The Blaze seeks and extensively quotes Rush Limbaugh's guidance on Thomas Piketty's "Marx-inspired" work:
Some French socialist, Marxist, communist economist has published a book, and the left in this country is having orgasms over it…. It’s the most outrageous set of assumptions that I have ever read. In fact, it’s nothing new. It’s just repackaged, but I’m telling you the people on the left can barely contain themselves with their giddiness over this, and it portends grave danger for this country if any of this guy’s suggestions were to ever become adopted.
Such as progressive taxation, which gravely dangerous Republican pols such as Theodore Roosevelt once championed.
What Limbaugh calls a "set of assumptions" are known in intellectual circles as empirical facts. But he's right that Piketty's findings aren't all that "new." Skeptics of capitalism have always assumed, as Limbaugh might put it, that its unfettered variety would, in time, result in violently centripetal concentrations of extreme wealth, which ultimately would bring the system down. This very thing occurred most violently in the late 1920s and early '30s, though that socialist bastard distant cousin of Theodore's mitigated its effects, saved capitalism, and, through diligent government interventionism, paved the path to America's Great Middle-Class Expansion.
The right has never forgiven either of the Roosevelts for their gravely dangerous though perfectly harmless protections of the capitalist system. Progressive taxation is still a bugbear of intolerable brutishness to the world's Limbaughs; antitrust laws and government meddling in general are an offense to Herbert Spencer's Social Darwinian sensibilities; and inheritance taxes and government regulations and sanctioned organized labor and so on and so on are of course ungodly impieties of the first order.
Nonetheless, all were adopted, and we flourished. But, says Limbaugh & Co., were they ever to become adopted, well, that'd be all she wrote. They never tire of saying that. It sells and it sells big, because Rush Limbaugh's and the Blaze's audience doesn't know the first fucking thing about its own country's history.