Monday, June 27, 2016


(From here. Slightly edited.)

The post-Brexit complaint from some British young'uns:

"A really important decision was made for us by the older generation" ... "Essentially people much, much older than us—and who won't be around for the consequences—are giving us a future we don't want."

The response from an older American:

Essentially, people much older than you gave you what you now take for granted. They won World War 2, fueled the great boom, walked through the valley of the shadow of nuclear death—and had you.

You didn't make the present, nor—as you now complain—are you making the future. No children, no national defense, no love of God or country.

But that's just it. You've brainwashed yourselves into thinking someone else: the old, the older, the government, the dead would always do things for you.

If you learn anything from Brexit, learn that nobody got anywhere expecting someone to do things for him.

Finally, from the comments appended to the above-linked Instapundit post:

The only age cohort that didn't vote to leave was the 18-24. 58% of the 25-35 group voted to exit. This "much older people ruined my life" idea is just another face-saving and othering myth told by Progressives.

The Atlantic sort-of confirms, or at least supports, the above claim:

Other factors mattered less. The median age of a community, despite the much-emphasized youths-versus-retirees clash that many said would define the referendum, ended up correlating only slightly with how the vote actually went.

But that's one way the sore-loser narrative has been weaving itself: clueless, frightened old people, voting on emotion instead of logic, have ruined the UK's future. How quickly we weave together our mythologies.


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