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Date published: 2006/08/17

The BBC says:

Baby boomers like to trumpet their generation's achievements. But their fondness for conspicuous consumption and foreign travel has led to many a modern-day ill, from rising debt to environmental woes.
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Now, as the boomers become "ageing hipsters", we're constantly being reminded of their achievements.

They gave us rock 'n' roll (which might explain the recent book, Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss), mod cons, the space race, computer science, and a rebellious disregard for the stiff-upper-lipped attitudes of earlier generations.

But did the baby boomers also leave behind a negative, even destructive legacy?

With their thirst for "stuff" - bigger houses, better cars, tastier grub - did they give rise to a culture of selfish consumption?

And by challenging old-fashioned moralism, did they inadvertently nurture a climate of promiscuity - even fuelling the spread of STDs?

More nonsense about the baby boomers from the chattering classes (here, who happen to be employed by the BBC). Baby boomers are exactly like all other humans throughout history. They want a better life for themselves and their children. And there are plenty of great baby boomers just like there are plenty of horrid ones, as with all generations. Of course some people have books or articles to flog and the best they can come up with is some drivel about how dreadful baby boomers are. The authors would do better to look in the mirror.

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