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At the moment, it’s millennials who are accused of this kind of entitlement, despite their shrinking access to nice things — secure jobs, employer-provided health care, affordable housing — that baby boomers took for granted. But similar complaints echo backward. Twenty-five years ago, it was Generation X that was criticised for the same things, in the same terms, sometimes in the same publications. “Grow Up, Crybabies, You’re America’s Luckiest Generation,” sighed a 1993 Washington Post headline. “They’re impatient waiting for job promotions and want all the perks associated with ‘paying one’s dues’?” — a bank employee said that in a 1997 article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. To read a 2013 article in Time magazine calling millennials “lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow” feels like having dozed off years ago and woken up just in time to see history repeated.

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History always repeats…