P.J. O'Rourke

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P.J. O'Rourke (b. Nov. 14, 1947, Toledo, Ohio - d. Feb. 15, 2022) was a conservative libertarian American humorist, though misguided to be anti-Trump.[1] He worked as a staff reporter for Rolling Stone magazine and editing the National Lampoon, O'Rourke has published many of his own books including Republican Party Reptile, All the Trouble in the World, Peace Kills and Eat the Rich. He was a frequent guest on the NPR radio program Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!

In his humorous book Give War a Chance (1992), O'Rourke wrote: “At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child—miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” [2]

Early political views

As a student in the 1960s O'Rourke was a Maoist hippie agitator. He was involved in a number of leftist activities including protests against the Vietnam War and frequent abuse of illegal drugs. However he claims to have realized his error on starting his first job and receiving his first paycheck, complete with tax deductions:

"Here I'd been fighting to bring Communism to America, and all the time it was already here. And it sucked."


O'Rourke has written a number of books dealing with conservative themes, including:

Republican Party Reptile

Eat the Rich

Parliament of Whores

Give War a Chance

The CEO of the Sofa

Holidays in Hell (although this is somewhat critical of Israel)

Age and Guile beat Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut

He has also written a number of pure humour books, including The Bachelor's Home Companion.