Where is the Leadership? A Gen Xer Answers a Millennial

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Editor’s note:  The following is a response by MOTW author Kurgan to a Millennial friend who pointed out that Generation X – which is notably quick to criticize the decadence of Boomers and the fecklessness of Millennials – has failed to provide his generation with adequate leadership in the battle for Western civilization.  This communication was part of an online group discussion in a private forum.  The controversy arose when Xers in the forum dismissed the “Life Begins at 50” t-shirt pictured above as nothing more than a crass Boomer attempt to brand and co-opt Gen X identity.  The Millennial argued that branding is necessary to fight a culture war successfully, and that Xer resistance to the strategy is self-defeating and symptomatic of a wider generational apathy.  All names referenced in the essay have been changed. You may also want to revisit an earlier post here at MOTW that addresses some of these same issues.

John, you make some “valid” points. That is, they sound correct from the perspective of the linear theory of history. Unfortunately the linear theory of history is absolute bullshit. It is the exact same thing as when a woman backward rationalizes her feelings. Shit happens for reasons X, Y and Z that have absolutely fuck all to do with A, B and C, but then along comes Dicky Boy after the dust has settled and says, oh, it was obviously A, B and C!

No. It really wasn’t. It’s not your fault, you weren’t there and there is a lot of bullshit to filter through.

So here’s the real history. Pay attention because this will help you, a lot, if you plan to be a change for the better.

Boomers infected EVERYTHING. Let me try to succinctly explain what that means.

Firstly, they spent literally all their time thinking and saying and acting as if they were the best thing ever, ever. Better than God, never mind sliced bread. They are STILL doing it. They will do that until they die.

Secondly, what Bill and George said about being the first unwanted generation is true. Boomers spent the rest of their energy on constantly telling Xers they were just not good enough. Not smart enough, not hard working enough, etc., etc., while at the same time actively shutting down all the routes to power and the easy life they had. And burning bridges behind themselves. While doing that, they also continually spouted in your ear how it was even easier for you now that they had done it. And all you had to do was buy into this new brand they had created (which was a dumb-ass rat trap designed to make sure you couldn’t get access to the things they had).

This is not exaggeration or hyperbole. It’s literally what happened. Imagine growing up with that.

Now imagine it being like that for all of your adult life, because the Boomers are only dying off now and most Xers are now in their 40s and 50s. And now understand what the landscape before us is like and where we are starting from.

The vast majority of us have nothing like the resources, padded ass and security blankets that the Boomers had. As Bill and George already expressed, we did not have the numbers. We are starting to have the numbers only now, BUT, firstly the Boomers are still holding on to everything they can with a death grip and burning it all before they go. Not unlike the last gasp of the Nazi military regime. And secondly, there is this horde of fucking zombies that are damned everywhere and they are basically malformed clones of the Boomers. Except less effective. They mindlessly roam the earth using up resources, infecting each other with zombie stupidity like transgenderism and basically screaming and biting and wailing while they shout, “Buy BRAWNDO! It’s what’s… we… uh… plants… WE CRAVE!”

Fuck these people. Shooting them in the face while you try to clear a patch of earth to be left alone in is only natural.

But let me continue, because Gen Xers divide into roughly two categories:  The survivors and the warlords.

The survivors are bitter, crushed, and just want to have a chance to maybe raise a small family and be left alone. They are normal humans who came through hell and whenever they fought they basically lost. As much as they tried, the Boomers beat them down. I don’t like these kind, but I understand them and understand the vast majority of humans are just sort of like that. Maybe 80%.

The warlords are not warlords in the shōgun style of houses of power. They never had the numbers or the power to become that. We are the first real 4G warfare captains. We literally invented 4G warfare. We subverted, sabotaged, exposed, ridiculed the Boomers. Often at great personal cost. Because we had to reject everything they were trying to push on us first, and that left us out in the cold a lot. I left home at 16 and by 19 I was on my own. And keep in mind that we still lived in a world geared to stomp us.

