Why Generation X Needs to Fix The World

#Opinion

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Morning News, Nathan Hegedus looks at Gen x, a generation of people who have lived a life "devoid of certainties, otherwise known as 'reality,'" and who still managed to "fashion art works of their lives, wandering back and forth over boundaries, into the digital and the niche, even as the treadmill speeds up and the money never really comes." It's with this attitude, proposes Nathan, that Gen X should get up and "fix the Nation."

Today Gen X is anywhere between 31 and 53, and, despite being the most highly educated generation in American history, it’s gotten screwed at every economic turn, from the recession of the early 1990s to the dot-com crash to the collapse of employer-provided pensions to the bursting of the housing bubble to the lingering effects of the Great Recession. While these relentless setbacks are part of the long-term winnowing of the middle class of all generations, what stands out for Gen X is how the challenges came at crucial turning points, when Gen Xers were just entering the job market, just entering the housing market and just entering their prime earning years, stalling the career—and salary—momentum that supposedly carries you into a non-destitute retirement.

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