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Gen N: The Narcissist Generation

By Mark Alexander
web posted April 29, 2024

Have you figured out what "social generation" you belong to?

I am not referring to genealogy, familial generations, or learning about your ancestors. Those are the generations that matter most. A firm knowledge of our predecessors and the historical context in which they lived provides valuable context for the present era. If fate has blessed you with being a descendant of those who were here for the dawn of American Liberty, or if you are a first-generation American who embodies their spirit, then we count you among our ranks.

On the other hand, the notion of social-generation groups applies to people who lived concurrently and thus shared common cultural experiences. Briefly, here is how those groups are divided:

In the West, the concept of generational groups gained currency in the 19th century, beginning with what repatriated novelist Gertrude Stein called "The Lost Generation," those born after 1880 who experienced World War I and the Roaring Twenties. "The Greatest Generation" followed, and it included those born between 1900 and 1927, all of whom lived through the Great Depression and many of whom served in World War II. That name was coined by Army Gen. James Van Fleet in 1953 but was popularized by Tom Brokaw's 1998 bestselling book, The Greatest Generation.

Then rose the "Silent Generation," born between 1928 and 1945 — about 23 million Americans who came of age in the post–World War II era. They were followed by the "Baby Boomers," a massive group born from 1946 to 1964 during the post-war baby boom. Older Boomers came of age during the Vietnam War era, while younger Boomers reached adulthood post-Watergate during Jimmy Carter's "malaise."

"Generation X" are those born between 1965 and 1980, followed by "Millennials" (a.k.a. "Generation Y"), those born from 1981 to 1996. For reference, by 2020, there were about 71.6 million Boomers and 72.1 million Millennials. Finally, we have "Generation Z," those born from 1997 to 2012, and most recently, "Generation Alpha."

But wait, not so fast. A Gen Z subgroup has become so dominant that it may redefine the rest of its cohort.

For the record, as for my cohort, I am a card-carrying member of the American Liberty generation, which includes American Patriots born between the years 1750 and eternity.

Thus, my generation is wholly antithetical to the most offensive Gen Z iteration now infesting America — which I have appropriately coined "Gen N," the Narcissist Generation.

In 2007, I penned an article, "Narcissistic Pathology on the Left," about the emergence of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) among leftist political icons — most notably, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and more recently, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

I defined NPD as follows: "Narcissism is characterized by a pathological need for praise, often rooted in broken family models, where there was a lack of appropriate affirmation leading to a sense of inadequacy and self-loathing. It manifests as an inflated sense of self-importance, an insatiable need for admiration, a strong sense of entitlement, a preoccupation with elitist utopian fantasies, and manipulative tendencies devoid of empathic capacity."

Every generation has had its share of narcissists, but none as prevalent as Generation Z, which is jam-packed with them.

There have been some red flags about rising numbers of Millennials manifesting NPD, the first being a 2010 book The Narcissism Epidemic. That was followed by a 2013 Time magazine generational profile, "The Me Me Me Generation," and a much-too-kind 2019 New York Times article, "Attention Young People: This Narcissism Study Is All About You."

However, a quick gander at Gen Z's narcissist-promotion platforms Facebook/Instagram and TikTok reveals that the Millennials were amateurs when it comes to self-aggrandizement.

There is now a rapidly growing malignancy of young narcissists, cadres of sociopaths who form a growing segment of what Harvard professor Arthur Brooks calls the "Dark Triad." (I wrote about Brooks in a recent column, "The National 'Happiness Deficit'.")

The most contemptible and dangerous of the Gen Z narcissists emerged in force during the "summer of rage" ignited by Biden and his Demos just before the 2020 election. The most disruptive among them were the mostly white "Black Lives Matter" apologists and those forming the so-called "antifa movement" of self-styled "anti-fascist" fascists.

Since then, other Gen Z narcissist collectives have emerged in force to disrupt the lives of Americans across the nation, mounting protests to defund police and to combat so-called "climate change."

In recent weeks, their disruptions have taken the form of anti-Semitic protests to support Hams terrorists, including such actions as shutting down the Golden Gate Bridge, but the most significant disruptions have been in places with the largest concentrations of Gen Zers.

That, of course, would be on college and university campuses, including at Obama's alma mater, Columbia University, a.k.a. "The People's University for Palestine," where there have been more than 100 arrests. (Any chance we can get Israeli Defense Forces commandos to help with clearing the Columbia University encampments?)

Because of threats to Jewish students, Columbia President Minouche Shafik canceled in-person classes for the rest of the semester. Meanwhile, Barnard College President Laura Rosenbury has lifted suspensions of her students who participated in the protests.

Recall that in recent months, UPenn's Liz Magill and Harvard's Claudine Gay lost their jobs after appeasing the Jew haters on their campuses. (Gay's was more about plagiarism, but she's otherwise guilty as charged.) Time to add a few more names to that list.

Predictably, Biden botched his response to the protesting Gen Z narcissists, issuing an equivocal and conditional rebuke of sorts.

But appearing with him was his sidekick, anti-Semitic Millennial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a charter member of the "Squad" — the Demos' Jew-hating Hamas Caucus. AOC declared, "It is especially important that we remember the power of young people shaping this country ... as we once again witness the leadership of those peaceful, student-led protests on campuses like Columbia, Yale, Berkeley, and many others."

As Nate Jackson noted, "You know, places where 'peaceful' students were arrested."

I suppose all those Ivy League protesters chanting "Death to America" would like America to pay their student loans first.

To be clear, the Gen Z narcissists on these campuses are not so much devoted to the "Palestinian Cause." Gaza is just the latest "shiny thing" that these developmentally arrested adolescents have latched onto in order to draw attention to themselves. However, in their pursuit of attention, they certainly have demonstrated their propensity to be "Useful Idiots," Western apologists for Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology.

All being said, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Gen Z also includes some young people who have the courage to stand for what is good and right, even when it means standing alone. But in no generational cohort have such right-minded individuals been so badly outnumbered by cadres of narcissists.

This summer, ahead of the 2024 election, as Trump Derangement Syndrome heats up, expect members of the Narcissist Generation to find other ways to draw attention to themselves besides strident anti-Semitism. ESR

Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.


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