P.J. O'Rourke's Dangerous State of the Nation

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P.J. O'Rourke's Dangerous State of the Nation
Illustration: Sydney Opera House

Think of it as a political entrée to the November election in the US

Feeling disallusioned with the state of global politics? Get some humorous perspective from American political satirist and journalist P.J. O’Rourke, who’ll offer his wit and insight on the Trump vs Clinton race to presidency when he takes to the stage at Sydney Opera House in August. Following an address on the US election, O’Rourke will talk with senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre, Tom Switzer.

O’Rourke reluctantly gave Hillary Clinton his back-handed endorsement: “I endorse Hillary Clinton for President. She is the second-worst thing that could happen to America. I endorse her. And all her pomps. And all her empty promises. Better the devil you know than the Lord of the Flies on his own 757.”

For more incite into the US election in November, and politics at home, see the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

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Paul G

It's an hour of my life I'll never get back and a complete waste of $50. 

To save our sanity from such inane drivel my party cut the night short and left before the QandA, maybe things may have improved but we just couldn't take the risk.  Given the source material available, the current US election, we had expected to get some conservative insight into the goings on over there delivered in a satirical fashion, while differing in political opinions we expected some intelligent discourse. We were sorely dissapointed. There were a couple of dismissive remarks of the two candidates and a comment about the US electorate been currently mentally unstable and that was it!

Then on came the usual libertarian strawmen arguments against govt and taxes which he then "lampooned", it had the subtlety of a Mac Truck (to borrow a US/Canadian expression). The take away message he gave was that taxes bad, government bad, all politicians stupid and community concern for anything is misplaced leftie thinking.  He lauded the fantastic Opera House seemingly oblivious to the fact that it was built at the behest of an Australian government and paid for by the Australian tax payer, such was his insight.  

Maybe he was playing up to his libertarian CIS sponsors, but he wasn't really trying to entertain the audience, while some seemed to enjoy the onslaught the majority seem disengaged. But unlike us they seemed resigned to their fate.