Metro Times makes its own reality, or requiem for a useless generationBy Woodward's Friend
God bless the gray hairs at the Metro Times. If it wasn’t for the sex trade ads paying their freight, we’d have another half-dozen baby boomers suckling at the Social Security teet. The once alternative rag says the emerging demographics shifts will one day prove the Social Fourm relevant. Aging white person Curt Guyette even quoted aging white person Shea Howell to prove that aging white person Nolan Finley is, well, an aging white person.
As America becomes less white, Guyette claims, leaders like Maureen Taylor will emerge as potent change agents. Except, as Guyette willfully fails to note, Detroit’s majority black electorate overwhelmingly rejected Taylor’s City Council bid in 2005. Why does actual democracy have this awful habit of thwarting utopian people’s democratic movements?
Things have changed since then, right? Sure. In 2009, Detroit voters radically transformed City Council. For the first time in history, the body entirely is African-American. It is also led by Vital Center pragmatists more interested in paying for streetlights than abstract ideological constructs. While Guyette, Howell, Taylor, and company fiddled at the Social Forum, City Council’s young turks are fighting the good fight against Dave Bing and Norm White’s fictional budget. It’s not an easy battle, but an important one. Detroit’s future generations shouldn’t be saddled with debts caused a feckless generation’s mismanagement.
Demographic shifts are changing the body politic, but not in ways Guyette dreams about while tossing off to the Port Huron Statement. Despite the noisy malcontents, left and right, Americans are discovering, or will soon quickly discover, there is no shining path. Society is, and always will be, a messy construct. No, you can’t have your country back. Nor can you have a revolution.
The lesson of the Social Forum, as with its semi-literate right-wing cousin The Tea Party, is this: any political movement fueled by baby boomer discontent is mercifully doomed to fail. Theirs is a generation of irrelevant, emotional narcissists unable to let go of the failed misadventures of their youth. Sorry Glenn Close, but it was all fashion. (Metro Times)
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