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Lay off the boomers—our current mess is all down to Generation X

In political terms, my generation really did have a naughty nineties—and it made us complacent

By Zoe Williams   March 2018

When I was a lass, politics was just showbiz. Photo: REX SHUTTERSTOCK, PIERRE VILLARD/SIPA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

You’ve heard of the secular cycle, I’m sure—or is it, like Universal Basic Income and the gut microbiome, one of those phrases that arrive in the vernacular so fast that you’re regurgitating it before you’ve truly digested it? In (very) brief, the theory is that societies go through 50-year cycles of violence. “Violence” here is not necessarily a bad thing, though obviously some of it is: it takes in strikes, civil rights movements, suffrage movements, even peace movements—most, in…

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