Reading more PJ O'Rouke

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You'll recall that PJ O'Rourke died in the New Year.  I've not read much O'Rourke which I feel I ought to rectify given that he was witty, outspoken, insightful and irreverent.

Take this from Peace Kills:

“America is not a wily, sneaky nation.  We don’t think that way.  We don’t think much at all, thank God.  Start thinking and pretty soon you get ideas, and then you get idealism, and the next thing you know you’ve got ideology, with millions dead in concentration camps and gulags.  A fundamental American question is “What’s the big idea?”

As someone who occasionally remembers that I'm supposed to be liberal-minded, that is ...

"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.  And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."

... it's good to be faced with comments such as:

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 snivelling brats.  Liberals have a quaint and touching faith that truth is on their side and an even quainter faith that journalists are on the side of truth.  Consider how much you’d have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers.  A callous pragmatist might favour abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the liberal point of view."

Ouch ...

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