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The manic hype of a cocaine fueled ‘80s began to sputter about 1995. The crisp, gleaming, blow-dry polish was replaced by a meaner, uglier veneer as coke gave way to crystal and other synthetic potions. Acid washed jeans and big hair faded from memory, replaced with a new junkie chic compiled from Goodwill fashion bins and forged with self mutilation and the rise of the ubiquitous tramp stamp. For fifteen minutes gingers were actually hot, goths were still a disturbing social subtext and Disney, Inc. abandoned all pretext in their prodigious manufacture of pre-fab tartlets.


Somewhere within that surreal plane was sired the next generation to whom a torch of some kind will eventually be passed. Those little spores have matured now and walk among us, upright on two legs and speaking something which at times resembles our own language. Yet somewhere, deep down at a genetic level, their very DNA has somehow been altered. The American people have graduated from being frogs blithely dozing upon the hotplate to a parade of kittens being marched into a blender. It’s all the same clay between their ears, it’s just been reprogrammed. The poor bastards have been handed a boarding pass to a ship that has already sailed from the harbor. They mask their disappointment with scorn for the smoke rising from the ship's engine. These sad dupes are being marshaled to man the ramparts against phantoms. They’ve fashioned their own nightmares from whole cloth: a fistful of solutions in search of a single problem.


They are tagged “the millennials”, but that has become a too convenient catch-all. It’s the new “me generation”, but with better skin, teeth and smooth shaved genitals. Smack is not just for skid row any more. Middle America has unwittingly embraced a new junkie ethic, on display in Walmart stores from Cranberry Township, PA to Decatur, IL. They kit up in restrooms of public libraries and then wander, dazed, into the streets; extemporizing upon the deep questions of the day. Things like gender identity and planetary doom, while listening to faux funk through their I-buds. Syrupy shit for people too young to get Coltrane or the Velvet Underground.


This is the rise, my friends, of the 21st Century Schizoid Man. We need to purge our blood of these poisons, all of them. Too much shitty music, too many shitty attitudes and definitely too much shitty dope. A high to die for. It’s tragic. Especially when you consider all of the other freaky head trips that this country has to offer. This is Alice’s Restaurant, man! You can get anything here. Unless drastic steps are taken (and very soon) to increase the supply of potent, organically cultivated hallucinogens, I fear that we are doomed. It may already be too late.


