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This post is part of our forum on Michael Kinsley's October cover story exploring the legacy of the Baby Boomers and what they owe the country. Follow the debate here.

Eric Liu has always been a higher-minded person than me. He still wants to see the Boomer generation involved in active public service, whereas I am willing to settle for cash. Trouble is, I think my fellow Boomers share my low-mindedness more than his high-mindedness.

And I'm thrilled to learn that a billboard in Times Square promises eternal life and youth. Billboards never lie.

Many thanks to all participants for an interesting week and a half. And many thanks to The Atlantic for arranging and hosting this discussion, and for much else.

The debate continues here.

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Michael Kinsley is a longtime political journalist and commentator. He has an accomplished record in print, television, and online. He graduated from Harvard, went to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and came back to study at Harvard Law. While in his third year of law school, Kinsley began working at The New Republic. He was named editor and wrote that magazine's famous TRB column for most of the 1980s and 1990s. He also served as editor at Harper's, managing editor of Washington Monthly, and American editor of The Economist. Kinsley was a panelist on CNN's "Crossfire" from 1989 to 1995. In the mid-1990s, Kinsley started working for Microsoft and became the founding editor of the company's online journal, Slate. He worked as a senior writer and columnist at The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire in 2010. In 1999, the Columbia Journalism Review named him Editor of the Year, and in 2010 he was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. He is famous for defining a gaffe as the moment when a politician tells the truth.
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