When you say we did not lead, you have no idea what you’re talking about. None. If you can see anything at all past the wasteland created by the Boomers, if you realise BRAWNDO is bullshit at all, it’s because some Gen Xers cracked the Boomer facade, and continue to do so. The Boomers were both the victims and the perpetrators of the most massive psyops ever done on the planet. Any cracks in that construct you can see are because some Gen Xer with balls of steel hammered at the facade until it dented. Until it cracked. Gen Xers are, metaphorically speaking, the guys who help Truman wake up.

That’s the history. Now listen up, because we’re not done. There are STILL not enough of us to take over and change shit. And there are too few of you Millennials that aren’t brain-dead fucking zombies. But we gave you and the Zyklons a chance.

Now… you’re one of the ones that pays attention and good for you on that score. The above was history. You need history if your strategy is going to have a chance at success. Now let me explain to you the landscape you’re facing. Because you’re not seeing the big picture properly.  Think of this as the grizzled old warrior telling the young new warrior what to look out for in the coming battles.

  1. Christianity is key. I told Ted this at one of the very first [Online Meeting] when I was still not a Christian. You recently converted to Orthodoxy, in part due to observing my flame wars with the [Other Members of the online community]. Good. That shows you’re paying attention to what matters, and to be clear here, what matters is four things and they work in paradox, not linearly or binary. One: Do NOT be a Churchian. Two: Be a zealot. Crusader. Inquisitor. Whatever label (brand… heh) works for you that makes you understand being a Christian means you smite the fuck out of the enemy and retreat never. Despair never. And if (as you will from time to time) do despair, keep shooting. Cry, bitch, moan, shit yourself, whatever, but keep reloading and firing. If you can wail, you can pull a fucking trigger. There is no surrender. The enemy wants your soul. Fight. Three: being a Christian, especially of the crusading sort required (all real Christians are of that sort) means above all to be indeed as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents. Understand that phrase better than any other because it is the key to retaining, protecting and increasing your humanity while simultaneously not giving an inch to perversion, sin and the enemy. Four: there are only two types of Christians. Crusaders and Martyrs. It’s a war. There are no sidelines. If you’re lucky you might get a little rest now and then. Savor it. But above all be sure of which type you are. Martyrs are higher and closer to God, but I think they are also rarer. Most Churchians are fake martyrs. There is no mistaking what I am, but there are many ways to be a warrior. You don’t need to fight every train with your face, like I do. The point is know who you are and fight accordingly. And remember, if you’re a warrior what matters is winning. Not so much how. Not even if you survive or not (though you really should because it’s the wise thing to do). Winning. Beware the filthy Churchian who tells you beheading enemies by the dozen is unchristian. Better yet, bury him in a latrine late at night for he is a traitor and works for the enemy.
  2. You have, in general terms, understood most of the above already but details are good. Now some personal strategy. Si vid pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war. As the samurai said, plan for death (your worst situation) so if it starts to go that way you’re ready and don’t hesitate. It’s like situational awareness. But don’t let it make you bitter. It’s preparation, not where you live internally. Internally live in beauty, love, joy and kindness. Just be ready to drop, draw and fire without hesitation. The point here is be ready. Secondly: again, know yourself. You saw this far in part because you’re broken. Know that. Don’t deny it to yourself and don’t be a little bitch about it either. It’s about knowing your weaknesses and gently and gradually overcoming them, not about being a victim or having an excuse. You can only go so far as a cripple. So straighten out your wounds. Protect them because the enemy knows them and attacks there, but, and you CAN THANK THE GEN XERS for this, you don’t need to armor against nukes like certain of us did. Put armor over it, but massage and gently let the wounds breathe and heal over time. We mostly didn’t have that luxury, and some, like me, right or wrong, just took the densest armor plating we could find and welded it on, because fuck it. You don’t need to do that. It would be a mistake. You have a few more options. Your wounds will heal with love, both that which you give as well as that which you receive. It will always feel like you give more than you get. Welcome to Christianity. Do it and at times you will see how loved you are and be humbled and amazed. This is always true of God. But it can also be true of other human beings.
  3. On women: expect not a fellow soldier, but someone you have to take along with you in a war zone that’s a non-combatant on the soldierly stuff. At home, between you, she needs to understand you’re the Captain and she’s the Sergeant. That’s just basically it. But she’s not a man. Don’t treat her like one. Taking care of her emotions and madness and fears is how you heal your own wounds. Do it right and she will also come to help you heal the ones you can’t reach yourself. If she doesn’t, walk away, because the other possibility is that she will disembowel you in your sleep and eat your entrails for fun. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. It’s how it is. Make your peace with it. The sooner you do without fear, resentment or anger, the sooner you’ll have your pick of women to chose from. And remember, it’s a lost world. It is up to you to pull her out of the swamp onto the little ground you have. You mentioned all women being on the pill. Mostly true, but that’s the brainwashing you have to break through. Remember… mostly, any gaps of light you see were created by broken Gen Xers. Most humans are completely lost. Many of them unsalvageable. The Bible tells us this too. The road to hell is wide and well populated. Don’t waste time on the infected zombies. The ones who are not zombies yet will naturally respond to an uninfected crusader in a most enthusiastic way. The fact you currently have to bang them awake and then see if they are suitable to marry instead of pick an awake one to marry and then bang is upside down and sad, but it is the wasteland the Boomers created while in thrall of the enemy. So turn it around on the enemy. Bang them all awake until you find the right one.
