P.J. O'Rourke Says Tea Party is Good for Democracy

Protestors Increase Everyone's Engagement

Monday, September 27, 2010


Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country,we bring you the unmissable quotes from political conversations on WNYC. On today's Brian Lehrer Show, P.J. O'Rourke talked about the Tea Party movement.

Conservative humorist and Cato Institute research fellow P.J. O'Rourke is the author of a new book, Don't Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards. But on this morning's Brian Lehrer Show he said the Tea Party isn't taking his advice. It is doing just the opposite: getting more people involved in political discourse.  

Political involvement is very important. The Tea Party has definitely increased political involvement, not only among Tea Party members but among people who oppose the Tea Party members. It's been a general stimulus.

O'Rourke, whose skewering of political life has long been characterized by a libertarian viewpoint, said the anti-government Tea Party activists differ from classic libertarians because they are less dogmatic.  

I would say that this is a sort of inchoate and not as yet terribly well articulated general feeling that the expanse, the sheer expanse of politics, measured in money or measured in power over our daily lives, has gotten a little bit out of hand and is certainly something that the people who started the United States would be a little surprised to see.


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Kathleen Newton from Brooklyn, NY

Mr. O'Rourke is right that we should be making things (11/17/11). But that's not how these guys got rich. They speculated, hedged against their own clients and issued securities that no one seems to have known what was inside, plus oursourced jobs, etc. I don't think OWS people think that there is a fixed pie that the (actually) .1% have to loose so that we can get more. How about everyone paying a fair share of taxes for the services that we need for a civilized society?

Nov. 17 2011 08:20 PM

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