriotic duty of Baby Boomers is to commit ritual suicide to stop living parasitically off of the government welfare programs they created so that they can make life easier for the children they thought they would make the world a safer, better place for? I don't really know, but it's curious that FBI stats indicate crime went up with the rise of Baby Boomers and has been going down as they become old people.

Could it be that Eric Cartman is right about hippies? I guess we'll see. Of course as the proverb puts it correlation is not proof of causation. A kinist will say the uptick in crime is due to black people pushing for privileges and hand-outs to usurp the white race. Others might look to the emergence of the deleterious influence of rock and roll or communism blooming in the 1960s. If it turns out the ONLY correlation is the generation of Baby Boomers coming of age into crime then this wouldn't manage to explain "why" this correlation is happening. Various people have been trying to read the wind on that for generations. It may be that there is nothing to read.

Sure, as someone who grew up in the 1980s and became an official adult just after the end of the Cold War I got the impression that Baby Boomers were the most preening, self-congratulatory generation on earth. My grandparents' generation fought in World War 2 and grew up weathering the Great Depression; my parents' generation smoked a lot of weed, went to college and took credit for "changing the world" but it's hard to tell what changed. After all, if you think about it policy changes in place about race relations done during the Eisenhower or Kennedy years were not done by the 20-year old hippies in the 1960s but by the generation of people who shed blood in World War 2, and in some cases maybe even World War 1.

So in terms of policies and their effects the Baby Boomers could be seen as doing their activism thing, but the people who ultimately implemented the policies that "changed the world" were the ones who had already changed the world by battling the Axis. Yeah, I'm being deliberately polemical here but the Baby Boomers seem to have gone through life being able to take for granted as their own victories that were obtained by the previous generation. Of course they played a role but the idea that one generation can take credit for changing the world is one that is impossible.

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