Magazine March 8, 2021, Issue

Boomers: The Vandal Generation

Steve Jobs (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)
Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster, by Helen Andrews (Sentinel, 256 pp., $27)

The Baby Boomers, by their sheer numbers, have distorted American life since their birth. America replaced a cult of the soldier at war with a cult centered on his children. As the Boomers got older, the cult of youth was replaced by nothing less than an eternal cult of the 1960s. Much later, the financial bailouts in 2008 and 2009 were a way of saving and reinflating Boomer retirements. Arguably, the preferred policy of the COVID era — the lockdown — is another Boomer distortion. No matter the damage to their children and grandchildren, these Boomers need to be kept

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This article appears as “Agents of Destruction” in the March 8, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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