There is something seductive about the neat organization of history and social trends into homogenous generational groups. Meredith Lilly disagrees. She argues that generations become less and less homogenous as they leave education, and that all cohorts have followed roughly the same pattern.
Canada’s two large political parties have always been pragmatists when it comes to assembling a viable coalition of voters. They have even completely swapped positions on the same policy at different times in the country’s history. Scott Hennig argues that the parties are about to face another shift in the coalitions, and whichever party is alert to changing age demographics will have the keys to the kingdom.
The generation wars are most commonly framed as a political issue. Garrett M. Petersen argues that this is to be expected, political time horizons are far too short to consider future generations, but markets get it just right.
Canada’s Housing Market has been called the world’s most overpriced. Dan Osborne argues that the boom in house prices amounts to a massive intergenerational wealth transfer that is killing fertility in the millennial generation.
Generational politics is an easy crutch for political analysis, but the external and internal change that Canada has faced since the early 1970’s dwarfs any perceived generational differences. Andrew Pickford poses an intriguing thought experiment wherein he compares the political landscape in the time of Pierre Trudeau and what might be the time of Justin Trudeau.
Many have portrayed the boomer generation as the selfish one, more interested in entitlements than putting back. Paul Pryce, a self-declared millennial decides to take one for the team, pointing out that the Boomers are leading the way starting up companies, and speculates on how his generation should respond.
Generational interloper Angela MacLeod Irons takes a look at P.J. O’Rourke’s new book on the baby boomers, finding that O’Rourke is as entertaining as ever, but betrays a certain amount of narcissism on behalf of his generation.