RUSH: Well, I’m holding in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, a really long piece in the July 21st issue of New York Magazine. Here is the headline: “The Blip.” This thing prints out in microscopic font size to 10 pages, and I am not going to read you all of it. I don’t even have to. I’m just gonna get you the nub of it. Now, this is New York Magazine. This is widely read in the influential centers of the capital and New York.
It’s read in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This is gonna be read in every newsroom. Every editor, every producer will see this. Everybody who thinks they’re hip and cool in New York will read this — and, I dare say, a vast majority of ’em will sign onto it and agree with it. “What if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history? And what if that coincidence has run its course?”
In other words, there is no real substance to the American founding. It’s just happened because of a quirk of fate. Certain elements in the world aligned at the right time, and it just happened. Here’s the thesis of this piece: Everything positive about American success has been coincidence, and it’s now over. We really have seen the best. This is it. The article celebrates Robert Gordon. Robert Gordon is the chief thinker in this piece.