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March 11, 2009

Is Gen-X Moxie starting to bloom?

Reinvent this, you Boomer running dog lackeys, you Gen-Y teacups. Eve Tahminciogluan, an MSNBC contributor, notes that Gen-X (defined liberally as those born between 1961 and 1981) is "getting hit with a double whammy". First, the dot-com bubble bursts--and now this, The Recession. But the article trumpets the degree of Gen-X Moxie, self-reliance and true grit:

This generation never had any illusions that an employer would take care of them for life, says Neil Howe, economist, demographer and co-author of “Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069.”

“Generation X never expected any security,” he says, adding that the mentality of the company man or woman was dead by the time these individuals entered the workforce.

They are also a resilient lot, he adds... In contrast to the younger Generation Y group with their overprotective parents and baby boomers still pining the loss of the gold watch days, Gen Xers never “trusted that the world or anyone was going to take care of them," he says.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzbühel Desk) at March 11, 2009 11:59 PM


As a generation-x guy, I have to tell you that I am simply amazingly interested in seeing how this whole global financial collapse will turn out... Especially since I have never "trusted that the world or anyone was going to take care of" me.

(Until I spent a year in Berlin, where everyone has a safety net.)

Still, I am finding a perverse pleasure at watching the Boomers and the Gen-Y folks panic!

Posted by: Chris Abraham at March 25, 2009 12:30 AM

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