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  •  X = ten (1+ / 0-)
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    GenX got its name because we're the tenth generation since the founding of the US. (see Howe & Strauss)

    The numbers on the GenX part of the Tea Party still seem bogus to me. I'd like to see more breakdown between Jones (1956-1966) and true X ('67-77) and bleeding edge Millies/Y ('78-85). Jones often get lumped into X, but they're distinct from X in that X is the first generation where the vast majority were the products of parenthood by choice, but Jones were primarily born to those who experienced the long Fifties as teens and young adults. (Booms experienced the 50s as children and young teens.) Booms were old enough to process the truly scary parts of the 60's as adults but Jones got that turmoil as children, when societal turmoil manifests primarily as inchoate fear. Jones are bearing the brunt of the generational squeeze and its resultant economic pain, whilst we X mostly get to skip it. Jones seems to me to be far  more likely to identify with the extreme tea'ers than the self-directed, pragmatic X. I've seen quite a few 35-45 (true X) with the technical Occupies, but very few 45-55; the reverse is true with the Tea groups.

    Not to mention that when a sample breaks down by age, it often fails to account for, or gives much greater weight, to smaller groups. Indeed, X is a small generation, so the 30%   In X means less in the overall picture. We just don't have as many white, blue collar men in my generation as in previous, and more working women.

    •  Interesting. (0+ / 0-)

      It's hard to tell with my generation (I was born in '84, so that makes me Gen Y I guess.)

      There are definitely strains of the Occupy movement; after all, we're the ones having to deal with our government's decision to let their private cronies get their hands on the student loan business.

      On the other hand, I've noticed a rather disturbing number of Teabaggers among my generation as well.  We're the first generation that grew up with cable, hence we don't have NEARLY as much of the common experiences that older generations did.

      27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:01:18 PM PDT

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