Political satirist, author
P. J. O'Rourke

Patrick Jake O'Rourke (born 14 November 14 1947), known as P.J. O'Rourke, is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Since 2011, he has been a columnist at The Daily Beast.

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14 Nov 1947, Patrick Jake O'Rourke, in Toledo, Ohio


Cato Institute, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow

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P.J. O'Rourke - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Clint Eastwood announces: I'm a "libertarian", Libertarian Party News, 18 Feb 1997
Libertarian Party press release based on Eastwood's response to a Playboy interview question: "How would you characterize yourself politically?"
"Eastwood joins a growing number of individuals in the entertainment industry who have identified themselves as libertarians. Included on that list are TV star John Laroquette, humorist Dave Barry, author P.J. O'Rourke, movie actor Russell Means, magician Jillette Penn, author Camille Paglia, TV reporter John Stossell, and comedian Dennis Miller."
P.J. O'Rourke - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000


The Liberty Manifesto, May 1993
Remarks at a gala dinner celebrating the opening of the Cato Institute's new headquarters
"The Cato Institute has an unusual political cause — which is no political cause whatsoever. We are here tonight to dedicate ourselves to that cause, to dedicate ourselves, in other words, to ... nothing. We have no ideology, no agenda, no catechism, no dialectic, no plan for humanity. We have no 'vision thing,' as our ex-president would say ... And the merest glance at the federal budget is enough to convict the government of perjury, extortion, and fraud. There, ladies and gentlemen, you have the Cato Institute's program in a nutshell: government should be against the law. Term limits aren't enough. We need jail."

Books Authored

Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics, 1998
Partial contents: Love, Death and Money - Good Capitalism - Bad Capitalism - Good Socialism - Bad Socialism - From Beatnik to Business Major - How to Make Nothing from Everything - How to Make Everything from Nothing - How to Have the Worst of Both Worlds
Related Topic: Economics
Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer, 1992
Contents: The Birth, and Some of the Afterbirth, of Freedom - Second Thoughts - A Call for a New McCarthyism - Give War a Chance: Dispatches from the Gulf War
Related Topic: War
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government, 1991
Partial contents: The Mystery of Government - The Dictatorship of Boredom - The Three Branches of Government: Money, Television and Bullshit - Our Government: What the Fuck Do They Do All Day, and Why Does It Cost So Goddamned Much Money
Related Topic: Government
Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism, 2004
Related Topic: Imperialism
The CEO of the Sofa, 2001

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