Don’t Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards

(Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)

Book Forum
November 3, 2010 6:00PM
Auditorium/1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring P. J. O’Rourke, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

He has reported on the inner workings of the U.S. government, explained the global economy, and crawled under the hood of the American automobile industry’s downfall. Now, in his latest book, Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards, acclaimed humorist P. J. O’Rourke, the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, explores the basis of our democracy and politics, and, with his trademark humor, takes a hard look at the people and institutions that practice it.

Since 1970, O’Rourke has been reporting on the inner workings of the U.S. government and believes, now more than ever, it is time for us to be on a “big fat political diet.” O’Rourke will share his sharp insights on such topics as the economy, the financial bailouts, and healthcare reform, as well as the overall state of American politics. “You can remove morality from politics like you can remove the head from a chicken,” he writes, “and they’ll both keep going — politics much longer than the chicken.”

With his previous best-sellers including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, On the Wealth of Nations, and Driving Like Crazy, this new addition to his canon reaffirms O’Rourke’s stature as “the funniest writer in America.”