YIMBYs hate us – “us” being, roughly, the baby-boomer generation – because we have betrayed their dreams. Instead of flying cars, we have drones armed with missiles. Instead of a world united in endless progress, we have melting ice-caps. Instead of a community of all humanity, we have homeless people shitting in the street and rising rents.
The Liberal generation has failed, generally speaking. The economy is fragile and poised to collapse. The world in riven by war. Black people are being gunned down in the street. The millions who marched in the streets against the Vietnam War and for Civil Rights have retired, with savings and medical care, leaving the young people to fend for themselves.