Tag: P.J. O’Rourke

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Shortly after the recent death of the brilliant humourist P.J. O’Rourke, John Podhoretz gave an enthusiastic encomium to his life and work. Podhoretz gave special praise to the Sunday Newspaper parody from O’Rourke’s days at the National Lampoon. As Podhoretz pointed out, this is a remarkable object that could not have been produced by the […]

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Christopher Buckley wrote something of a tribute to P.J. O’Rourke. In it Buckley claims they were friends. Uh-huh. Maybe O’Rourke passed away owing Buckley money. All I know is that if I were to write a tribute I wouldn’t choose to dwell on the past-his-prime mediocrity and out of step irrelevancy instead of the greatest […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome stunningly good news out of San Francisco, where three woke school board members were overwhelmingly recalled. They also cringe as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has no details of any plans President Biden has to bring down energy prices other than to argue that we should be thanking the president for opening the Strategic Petroleum Reserve last year. And they spend time remembering the matchless wit, prose, insight of author and commentator P.J. O’Rourke, who died on Tuesday.

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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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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