Political satire is very useful for highlighting certain truths that otherwise would never see the light of day. Ridiculing certain individuals and organizations who are contrary to the message of Liberty might serve as a paradigm shift. By calling for a renewed “Red Scare,” the infamous P. J. O’Rourke enlists help from readers of The American Spectator to submit their recommendations.
O’Rourke postulates that if those of the so-called “political Left” were outed as lunatics, then they could be dealt with vis-a-vis media overexposure. Although such an specific form of ostracism could easily backfire, O’Rourke argues that by such overexposure, the common sense of the American public would recognize the liberal statists for the fools they are (of course, so as to not offend his readership, O’Rourke was completely mute about the conservative statists, since he still thinks that “conservatives” are somehow synonymous with limited government minarchism).
Anybody and everybody who promotes welfare statism, environmental legislation, or faux diversity is lam boosted as the frauds that they are. Noam Chomsky, Dianne Feinstein, and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility are outed as unAmerican pieces of gutter trash. On the other hand, what I did not appreciate was the listing of some antiwar organizations, although I will concede that a good portion of those listed were limp-wristed pinko commie types.
P. J. O’Rourke’s The Enemies List is a snickering kind of read. If you want to experience some well intentioned humour at the expense of one particular form of statism, then this book is for you. Just don’t forget that plenty of neocons, including Ronald Reagan, are held in sacrosanct admiration.