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Satirist and Humorist P.J. O'Rourke
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Satirist and humorist P.J. O’Rourke is a funny guy from the political right. Acerbic. Edgy. A laugh-out-loud conservative.

In ancient days, he wrote for National Lampoon and Rolling Stone. Now he writes for the Weekly Standard.

In between came books including “Republican Party Reptile,” “Parliament of Whores” and “Give War a Chance.”

Now, P.J. O’Rourke is out with a book on a book, the O’Rourke take on Adam Smith’s towering classic “The Wealth of Nations.”

In 1776, when a young America was declaring independence, Adam Smith was drawing the “invisible hand” of the market. Now O’Rourke takes up the pen.

This hour On Point: P.J. O’Rourke on freedom, free markets, Paris Hilton and Adam Smith’s wealth of nations.

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P.J. O’Rourke, political satirist and author of “On the Wealth of Nations.”

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

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