Buskirk: ‘Boomers Literally are the Most Establishmentarian Generation of the Past Century’


American Greatness publisher Chris Buskirk said the “Boomer Generation” is the most “establishmentarian generation” of the past century.

“Boomers literally are the most establishmentarian generation of the past century,” Buskirk told host Leyla Gulen on the Grand Canyon Times Podcast. “They flatter themselves, like, ‘oh, we went to Woodstock, and we’re countercultural — but they are just the biggest conformists on the planet.”

“It’s the ultimate irony because they’re also such self-flatterers,” said Buskirk.

Buskirk also is author of the 2023 book, “America and the Art of the Possible: Restoring National Vitality in an Age of Decay.”

The “Boomer”, or “Baby Boomer,” generation is defined by people born between 1946 and 1964.

Buskirk agreed with Gulen’s statement that the “Boomer Generation” is also the most selfish, pointing to the 2021 book by Helen Andrews, “Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster.” 

“The boomers were dealt an uncommonly good hand, which makes it truly incredible that they should have screwed it up so badly,” wrote Andrews in her book. “They inherited prosperity, social cohesion, and functioning institutions. They passed on debt, inequality, moribund churches, and a broken democracy.”

In his own book, Buskirk writes that Boomers “owned a much larger percentage of the national wealth than the two succeeding generations at every point.”

“At a median age of forty-five, for example, the Boomers owned approximately 40 percent of the national wealth,” he wrote. “At the same median age, Generation X (1965-1980) owned about 15 percent.”

The Millenials, he wrote, only own about half of what Generation X owned at the same median age.

In addition to being an author and publisher, Buskirk also has founded, built, and successfully sold multiple finance businesses including in insurance, reinsurance, specialty lending, and tax-credit financing. For more than 15 years he has been a successful investor in growth stages companies across the financial services space as well as in real estate, digital marketing, consumer brands, and media.

This full podcast episode also is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


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