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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


Laissez Faire Books
After graduating from Ohio State University and earning his M.A. at Johns Hopkins University, O'Rourke launched his literary career at National Lampoon where he rose to editor-in-chief. He produced National Lampoon High School Yearbook Parody and National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody. O'Rourke went on to write for American Spectator, Car & Driver, Esquire and Rolling Stone ..., among other publications. His general humor books include Bachelor's Home Companion (1987), Republican Party Reptile (1987), Holidays in Hell (1988), Modern Manners (1989), and The American Spectator's Enemies List (1996).


Cato Institute, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow


P.J. O'Rourke
Author website maintained by Grove Atlantic; includes profile, links to his books, his "Own Bio" and a video archive
P. J. O'Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: P.J. O'Rourke - Libertarian
Includes picture, short profile and quotes
P.J. O'Rourke has been called 'one of the funniest writers in America' by Time magazine, and 'the funniest writer alive' by the Wall Street Journal. A former editor of National Lampoon, his articles have appeared in Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Parade, The New Republic and many others. He regularly writes for Rolling Stone. He is a Mencken Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. He is the author of several best-selling books including: Parliament of Whores; Holidays in Hell; Republican Party Reptile; and All the Trouble in the World.


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
Roy Childs once argued that nobody but H.L. Mencken qualifies as truly Menckenian, but that perhaps P.J. O'Rourke comes closest to inheriting the mantle (too many of the other aspirants being mere imitators). Like Dave Barry, O'Rourke has been labeled a 'humorist,' but that title trivializes his true calling. What he really is, is a cop. The purveyors of balderdash are the bad guys he does battle with. Common sense and literary ingenuity are his weapons. ... Appropriately enough, he is a Mencken Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. (Let's hope there's only one Mencken Fellow at Cato.)


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

The CEO of the Sofa, 2001
Contents: 12 chapters, each covering and titled with the month and year of the period September 2000 through August 2001
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
Contents: Why Americans Hate Foreign Policy - Kosovo - Israel - 9/11 Diary - Egypt - Nobel Sentiments - Washington, D.C., Demonstrations - Thoughts on the Eve of War - Kuwait and Iraq - Postscript: Iwo Jima and the End of Modern Warfare
Related Topic: Imperialism

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