RUSH: Now, you might think this stuff just springs out of nowhere, like this new phenomenon that a job is passe, that working is punitive and limiting choices — and not working, being fired but still being paid for your health care, that’s liberating. You might think that, wow, this came out of nowhere. It didn’t. This is the kind of thing liberals contemplate, write about, dream of all the time. Let me take you back to June of 2005.
The New York Times did a review of a book nine years ago called, “How to be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto.” That was the title of the book. Now, the book described as being “about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing.” It says that it’s “not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. In How to Be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson,” that’s the author of the book, “presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: being happy doing nothing.
“He covers a whole spectrum of issues affecting the model idler: sleep, work, pleasure, relationships, and in the book, Hodgkinson claims that “Jobs are a relatively recent invention, a creation of the Industrial Revolution…” So, in effect, jobs are unnatural. Jobs, if they were a product of the Industrial Revolution, well, we hate that, right? Because the Industrial Revolution gave birth to what?