Gerontocracy: The Brutal, Unending Rule of the Boomers
By Ben Bartee - March 20, 2023

Look at Russia: an aging leader with no investment in the future (because he’ll be dead soon), armed with nukes and unchecked ambition. A dangerous figure indeed.

As they feel their life-force circle the drain, all of their unrealized dreams seem more urgent than ever — no matter the costs. This could mean, in the context of Russia, waging war to reconstitute the Soviet Union — possibly eploying nukes.

In other instances, the dangers of a geriatric tyrant going through a late-life crisis might not be quite as high as nuclear holocaust, but undesirable nonetheless.

While people of any age can act recklessly in the pursuit of personal power, the old ones are especially dangerous because, with each step closer to the grave, they have less and less left to lose.

At least the young ones are compelled to temper their worst impulses if for no other reason than self-preservation — to ensure they don’t end up in a prison cell for 40 years or torn apart by an angry mob before they turn 50.

The geriatric goblins that have been steering the American ship into an iceberg for five decades, give or take, are apparently never going away of their own volition. If/when they expire, their reanimated corpses will be propped up on stage in future primaries; and they’ll win.

Let’s briefly survey the current set of “leadership” in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches and their respective agencies:

  • Mitch McConnell, sitting Senate Minority Leader, age 80
  • Nancy Pelosi, recently “retired” Speaker of the House but still serving in office, age 82
  • Joe Biden, sitting president, age 80
  • Donald Trump, former president and candidate for presidency in 2024, age 76
  • Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, age 72
  • Kevin McCarthy, sitting Speaker of the House, age 58

Imagine the state of things when a 58-year-old is the spring chicken of the group!

At the next level of governance, the overlords of the multinational technocracy are even more dinosaur-like:

  • Bill Gates, age 67
  • Klaus Schwab, age 84
  • George Soros, age 92!

Soros is old enough to have had the “happiest year of my life” rounding up fellow Jews in Hungary during WWII with his adopted Nazi daddy!

Numerous jobs have mandatory retirement ages and/or require ongoing fitness tests to qualify for, including:

  • Airline pilots
  • Truck drivers
  • Nurses

Why, then, shouldn’t Congress creatures and presidents – who make laws that affect the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people and hold the keys to worldwide nuclear destruction in their hands – be subject to similar age restrictions?

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that the geriatric boomer overlords have the best of intentions (a poor assumption). Even so, they are an anachronism. They do not understand how the modern world works – which begs the question: how could they ever run it effectively?

Exhibit A: boomer Congress member muddling their way through a hearing with the Google CEO.


They run on auto-pilot – unbound by any sincerely-held ideology. They simply do whatever they are told to do by their technocratic handlers – as evidenced, for instance, by Joe Biden’s cue cards instructing him when to sit.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 89, who has clearly suffered from dementia for years at this point, was finally recently talked into retiring by one of her handlers after it became too inconveniently obvious that she doesn’t know what planet she’s on.

Then, in a rare public appearance, an intrepid reporter asked her about her retirement, and Feinstein apparently forgot that her staff had ever announced her retirement!

Amazing. And tragic.

If these people were decent human beings, one might feel sorry for them. But they are, in fact, power-hungry demons with no regard for their constituents.

They cling to their positions of influence no matter how poorly they do their jobs or how damaging it is to the perceived integrity of the “institutions” they otherwise pretend to treasure.

Ben Bartee is an independent Bangkok-based American journalist with opposable thumbs. Follow his stuff via Armageddon Prose and/or Substack, Locals, Gab, and Twitter.

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