Humour is a very useful tool with which to illustrate painful realities. The tradition of the court jester allowed individuals to ridicule corrupt monarchs without losing their heads. With the prevalence of Thought Crime, perhaps the easiest and initially safest way to convey the crimes of the Establishment (as well as promoting the cause of Liberty) is to ridicule the tyrants.
Families have been incrementally balkanized by a combination of taxation, public schools, and Madison Avenue social engineering. The author highlights how we are truly on our own now, “strangers in a home we never made.” The rest of the book makes light of these facts as best as possible.
For instance, “[m]icrowave ovens, too, are best used as toys.” Or how about, “[e]very kitchen should be equipped with a dishwasher, preferably a cute one wearing her apron and nothing else.” My personal favorite was, “[t]urn your place into a female’s idea of a mess, which is to say clean it.” After reading a whole bunch of serious and at times completely depressing socio-political books, this thematic joke book was a great relief.
If you are interested in reading a ton of satire about bachelor keeping house, then read P.J. O’Rourke‘s The Bachelor Home Companion: A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like a Pig. At the very least, it’s a good alternative to watching television when you are trying to relax from learning about the Establishment. All of us, from time to time, deserve a well-earned relaxation from exposing corruption by sitting back and just laughing for the hell of it.