  4. On work and protecting your own. Work. Save. You’re doing this right. Keep at it and also try to always prepare for the worst. Buy gold and guns and, if you can, land. I have, a bit like the Roy Batty android in Blade Runner, seen and done some incredible things, but I don’t have much to show for it materially. I don’t regret a thing because it was all a lie and a wasteland and it would all have just been a trap and a way to crush my rebellious soul. (Rebellious towards the enemy, but never, even when I was atheist, against truth, beauty and good). And I’m not dead yet. So I’ll start now. Late and with worn out tools, as the poem If says, I’m still making kids while I’m running at the half-century mark. Understand something: we did not lead because there was no one to lead. And we do not lead now because we are not good models for leaders. We are guerrilla fighters and, at best, we are able to have a small team around us and operate to take out single objectives the enemy has as infrastructure. At this point, Gen Xers are likely going to be skipped over and the zombie Millennials will be taking over at least as much as any Gen Xer might, and probably more because we mostly don’t care. Most of us can’t care. We would not have survived if we did. I don’t care is our silent battle cry as we fight in the dark. “You can’t win.”  I don’t care. “That’s not how to do it.”  I don’t care. “Listen to reason.” I don’t care. “Your way is wrong.”  I don’t care. And after we won some battle…. Fuck you. I don’t care and fuck you. Because I am going to do it anyway. And it doesn’t matter if I die. You are NOT going to turn me. And I will win. Because in spirit I remain free and uncowed by your bullshit. I don’t care and fuck you. Can you see that what we did, and had to do, was more difficult than maybe any other generation before us, certainly in living memory? We had dreams crushed before our eyes daily. And we fought. There was no one to lead us, and we could not lead each other either for the most part. Because we were all broken before we started. And yet we fought. And mostly won enough battles to break the mass illusion. Now here we stand on the wasteland of the Boomers and surrounded by Millennial zombies and you want us to lead you to the promised land? And yet… you’re not completely wrong. And a few of us will try. But we are not the leaders you need. Sadly, we may be the only (and few and far between) leaders you may have. Vox, for all his faults is one. He has achieved a level of leadership among Gen Xers that is unprecedented. Whatever his faults, he has brought together viciously individualistic warlords from disparate tribes to fight towards a single general purpose. He may as well be Genghis Khan. And if it doesn’t look like it, it’s because he, and we, are still Gen Xers. We move in darkness and slit throats. We’re not good at frontal charges with bright banners and fanfare. Decades at war taught us that’s a good way to get crushed fast. And although, (pay attention, this is important) things have changed, we are not wrong on this yet. Or ever, in a sense. The branding, the fanfare, the bright pennants of war, are necessary at times. They are needed indeed. But they are always a two edged weapon. And unlike a sword, more like poison gas, it always bites you back. Branding/status/groups/“leadership” is inextricably tied to pride. The sin of pride. Not just pride in the good sense. The sin of pride. Know this. Now… as a warrior, using the enemy’s tools against him is perfectly acceptable, but understand what you’re doing. Branding will be useful to get the zombies to move in the general direction you want. But they are still zombies. And mostly will remain so. Some will turn on you. When you least expect it. Sometimes the whole wave will at once. For reasons you will be unable to predict. Because they are fucking zombies.
  5. I think you now may have a better grasp of the situation. George created [redacted] at no small personal sacrifice. I funded it to a level I haven’t ever put in anyone before. We are all juggling families that are precious to us more than any mere planet of humans because they are so rare and fragile in the wasteland we come from, or still reeling from the loneliness and scars that the brokenness of our lives has been, or so pissed off or scared we just want to be left alone for at least a few years before we die. And still we fight behind the scenes and watch on in this gay Millennial earth, and those few of us who have not run out of fire are thinking: what now? I’ll tell you what. Fuck the zombies and the maybe woke maybe not Zyklons. We make more kids and we try to leave them, if not castles, at least defensible hills and ridges where they can build castles if they keep fighting well. Remember the other thing I said was key, way back when: City states. Max has basically been involved creating a city state whether he knows it consciously or not. The rest of the ilk like Bill and George have created and cleared those hills and are busy fortifying them and teaching their kids how to prevent zombie infiltrations and waves. People like me might become (wrongly) revered icons of the fighting man or lost in the dust. And we don’t really care either way. What I want is to leave defensible, immutable (as much as possible) positions for my kids. And Christianity and the willingness to submit to the Church (in those rare times and places where it still exists) as a tool of God, so not the human vicissitudes of the “Church” but the truth of the sword of God, is pivotal for this.

