Deliberately offensive, determinedly provocative and extremely funny, PJ O'Rourke is the conservative journalist and satirist that makes even lefties laugh.
In Australia recently as a guest of the Centre for Independent Studies, he used this talk at the National Press club to deliver a scattergun critique of conservatism.
During the Q&A session he answers questions about gun control, the GFC and his personal drug use.
With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in the Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, O'Rourke has established himself as a premier political satirist. He is the best-selling author of 16 books, including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Holidays in Hell, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have labeled O'Rourke "the funniest writer in America."
Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke humorously criticizes the recent fiscal irresponsibility of conservative legislators. He says the poorest and least advantaged always suffer the most from any of the "three ways to pay for the electorates' fiscal irresponsibility."
Conservatism is about preserving the status quo, whatever that is. It's about making things go the way they used to go, no matter whether that's still possible or not. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it! If it is broken, pretend that it isn't and still don't fix it!"
The simple fact of the matter was that Americans could afford to be big spenders when they were still net oil exporters. When that changed the progressives said they had to change their lifestyle. But the conservatives went for Reagan, who said they didn't. As a result the US turned from the greatest creditor nation in 1980 to the biggest debtor nation in 1990.
Conservatism is simply about doing things the way you used to, or think you used to in a romanticized past. And if that was spending a lot then you spend a lot, no matter what your finances looked like then and what they look like today.
Conservatism is about not changing habits from the past. So fiscal irresponsibility *can* be conservative. It can't be sustainable, but it sure can be conservative.
What a guy! He does well with a microphone and his writing is even more impactful. I recommend reading his work. You'll burst out laughing.
His perspective is wickedly funny, and refreshingly practical for people value freedom and are concerned about the lack of clarity in public policy.
The header that O'Rourke "heckles conservative fiscal irresponsibility" begs a few questions. By definition "fiscal irresponsibility" can't be conservative. He can heckle "Republicans who sold out on conservative fiscal principles" but there is no such thing as "conservative fiscal irresponsibility." It's like saying "miserly generosity."