You would be referring, I assume, to the modern bands that call themselves 'Punk'? Good Charlotte, Starting Line, Yellowcard, Blink-182, New Found Glory? These bands are not Punk, by any stretch. To be Punk is to be (in my interpretation; I claim to be no authority nor Goddess) very politically- based and assertive. These bands are neither; 1) the only politics that exist are very pop versions of country-music sorrows, ie losing a girl, losing a dog, losing another girl, deciding that melodrama and Emo-style despair sells long enough to write an album detailing - nothing. Words lacking intelligence and density descend from words into the thoughtful equivalent of sticking one's tongue out very near a pole in cold weather. 2) Their assertiveness toward letting people know about what is going on in the world around them is seriously lacking. Seriously, fellas. Lacking. It doesn't even exist! When was the last time you heard one of the bands above (or a similar one) say something like,
"The road is narrow, the horizon wide
And to say what’s waiting on the other side
Is so rewarding and the ultimate prize
But what good is something if you can’t have it until you die?" ---Bad Religion
If you were referring to the earlier Punk rockers, like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Social Distortion, etc., I am at a loss. Honestly, there are plenty of people who think the Beatles had no talent, Elvis Presley had no talent, Beethoven and da Vinci and Raphael had no talent. Whether or not they did is for the individual to decide.
In your comments, "[...]countercultural conceit[...]". Here are the main definitions of 'conceit':
Main Entry: 1con·ceit
Etymology: Middle English, from conceiven
1 a (1) : a result of mental activity : THOUGHT (2) : individual opinion b : favorable opinion; especially : excessive appreciation of one's own worth or virtue
2 : a fancy article
3 a : a fanciful idea b : an elaborate or strained metaphor c : use or presence of such conceits in poetry d : an organizing theme or concept
Conceit, at least the definition known by the vast majority, is not a Punk attribute. To say that one is conceited conjures up images of the too-good person, whose time, contributions, and company are just too good for everyone else. Punks are about experimentation of the individual to find ways to bring about change in the world. Punks are self-involved, yes, but this doesn't make them snooty. It means that they are repairing and improving the home soil before spending all of their resources on other countries, so to speak. There is no point in running around like a headless chicken expending valuable energy on others when one doesn't even know oneself, unless the point is to get nowhere.
To be honest with you, I have been a Punk my whole life. I have dressed differently, acted differently, seen things and done things opposite to others despite the poop that I have had to put up with. I made up my own cusswords, wore mismatched socks on purpose until it caught on, did my hair in odd ways and ate pickled plum paste with my fingers (Japanese umeboshi plums; if you haven't had them you should, but they're very salty).
You say, "Punk is a capitalized word for a reason, along with Hippy and Goth and all that stuff. It is a nomenclature, express usage: to define a group of people. Even if the group's intentions are individualistic in nature (such as all countercultures expressed in this essay), providing a label for it makes it a product." This is true, it IS a product - a product of individuals who share the same discontent. Note that 'sharing' is an act of giving and receiving, because I know some people would say that sharing is conformity. Sharing is a step toward perfecting oneself by exploring differences, whereas conformity is a step toward someone else's perfection. In conformity, the person doing the migrating is giving themselves up to the masses; in sharing, the person is maintaining themselves and their position, but lending their minds to experience.
I don't hang out or associate myself with the so-called Punks, beyond acceptance of their existence. These are people who have (theory) sold out to the media's definition of Punk and signed up because their own apathy is secretly satisfied by this seeming lack of authority, which quickly translates into lack of care for others, ie disrespect, ie atrophy, completely opposite to Punk mentality.
My friends are nothing like me on the outside. They're Nerds, Goths, Homeschoolers, Jocks, Cheerleaders, Preps, Geeks, Skaters, Mods, and those Foreign Kids. But they're all kindred to and respected by me because they are capable of seeing what others miss and being what most others will never be: aware. They care about the world around them and cry when the world cries, not because everyone else is crying but because they can feel that pain when a bomb falls or prejudice occurs or someone is murdered or unjustly condemned.
I call myself Punk (and proudly) because I had possessed nearly all of the ideals before I even knew that the Punk movement HAD ideals. I have researched it and given it much thought, modifying my own interpretation based on what I read and then reflect on within myself. What you said about how some people say "Punk is dead" made me think about a Dave Matthews song, Gravedigger (that's right, I listen to whatever I want, not just Punk/Punk Rock; insight is not contained within just one genre of music), where some kids have a grandfather that lives to be 103, and how "103 is forever when you're just a kid, so [he] lived forever." As long as there are people in the world with even some Punk ideals, Punk will never be dead, similarly to Hippie beliefs and Mod beliefs, etc. There are still people who think Nazis were admirable, even though technically there can no longer be any Nazis. People still talk about Dodo birds.
One final insight:
Wolves may run in packs for support, but they always hunt alone.