Stephen Daisley Stephen Daisley

P.J. O’Rourke: the finest satirist of his generation

P.J. O’Rourke (photo: Getty)

P.J. O’Rourke was the finest conservative satirist of his generation and therefore the finest of any political persuasion. Satire, an impertinent and mean-spirited attack on authority, is generally and perhaps even inherently a left-wing genre but O’Rourke came into his own in the wake of the 1960s, when the counterculture tried to overthrow authority but ended up replacing it instead.

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