So, young warrior, I’m not gonna tell you to print this and read it and understand it as a kind of Westerner’s version of Go Rin No Sho. Because I’m not a leader, and I don’t care to be, even though I become one by default. And because I don’t care about fame or status or any of that horse shit. But I hope you were paying attention, because that’s likely to be the only true story of how best to face the hordes that you’re going to get.

Raised in a home filled with books on Western civilization, P.G. Mantel became a lover of history at an early age. An amateur writer of verse, he makes himself useful as an editor for Men of the West.


  1. Damn. Looks like a man pouring out his soul. Good on you sir, the lessons in this rant will take a long time to unpack. be not surprised the call for leaders…the Millenials do CRAVE something to latch onto. We are lost and do not know it…but feel it deep on quiet nights (which we try to stifle with oh so many distractions). It shows in a myriad of ways.
    Stand on the hill and smell the coming rain…going to be a heck of a storm. Carry on X’ers, carry on.

    • He’s articulated EXACTLY what happened to me. I personally experienced being shut out of carreer opprtunities and stating to work 10 years later and marrying much later than I had wanted to.
      Yup my generation is perhaps the most screwed generation since those born in Eastern Europe during the interwar years
      His rant resonates with me and it’s the GEN X rant manifesto.
      This should be read by future generations on how the GEN xers were sacrificed by selfish, callous Boomers. They wanted to deny future generations the wealth, privilege and advantages they had instead of passing them on.

      • COMMENT Late GenXer here. I am shocked that my fellow GenXers here have such faith in our generation; I must admit I’ve never had any. But then again, how GenX of me is that?;)
        As for Xavier Basora’s comment: bang on dude. I too was a victim of the need to have 900 years of experience in order to have any sort of job whatsoever. And then, of course, told by said boomers that I, we, were lazy and didn’t know how to work. And that we had no experience; the same ‘experience’ these douchebags were denying me, us. And college, remember that? Our tickets were all supposed to be punched after the 5 year party.
        As one that was ‘up n’ at ’em’ and ‘full of piss and vinegar’ and all that, I was ready to work, be productive, explode onto the scene and make society and America great. I figured since I was born into a disappointing generation, I could shake it off with my own will, determination and hard work: NONE of which I was ever given a real chance to exercise. It was devastating really, truly devastating. I’ve gotten over it long ago, but I haven’t been the same since. I did other work, interesting to say the least, I survive and am reasonably comfortable. I dropped out of all their rat racing, status-monkeying and all that. Still, I know I could’ve done a hell of a lot more if these vile scumbags didn’t hold me back. I was very civic minded as well, I didn’t care to do well so that I could be hedonistic and waste my life playing; I wanted to be al I could be for all of us, for America. The same worthless country that hated me all along. What a miserable joke.
        So thanks boomers et al. Thanks for my generation being full of lost people that I could never relate to. For rendering my women unmarriageable, for causing my bright and shiny grade school classmates to be “getting clean” in their late 30s and early 40s, just in time to reconnect with their illegitimate kids. Thanks for lying profusely about our supposed bright future, that you were all planning on denying us, and that you didn’t care to tell us was not going to come true anyway. At least we got t enjoy Macho Man in his prime.

