Friday Filosophy v.03.25.2022
Patrick Jake O’Rourke (November 14, 1947 – February 15, 2022) was an American libertarian political satirist and journalist. O’Rourke was the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio‘s game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! He was a columnist at The Daily Beast from 2011 to 2016.
He authored 16 books, including three that made The New York Times Best Seller list. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states, “O’Rourke’s original reporting, irreverent humor, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject.”
- 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.
- Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
- You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.
- Politics is the attempt to achieve power and prestige without merit.
- If you think health care is expensive now, just wait ’til it’s free.
- Think what evil creeps’ liberals would be if their plans to enfeeble the individual, exhaust the economy, impede the rule of law, and cripple national defense were guided by a coherent ideology instead of smug ignorance.
- The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you’re rich.
- There is a simple rule here, a rule of legislation, a rule of business, a rule of life: beyond a certain point, complexity is fraud. You can apply that rule to left-wing social programs, but you can also apply that rule to credit derivatives, hedge funds, all the rest of it.
- When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
The Time is Now.