So here is another one who seems enraged that I largely agree with him. If anybody were to make a list of prominent writers about the 1960s generation, Todd Gitlin would surely be on it. (That, no doubt, is why he was invited to participate in this discussion.) He has been both a keeper of the flame and a critic. So I'm not sure why he chooses to ridicule the notion of a Boomer generation now. Does it make sense to generalize about Boomers as a group? In a way, yes, and in a way, no. That's what Gitlin seems to say. That's what I say too. Taken as a group, in comparison with their parents' generation, should they feel they've not measured up? In a way, no, and in a way, yes. That's what Gitlin says. That's what I say too. What are we arguing about? Is it that I'm horning in on his territory?
Let me ask Gitlin what I asked Galbraith: If deficits are harmless, why do we have taxes at all? Why not borrow the entire cost of running the government? And if there is some limit, what makes him so confident that we aren't near it now, with deficits larger than anyone could have imagined a few years ago?
The debate continues here.