        • You have some great points. The final verdict on Gen X is still open. We could be a colossal failure, or we might just pull off the greatest comeback since Rocky knocked out Ivan Drago. We tend to be optimistic in these parts, but we have to actually perform the necessary deeds.

          • Thanks. I had so much come to the surface when I read this post. I think of our generation often these days. I always had a love/hate relationship with it really. I always remember the declaration that we would be “the first generation to do worse than our parents.” So many of us got lost, and those than didn’t were stuck in a sea of the lost. They didn’t want to help us, so they pushed all the self-help mumbo jumbo to get us to fake ourselves out, that the world was really fine and it was us that were askew. Clever of them indeed. But still, just past 40 and in excellent shape and red-pilled/black-pilled, I guess I should be optimistic anyway.

          • Many things are outside of our control (no matter what generation it is). But the deck is definitely stacked against us as to whether we will be better off than previous generations. Still, we are in the prime of our lives now, and are in a position to bring about positive change. The key is to avoid becoming chronically cynical, and look for positive ways to influence our corner of the world.

          • @Theophrastus
            Great points indeed good sir. It is difficult, but remaining positive is important. When I think of all that is stacked against us I feel overwhelmed. It is nothing compared to what is stacked against the children to come; that is why we must resist it. We already have been devastated, but we need to prevent that happening to the little ones now. The boomers did not do that, they simply turned their heads and resumed eating/drinking/laughing.
            Merry Christmas to you, and the rest of the Men of the West.

        • It’s a common experience among Gen Xers that the old American virtues, both personal and professional, aren’t valued or rewarded as they once were. It’s fair to say they are punished. Even those of us raised by conscientious parents were usually sent into adulthood with a map that no longer matched the terrain. We here at MOTW can see no other way forward except to build communities and help each other. Our generation still possesses the relative vigor of middle age. We are, as a rule, instinctively averse to emotional manipulation and double talk. If anyone can build new institutions and police them to keep out enemy infiltrators (SJWs), we can. Institutions isn’t really the best word for what’s needed on a local level. Maybe tribes is better. Tribes, at their best, are about kinship and trust. Find people you can trust, however few there may be, and work from there. If you are religious, join and support a local church. On a wider scale, find organizations that are promoting the revival of Western civilization and do what you can to assist them. It may be as simple as buying books from a publisher like Castalia House. On the Internet, keep an eye out for new platforms (e.g., social media alternatives to Facebook and Twitter, streaming service alternatives to YouTube) and start using those. There is no shortage of practical work to be done. Every man needs to figure out what he can do, and pitch in.

        • Mr X., a lot of older Millennials–myself included–share somewhat in your experience. Our perspective is different because the same cancerous lies you resisted, completely metastasized in my generation.
          Questions we might have of your generation aside, they are honest ones, and we appreciate honest responses. Know that you’re not alone in the fight. Don’t give up.

          • Thanks, it’s a tough thing to deal with. When you figure things out, there is a temptation to just fade away. The older GenXers, I think, were hit a bit harder by drugs, especially the harder drugs. For the GenXers coming of age in the 90s, it was mostly wasting away as potheads or going to raves and “rolling face,” or the “wigger” trend. If you rejected all three of those you were on your own. When I reflect on those days and on GenX, the Ozzy song “Road to Nowhere” automatically pops into my head.
            Thanks for the words of encouragement though. Whenever I am around kids, late teens- early twenties, I tell them everything. I make sure they know the score. I am very young looking and sort of youth-presenting enough to get away with it.

