Best-selling political humorist P.J. O'Rourke writes the mirthful political theory companion to his classic mirthful political science book, Parliament of Whores.
Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards
978-0-8021-4543-7 • $14.95 • Paperback • Sep. 2011
on’t VoteIt Just Encourages the Bastards is a brilliant, disturbing, hilarious, and ultimately sobering look at why politics and politicians are a necessary evilbut only just barely necessary. P.J. presents his Sex, Death, and Boredom Theory of Politics, which breaks the social contract down to power, freedom, and responsibility by using the party game “Kill, F@#%, Marry,” more typically found at late-night giggle sessions at all-girls boarding schools. With this tripartite lens of politics, O’Rourke looks at the financial crisis (“The best investment I’ve made lately? I left a $20 bill in the pocket of my tweed jacket last spring, and I just found it”), the bailout, health-care reform (“Something doesn’t add up. Politicians are telling me that I can smoke, drink, gain two hundred pounds, then win an Ironman Triathlon at age ninety-five”), the stimulus package, climate change (“There’s not a goddamn thing you can do about it. . . . There are 1.3 billion people in China, and they all want a Buick”), campaign finance reform, gun control, No Child Left Behind (“What if they deserve to be left behind?”), and pretty much everything else under the sun. His findings: Put the country’s big, fat political ass on a diet. Lose that drooping deficit. Slim those spreading entitlement programs. Firm up that flabby pair of butt cheeks that are the Senate and the House. Read P. J. O’Rourke on the pathetic nature of politics and laugh through your tears orwhat the helljust laugh.