The X-Philes

The X-Philes

Rational Exuberance:
The Influence of Generation X
On the New American Economy
by Meredith Bagby
E.P. Dutton, 1998 274 pp $24.95

I have before me a book on the political economy of Generation X that resembles nothing so much as a hundred mediocre freshman compositions strung together end to end. To shoot, briefly, some fish in their barrels: “We have been determined by the negatives and positives of an America era that saw moms transformed into full-time workers, become masters of their own reproductive systems, and engineer elections through platforms they supported . . . . We explore. We invent. We question. We go our own way. The plusses of this behavior are legion as we lead our nation and our world into truly global, color-blind, nonideological, and borderless, thought, action, and production . . . . we are lining up now in Washington, in state capitals and local courthouses, on Wall Street, Main Street, and Madison Avenue to see that reforms grow out of methodical transcendency and applied practicality . . . .” Then comes the second page.

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