        • Screw ’em. We’ve been leaning how to build our own systems, institutions, and tribes.
          We’re going to fail at times. So what? Dust yourself off and get back in the saddle, cowboy.
          On one hand we have at our fingertips the wealth of thousands of years of history, and on the other the fruits of what happens when you ignore that.
          We will learn, adapt, and overcome.

  2. Dear Mantel and Kurgan:
    Was Kurgan’s piece a comment in a post here? I’d like to see the context in which Kurgan wrote that, if there is one. I have looked and haven’t found it. Link, please?

    • It was in a private forum, not here. We just took that response in the private discussion, cleaned it up a little and then posted here.

  3. I will resist the urge to effortpoast here… my experiences parallel that of the rant. Mine has been a life delayed, yes by personal actions, but definitely by the environment created before me. I am in my early 40s and striking my own path with harrowing risks (financially, materially and emotionally- hello self-employment!).
    The most infuriating game problem I see around me is the decline in opportunities created for genx to now— waaay behind replacement level for trades and professions. Good luck convincing many to go into trades (dirty, and illegals will do it cheaper) or critical professions (medical— over-regualted, expensive, and you have to be a speacialist!). The boomers benefited from the peak of western civ and American dominance and pick up, just to poison the well of tomorrow with degeneracy and evil.
    I struggle with where I am, and that of my brethren. Yet, I face the blast furnace baring my way to soldier through. Thanks to the gents her at MOTW and others.
    Merry Christmas to all.

      • Kurgan, thank for the link and encouragement. It was entertaining to read Rome has Fallen… written like a true man of the world and convert—loved it.
        I am very familiar with the crisis in the Chuch right now… and with this current “Peter the Roman” at the top. I admit to not having delved as deeply as you into the source materials, I am a student of history with enough knowledge and sense to see, hear and feel what is about us in the world.
        I have more to share, but that is reserved for offline. In the meantime, I work to guide my family and make them aware while feeding their spiritual lives. Our secular destiny is tied to this, but also tied to dogged work and determination.
        As for the Boomers again…. yeah, gtfo.

    • @Reb
      Wow! You’re words practically ARE me. Holy crap, I guess I could relate to my fellow GenXers after all! Merry Christmas Reb.

  4. Be me. My husband and I are both GenX.
    My mom told me to wait to have kids so that I could “experience life” (then divorced my dad and wrecked the remainder of my childhood so she could do the same).
    My husband’s mother told him not to have kids because it’s so “awful” to raise them.
    Fast-forward 10 years into our marriage. We’re just getting interested in having a family. I come down with a debilitating chronic disease and can’t bear (or care for) kids.
    Three years later it’s just him and me now, and barring a divine miracle that’s how it will always be.
    I hate feminism.

    • Wow, that was infuriating to read. I don’t think these idiot feminist/boomers really understand the consequences for the ideas they spew flippantly. This has to be considered abuse of some kind. Lady, thank you for staying with your husband. Merry Christmas.

    • Thanks, fellas, and don’t worry too much.
      The nice thing about having wrecked my life by buying into the trash culture that I grew up in, is that I hate this culture now. It helps that I have my dad and remaining grandparents to look up to. (There are some decent Boomers out there holding the line, as well as the remainder of the Silent Generation.)
      Which means that I’m devoted to my marriage and to God, and it’s made my life bearable despite my illness. I get bitter sometimes, but in general I like to think that God can turn my mistakes into something good, just like He did with Saint Paul.
      Speaking of God, I’d like to see an article about how and why Kurgan became a Sedeprivationist Catholic, if he has time to share. (My husband is agnostic, so I can’t get guidance from him.) I’ve been considering it for awhile but the scandals revolted me and the nearest town is quite liberal, so I expect the priests will be, too. I’m currently Baptist but I suspect the divisions in Christianity are why it’s been so thoroughly converged.
      If you’ve already written one, a link would be appreciated. I am going through your site but there are lots of articles.
      Merry Christmas, and may you have strength, wisdom and courage in the New Year.

  5. As a millennial, I appreciated this article a lot. And I can vouch for the comment about Gen X’ers providing a crack of light, as Vox (and the commenters on the blog) had a big part in bringing me back to Christianity.
    Thanks for sharing.

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