Tag: P.J. O’Rourke

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: Your Wealth Does Not Create My Poverty

 

…most important was the insight, key insight that Adam Smith had – brilliant insight – that wealth is not zero-sum, that you can make more of practically everything that’s important.

He understood this even while he was still living in a largely agricultural economy. He realized that because somebody is rich, that’s not what makes other people poor. Wealth is not a pizza where, if I have too many slices, you have to eat the Dominos box. My wealth does not create your poverty. Your wealth does not create my poverty. They’re separate questions. And we can generate more wealth.

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“The titleless, nameless but – as reporters always say – ‘highly placed’ NHTSA functionary explained to me that all his car-safety experts were trained as automotive engineers. They came to work for DOT because they could get better jobs and more responsibility taking mechanical and electronic structures to pieces at NHTSA than they could by […]

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Authority has always attracted the lowest elements. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum…. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. – P.J. O’Rourke, 1991 For many of us, we’re taught at an early age to look up to authority. Our parents, teachers, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Americans Love SUVs

 

“The whole world is angry at America for driving SUVs. Why do we Americans love these monstrous and threatening devices? Barging through traffic in a sport utility vehicle is hardly sporting. The utility of the things is open to question. And they are vehicles mainly in the sense that the Alaska pipeline is a vehicle for oil — most of this pipeline’s capacity being needed to keep on Cadillac Escalade topped up.” — P.J. O’Rourke, Driving Like Crazy, 2009

So begins P.J. O’Rourke’s defense of SUVs, from a piece first published in the London Times, and later reprinted in Driving Like Crazy. The essay is a short one, but full of O’Rourke’s typical wit.

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[Coulter]’s from Connecticut, & she’s very upset about immigrants. I’m willing to lend a sympathetic ear to people from Connecticut when it comes to immigrants — if they happen to own a tribal casino! My feeling is, unless you’re Native American, you should just shut up about this. ‘Cause you ain’t from here. That’s the […]

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In They Hate Your Guts (just-arrived issue of The Weekly Standard) P.J. O’Rourke nails the difference between us’n and them. Maybe there’s more to say, but not much, and there is something wrong with you if you don’t laugh at his descriptions of our current candidates, especially, but not limited to, Jindal. Trigger Warning: It may hurt […]

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