Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards

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Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards

Format:  Hardcover,

288 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780802119605

ISBN-10: 0802119603

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America's most subversive conservative, O'Rourke describes government as a devil's bargain between power, freedom, and responsibility, and goes on to hilariously skewer the politicians who have bargained with us to consolidate power, and the many mini-bargains and evasions that citizens have made with the consequences of their choice.


Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780802119605
ISBN-10: 0802119603
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Apologia Pro !%@& Sua
The Sex, Death, and Boredom Theory of Politics
Kill Fuck Marry
Politics Makes Us Free-And We're Worth It
A Digression on Happiness
The Happy Realization That All Freedoms Are Economic Freedoms (And Failure Is an Option)
The Murderous Perverted Nuptial Bliss Method of Establishing Political Principles
The Purgatory of Freedom and the Hell of Politics
Morality in Politics-And What's It Doing in There?
More Taxes
Being Penny-Wise
What is to be Done?
The U.S.S. Thresher Bailout and the Washing-Machine-for-Her-Birthday Stimulus Plan
And While We're at It...
Generation Vex
Health Care Reform
Climate Change
The End of the American Automobile Industry
The Trade Imbalance
Gun Control
Campaign Finance Reform
Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, Part Two-It Keeps Getting More Foreign
Putting our Big, Fat Political Ass on a Diet
Why I'm Right
Where the Right Went Wrong
A Digression on Shouting at Each Other
The Next Big Stink
The Fix Is In
All Hands on Deck


Review by Library Journal (2010-09-16)

In his youth, O'Rourke (Parliament of Whores) was Meathead; now he's Archie Bunker: "I am a true conservative. I hate all change". But it isn't just change he doesn't care for. O'Rourke is one of those cranky nihilists whose theme might as well be Groucho Marx's song in Horse Feathers, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It". O'Rourke can turn a phrase-e. g., calling the Declaration of Independence "America's I.P.O".-but the overall tone here is exhausting and the laughs few.

It's like having to listen to the grumpy old men at the V.F.W. griping about the kids and big government. O'Rourke: "The great political principles of conservatism are simple, summarized by Clint Eastwood in Gran Turino: `Get off my lawn'. " Verdict O'Rourke's wormwood and gall is best drunk in small doses-exactly in the way columnist Maureen Dowd is invigorating-but at book length, it's deadly. O'Rourke doesn't think he sounds like such talking heads as Rush or O'Reilly, etc.-but he's wrong, although he isn't smug like they are. Like their books, however, there's likely to be big demand for this, in spite of reviews like this one.

-Michael O. Eshleman, Allen Law Firm, Mason, OH

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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