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Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards Audiobook – Unabridged

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I own and have enjoyed all PJ O'Rourke's books. My favourite was Holidays in Hell which shows him at the height of his powers as a journalist.

This book is a good read with some very funny sections. I very much like the fact that Mr O'Rourke is not afraid to attack the Kennedy's.

Ian MacWhirter in the Hearld attacked the book as being a tea party rant and I am really not sure what book he was reading but it was not this one. The whole point about PJ O'Rourke is that he is clever and well read and can sum things up in a funny and interesting way. He is able to make one think about the subject of his summation in a new light (for example his Holidays in Hell point that it was the Germans who taught the Isreali's their manners - a point that makes you think on a whole number of levals).

He is right wing and he may well hold views with which one does not agree but he is not stupid or a bigot. The Tea Party with Sarah Palin at their head are the very opposite sort of people to PJ O'Rourke.

Not his best book but a jolly good book. Well worth a bash.
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By Anthony Miles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2010
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I'd always thought PJ wasn't a fan of recycling, but this book has proved me wrong - it's basically a pulped and reconstituted version of 'Parliament Of Whores',but with about 40% less jokes, which he's replaced with added rambling and space-filling lists. His arguments have been updated to reflect the crash, but it's basically the same book - same themes, same semi-credible libertarian POV, same rhetoric, a lot of the same research and examples, a lot of the same quips.

Of course, nothing PJ's ever written has been anything less than readable, and this is no different, but it's hardly a worthy addition to his canon. More of a contract-filler or quick moneymaker than a proper new book, I think.
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Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards

This is an extremely accurate and funny description of American politics but much of the ironic witicisms apply to British politics also.
Well worth reading and the sort of book that one can gift to anyone who is inclined to see the funny side of things.
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P.J. O'Rourke is akin to an American cross between Jeremy Clarkson and Malcom Muggeridge, and as such he is a good recipe for entertainment. His latest book, "Don't Vote!" is mooted as the follow up to "Parliament of Whores", which was a number one New York Times best-seller and regarded -- at least by Amazon reviewers -- as a classic of US political satire. It is a book which is by turns both funny and challenging, particularly to a non-US readership, although the author has been on Andrew Marr's Start the Week radio show and on Night Waves on R3, so presumably he is hoping to sell a few copies on this side of the Atlantic.

Let's start with funny. O'Rourke provides a reliably steady supply of wit. He coins the Bill and Hillary Clinton rules of toleration: `mind your own business and keep your hands to yourself'. He tells us that the `message that the US government sent to the broke banks and beggared financial institutions was: "Don't you ever do this again or we'll give you more money"', which is a nice succinct take on moral hazard. And he reminds us in a distinctively humorous way why as a youth he disagreed with war in Vietnam in the 1960's: `the government was intent on interrupting my fun to send me to some distant place with a noxious climate to shoot people I didn't know, and, what was worse, they'd shoot back'. Indeed, it was probably the lack of a similar impingement on individual liberty which explains why, 7/7 bombers aside, an independent observer might be forgiven for thinking that most UK citizens didn't really care about the invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan.
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A hugely enjoyable book, as you'd expect from a PJ book it is very engaging and full of wit. The book feels like a very personal book and almost like a cathartic exercise for the author in places, as such it has a very different feel from most other PJ books. For those who are not familiar with the books and ideas of PJ O'Rourke he is a libertarian US political commentator/journalist and humourist who has written on a variety of subjects. He is very much in favour of free trade and limiting government to the minimum that governments need to do, to many British readers many of his ideas may feel very right wing yet this should not be confused with the sort of right wing fringe politics of hate and division. I find there is more respect for humanity and the rights of individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender or anything else in PJ's writings than in most of the writings of those who criticise his politics. I find that as I get older I am becoming more and more like him in terms of my approach to politics and the world around us. He is ardently free trade, thinks the bank bail out in 2008 was a mistake and pretty much thinks that most of what the government does could be done better by somebody else, assuming it needs to be done at all. This is one of those books that unfortunately will probably be read by those who agree with the ideas it contains, which is ironic given that part of the book gives the authors reasons for switching off talk radio when he realised the shows were screaming at people who already agreed with them.Read more ›
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