Libertarians You’ve Never Heard Of: Patrick Jake O’Rourke

SFL Staff

It’s important to learn from intellectual giants like Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, but there are many unsung heroes that are also worth exploring. In thiseducational series, we hope to introduce students to such individuals. While not all of the figures profiled here explicitly identified as libertarian, they made great contributions to the cause of liberty that are worth acknowledging.

“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the firstthings to be bought and sold are legislators”.– Patrick Jake O’Rourke

Who: Patrick Jake (P.J.) O’Rourke (born 1947) is an American political journalist, satirist and author. He is also the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and a regular writer of The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard. He is also the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations.

Why he matters: O’Rourke has contributed significantly to the libertarian movement by writing over 15 books and a vast amount of articles, the majority of them dealing with government’s threat to individual liberties. His wit provides ascathing critique of the American system of governance. He describes himself as a libertarian and has worked to advance liberty through his writing.

If you only read one thing: Read Parliament of Whores (1991).