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All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty Paperback – August 12, 1995
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big government liberalism by seeing how it is playing out in the real world, on a series of issues : overpopulation, famine, ecological
disaster, ethnic hatred, plague and poverty. For making this effort to scientifically test the ideology of the Left, in the laboratory of
reality, he has been accused of practically fabricating the issues in order to shoot down their solutions. If only....
It is all enjoyable and a ringing vindication of free markets, limited government and American culture (circa 1950), but far and away the
best chapter is the overpopulation one where he compares that perennial favorite of the Paul Ehrlich crowd, Bangladesh, with Fremont,
CA. Why Fremont? How about, because they have roughly the same population density. By the time Mr. O'Rourke is done, the very
notion that population growth, in the abstract, is something that we have to be terrified of has been rendered utterly laughable (and laugh
you will). Also worth the price of admission, before its author totally fades into obscurity, is the evisceration of Al Gore's deranged
magnum opus, Earth in the Balance. Mr. O'Rourke delivers Mr. Gore a well deserved drubbing.
The book makes a fine companion piece to Parliament of Whores, sort of a foreign affairs version of the same tale. Taken together, they
stand as one of the best and certainly the funniest defenses of liberty you are likely to find.
GRADE : A-
I am by training an engineer, one who has traveled a lot. I am trained to be logical, to weigh facts, and to adjust my findings as input information changes. It is great to send food to starving nations, but does it justify the destruction of the local farming economy? After all, free food drives out locally grown crops, and perpetuates hunger.
And is the possible benefit (if any) of a DDT ban worth the lives of millions of children? Were the author writing this today, he would undoubtedly have a ball with the organizations collecting money to send mesquito netting to Africa -- to compensate to a small degree for the disastrous consequences of the DDT ban. But I guess the ban is OK, since it is brown and black children that are dieing. If, instead, it were dozens of white liberals American children who died? I bet we would see DDT at WalMart.
This is not meant to be a technical treatise, although it does have a good measure of hard information and references (buried beneath the belly-laughing humor). Unfortunately, the kind of boring fact-upon-fact tract that might entertain me does not hold any interest for the average person. Mr. O'Rourke uses humor to tease along those who would be turned off by a technical journal.
Although published in the 90's, this book is every bit as relevant today as then -- and just as entertaining.
All The Trouble in the World focuses P.J. O'Rourke's biting satire and sarcasm on several topics that were hot in the early 1990's (and still are): overpopulation, famine, ecological apocalypse, multiculturalism, and miserable third world regimes that hide their brutality and failure behind the facade of socialism and first world envy.
Interspersed behind the barbs and wise-guy cracks are usually thoughtful analysis and intelligent criticism. For example, he compares Bangladesh with Fresno, California. Both have the same density, but find themselves in dramatically different conditions. While Bangladesh has some problems not found in Fresno, O'Rourke argues it's lack of free markets and a creaking bureaucracy overwhelm what had historically been a pretty productive population. Of course, his travels there set the stage for many humorous observations and situations (The Ministry of Jute -- Monty Python would have had a time with that one).
Some of the best chapters focus on our own living room liberals: those whose mission it is to save America from itself. Two chapters on multiculturalism and the world environmental movement show the length to which people who think of themselves as liberal have really become authoritarians who brook no dissent (nor inconvenient facts) in their quest to make the world right by their mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the funniest books I have ever read in all the world! Super impressive research to cover the varied topics i.e. all the troubles of the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark S. Heppler
PJ O'Rourke is a brilliant observer of the global political situation. The articles are somewhat dated, being from the last century for the most part, but sadly still ring true.Published 8 months ago by Guy Michael Raymond
If you judge yourself a good person just because you give the beggar on street corner a dollar and that the UN can do no evil then you will hate this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Allen
I just did not find this that funny or entertaining. I did not finish more that one chapter of this book.Published on February 26, 2014 by MCB
Great price, FAST delivery and wonderful quality. THANK YOU! Am a big fan of this author, and the price for this older book was more than reasonable.Published on December 23, 2013 by Daddoo
I have no complaints. I got the book in a few days and it was in great condition. Very Good!Published on October 16, 2013 by Monique
O'Rourke's collection of articles is full of hilarious lines and acerbic analyses of various scenes of human misery in the world. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Cocinero
Mr. O'Rourke relates first hand observations of critical issues still facing our political discussion today. Though written 16 years ago, the principal arguments remain. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by John Cullom