Mustafa Kemal Added Mar 12, 2018 - 5:54pm
Burghal, we have a right to be very concerned.
Have you noticed the number of young ones which you are not really sure which gender they are? Evidently it is not just social, the chemistry is changing.  My children raise their children to have no respect for them, or their grandparents. I wonder how my grandchildren are going to raise their children?  I learned alot of good things from my parents. Who will these young people learn good things from.?
A young friend tells me how hard it is to find a monoqamous relationship. Polyamourism is on the rise.
Here an enlightening dialogue between
Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia discuss the new neo neo marxism:
black good, brown good, muslim good, indian good, LGBT good, female good, white bad, male bad
But the most disturbing trend here is the inability of many of the young to be in environments which do not support their beliefs or ways.
Danger Will Robinson
Pardero Added Mar 12, 2018 - 6:05pm
The Burghal Hidage,
You had me with 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Phil Greenough Added Mar 12, 2018 - 7:26pm
Good stuff, but I can summarize this article in a word: snowflake
Spartacus Added Mar 12, 2018 - 8:09pm
Another brilliant article, Burghal.  But I will say, the last thing our society needs is more quality drugs.
To add something here (not that I will), but <nearly> everything we consume (food, art, music, etc) is milled through some huge company.  Filtered with bureaucracy.  Packaged with automation. 
Millenials are conditioned to believe even Soylent Green is nutritious & tasty.  And that is really what we get from corporate mills . . . recycled dead shit . . . over, and over, and over.  These young-uns just don't realize it is recycled because they have never tasted anything else.
ChristianRepublic Added Mar 12, 2018 - 8:12pm
Yes BH, a very sad state of affairs we find ourselves in. But try telling that to the young people of today. Will they believe ya?
ChristianRepublic Added Mar 12, 2018 - 8:14pm
The Burghal Hidage,
You had me with 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Confusion will be our epitaph.
Pardero Added Mar 12, 2018 - 8:51pm
William Stockton, 
Vivid imagery and keen insight. Kudos for mentioning a thought provoking film that featured the fine actor and great American, the late Charton Heston.
Pardero Added Mar 12, 2018 - 8:51pm
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 4:29am
Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools
Ship of Fools by World Party (circa '89)
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 4:44am
Soylent Green was but one of numerous dystopian masterpeices of the era.  ZPG200, THX1138. It seems they foreshadowed the LGBTQ,YOLO, #,, shorthand we have now. The sanitation department has a direct feed to the factory floor where it is all processed and repackaged for the store shelves.....Soylent Pink. They make a chewy little bar. It really is a marvel what they've done with it, a true watermark in food science and marketing.
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 4:51am
Widespread drug abuse is not what we need more of, I agree. Given our seeming proclivity for the consumption of mind altering substances I merely suggest that the marketplace for such should be flooded with alternatives of a less lethal nature. As far as that goes even too much water can kill you. It's a curious new phenomenon called drowning. That and Tide pods.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:03am
The Burghal Hidage,
Yes, you risk alienating your natural base with all that libertarian talk.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:06am
Luckily, I am a Libra and somewhat flexible in my ideology.
You are the wild man of our right wing cabal. Me and George are the compassionate conservatives. 
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:13am
I rarely see concerts, but I saw Lou Reed in Seattle 2002. He was doing some spoken word thing. I didn't mind, but the crowd got unpleasantly restless. He segued right into Sweet Jane. I like the version on Loaded, too.
I like some slightly saccharine(too tired to check my elitist Chambers dictionary for spelling) stuff. I secretly listened to Abba in high school and then acted like I was all into BOC at school.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:23am
You ain't lived until you hop into your first car, a $200 1962 Dodge Dart, crank up the radio set to 14 CFUN Vancouver, BC playing SOS by Abba. 
Doug Plumb Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:34am
I totally agree BH- everything you said was spot on. So who's fault is it? Education and media. Mushrooms are wonderful.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 5:34am
The Burghal Hidage,
There are some brilliant exceptions to the crowd of young people. Seems like my generation was a backlash against the hippies. The present trend will have some people rebelling against it. I hope the next crowd goes in a different direction. 
George N Romey Added Mar 13, 2018 - 7:56am
As a late Baby Boomer we rejected the entire peace movement of earlier Boomers. I actually see young people now reading actual books. Just like we figured out most of the peace movement was about taking drugs and having sex these Generation Zers are figuring out that most of social media is bs.
Even A Broken Clock Added Mar 13, 2018 - 12:48pm
Burghal, Pete Sinfield is a genius. And a very prescient one too, as 21st Century Schizoid Man can attest to. I still crank that one up to 11 at times.
There is one thing I can see that is good with millennials, having raised two of them with my wife. They have revived the whole board game genre. I have enjoyed several of the games that they favor lately. I know that's not much to hang onto as far as hope for a generation, but that's about all I can give you right now.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 13, 2018 - 12:50pm
These kids (18-25yrs) are doing great conservative radio on YouTube. (No point in watching it). Millennial Woes is brilliant - although he is in his mid 30's. Lots of teenagers are really smart too - for teenagers and they have youtube channels and don't mince words so much.
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00pm
Doug (and all) - if I might step out of the character of the narrative for a moment...
I too find some cause for hope with this lot. There are a growing number of them who paraded starry eyed before our television cameras in January of 2009, proclaiming the dawn of a new American age. After spending eight years in their parents' basements, fancy student loan financed degrees in hand, tens of thousands of dollars in debt and working part time at Starbucks....
The biological clock beckons and the harsh realities of life slap them about a bit and you begin to see a slow conversion. A lot of these kids are savvy enough to figure out when they've been chumped. Right now they are in the wilderness, trying to figure out which way to go. The scar tissue of piercings gone awry and tatoo removal notwithstanding, they may emerge in ten years not much worse for the wear
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:04pm
Pard - Didn't know I had a natural base. Hmm... I think I know what you are saying though. I have enough commonality with many conservative positions to be identified as such, yet I do not adhere to the ideological purity that is required for full membership. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:10pm
some other remarks you have made concerning libertarians causes me to consider that I should post an essay I composed some while back in a different forum. I have seen similar statements from others that lead me to the conclusion that there is much misunderstood about libertarian thought. I will qualify this and hasten to add that I am not a registered member of the american Libertarian Party, nor am I a spokesperson for their platform. My ideal of Libertarianism is more aligned with the Jeffersonian ideal. Thats a whole different discussion.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:42pm
The Burghal Hidage,
You are far more educated in these things than I am. It was a somewhat facetious remark that I made. 
Although I tend to be attracted to candidates that are said to have libertarian leanings, it may very well be that they are simply closer to "the Jeffersonian ideal," that I am intuitively drawn to. It would have to intuitive because I am not learned enough to analyze such a thing.
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:49pm
Not so much a question I think of being learned.  There are just a lot of misconceptions which have taken root surrounding libertarians. Some of it deliberate, much of it just because libertarians don't hold a large megaphone
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 2:33pm
Some King Crimson fans here! Good, good! Yes there is nothing like coming in at 3AM, still revved up for action, and lighting up Larks Tongue's in Aspic at maximum volume. Or Court of the Crimson King. Or the In the Wake of Poseidon.... so many hair follicles and brain cells ago.
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 13, 2018 - 2:38pm
Opher had a speculative history recently about the Beatles...posing the question what if? I suggested that some later aspects of the British rock invasion would have occurred anyway, citing Led Zeppelin 1 specifically. There are names that are better known in the tapestry of rock music, but no one individual has ever had more direct influence on guitarists than Robert Fripp, and let's be honest: Robert Fripp is King Crimson.
Not to diminish the many other talents that have come and gone from this ensemble, but now nearly 50 years later I am still in awe at the mans genius
opher goodwin Added Mar 13, 2018 - 8:09pm
Hi Burger - I'm back!! I escaped from the dungeon!
I saw King Crimson's first performance!! I'm a true 20th Century Schizoid man!!
Soylent Green was one of the great movies!!
The Burghal Hidage Added Mar 14, 2018 - 5:36am
Little lady let you off the leash a bit,eh? :)
Hope all is well. We are all schizoid men, Opher. Our feet and our experience straddle two centuries. I live in the 21st by an accident of time, but I am the product of the 20th
opher goodwin Added Mar 14, 2018 - 6:24am
She went with me Burger. We rocked!
Long live the Schizoid men!
Pardero Added Mar 16, 2018 - 12:40am
This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. We have detected that this article has been relegated to near obscurity in the 30 somethings. Let's see if a comment can raise the profile a hair.
Pardero Added Mar 16, 2018 - 12:43am
No dice. You need a like but I already spent mine. Publish a new one, I get burnt out on all the politics.

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