First things first, I will begin this rant with 2 disclaimers;
1) Before anyone complains that this article is ‘ageist’, I would like to state that I wrote it as a *reaction* to the hundreds of articles circulating the net which attack, insult and patronise Millenials. It is hardly fair to say that the under 35s are fair game for derision, slander, and spite from the commentariat, then complain that the reverse is ‘ageist’. What is truly ‘ageist’ is denying working, taxpaying 16 and 17 years olds the vote, charging a 25 year old who has been driving six years higher car insurance than a 45 year old new driver, setting the minimum wage lower for younger (i.e. more energetic) workers, denying them housing benefit, while granting it to older people, or any of the other myriad ways the young are expressly singled out for unfair treatment in modern Britain.
2) This is an attack on the baby boomers specifically – not ‘old people’ in general. The attitudes, injustices and hypocrisies highlighted here are perpetrated almost exclusively by the under 85s. I talk here about the post-war generation – those from 40-80. Those older than this – nonagenarians and centenarians in particular – were responsible for both defending the country from fascism and rebuilding once it was vanquished. I have infinite respect for those who got us through the war, and built us up afterwards. This attack is focused exclusively on those who benefited from, and ultimately destroyed, the society which the over 85s built. Indeed, tory baby-boomers have voted not only to destroy their children’s futures, but also to make the final years of their parent’s generation infinitely more miserable with the cuts to health and social care their votes implicitly support.
If we are to believe the mainstream press and the better-funded social commentators of the world, Millennials are shallow, entitled wasters, while baby-boomers are sober, sensible, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types.
Problem is, once you actually look at the facts, rather than the baseless opinions of the privileged, self-entitled, molly-coddled ‘journalists’, we see the opposite is true.
Baby boomers are more likely to drink and drive than Millenials 
Baby-boomers drink more alcohol than Millenials 
Baby-boomers smoke more than Millenials 
Baby boomers were, in their youth, (& often still are), more violent than Millenials 
Baby boomers are more likely to cheat on their partner, whilst Millenials are actually very faithful 
Baby-boomers take/took more drugs than Millenials 
Baby-boomers commit more crime than Millenials 
So we see how, even by the conservative baby-boomer’s own standards of good behaviour and decency, Millenials actually perform better! So that’s the charge of hedonistic, vacuous inebriation out of the window. . . so what about the accusation that Millenials are ‘more entitled’? What does ‘entitled’ mean? Surely it means you believe you should get something denied to somebody else, simply by virtue of ‘being you’. . . but again, we see how this accusation applies to baby-boomers far more than Millenials.
Baby-boomers retired somewhere between 60 and 65 (68 if they were unlucky) Millenials are on course to retire at 70 – if they’re lucky!
Baby-boomers were entitled to free university education, while Millenials are shouldered with £50-75,000 student debt
If a baby-boomer decided not to go to uni, their job would probably give them decent training and a promotion scheme, whereas the Millenials usually get neither
For a baby-boomer at age 25, the average house price was around twice the average wage, for a Millenial, it is ten times the average wage.
Boomers got secure working contracts, Millenials get zero hours and the gig economy
Boomers get/got sick pay, Millenials don’t
Boomers got holiday pay, Millenials don’t
Boomers got a student grant, Millenials don’t
Boomer’s houses have quadrupled in value, whereas Millenials are subjected to barely affordable rents (usually paid to already wealthy boomer landlords!)
So we see how, a generation which gets persistently called ‘entitled’, is actually in receipt of far, far less opportunity than the people leveling this accusation! We constantly hear the tory-boomer yammering on that “there’s no magic money tree”, even though there apparently was one for them! What did they do, chop it down for firewood?
So, once we observe the facts, we see that Millenials are far less vacuous and entitled than baby-boomers – but what about another accusation leveled at Millenials – that they are ‘soft’, ‘easily offended’, ‘quick to complain’ and ‘slow to action’. Again, we see how the opposite is true.
Despite all their privilege, the baby-boomers still ended up as ‘grumpy old (wo)men’, constantly moaning about everything, whether it be in local newspapers, complaints to the council, the comments section of facebook pages which invariably incorporate the Union Flag somewhere. The litany of things the boomers will gripe and whinge about has no end – lefties, migrants, the EU, “the council don’t mow the village green often enough”, “The council mowers are too loud”, kids today, Muslims, migrants, the council, speed bumps, refugees, litter, queues at borders, lack of border control, bin collections, poles, no bin collections, wind turbines, solar farms, power plants, expensive energy bills, the neighbor’s overgrown hedges, bleeding heart liberals, traffic, traffic calming measures, speeding cars, speed traps, and on and on and on.
You rarely see a Millenial looking grumpy on page 8 of the local gazette because he saw a dustbin turned over and, rather than just picking it up, decided to go to the effort of moaning to the local paper and council – it is always some bored, middle-class dullard with nothing better to do with their Sunday.
Whereas on the other side, we see that, despite all the disadvantage they face, Millenials ended up positive, chirpy, kind and tolerant – attributes for which they are continually derided by the mainstream press. Millenials don’t have either the time or the disposition to complain about every last thing – they just get on with it, overburdened though they are.
The funny thing is that the boomers often claim proudly to be ‘conservative’. . . yet by their own standards and measures, millennials actually fulfil the positive values of conservatism – sobriety, faithfulness, hard work etc. – far better than their parents not only did, but in many cases, still do!
So we end up in a world where permanently sozzled, borderline alcoholic baby-boomers who lounged their way through free university education, insult comparatively sober millennials who did three jobs just to survive their degrees, accusing them of being “spoiled, lazy vacuous wasters”!
Those who are working three jobs to get through uni are being insulted as lazy by those who did none!
Millenials work ten times harder for half as much – they meet conservative standards of ‘decent living’ far better than the actual self-proclaimed conservatives of the world – they work harder, behave better and receive far, far less in return. . . and then have to tolerate the insults and derision of the most spoiled generation in history, and their conservative media (mainstream and ‘alt’) deriding them as slovenly and entitled!
Its like the boomers are psychologically addicted to believing the opposite of truth – we have a demographic who have become wealthy beyond all reasonable means off the back of a property bubble (which took zero skill, enterprise, hard work or intelligence to exploit) – telling an utterly broke, destitute, disenfranchised generation which can barely afford their rent, that THEY are the ones who are privileged!
The boomers are the only generation in history to put their short-term materialism and greed over the needs of their children. We owe them NOTHING – not our place in the queue, nor our seat on the bus, and least of all our respect – they have systematically exploited, disenfranchised and stolen from us – all the while insulting us as spoiled and over-privileged!
So we see, once we look at facts, not opinions, we see that Millenials;
Get attacked as privileged, even though they receive less.
Get called lazy – even though they work harder
Get accused of being vacuous wasters – even though they live more sober & faithful lives than their parents!
Don’t believe the propaganda – there is a generation of spoiled, wasted, vacuous, shallow materialists, but it ain’t the Millenials.