Patrick Jake O’Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, and writer. O’Rourke wrote articles for several publications before joining “National Lampoon” in 1973, where he served as managing editor. Going freelance in 1981, O’Rourke’s pieces appeared in magazines such as “Playboy”, “Vanity Fair”, “Car and Driver”, and “Rolling Stone”. He later became the foreign-affairs desk chief at “Rolling Stone”, where he remained until 2001. In 1996, he served as the conservative commentator in the point-counterpoint segment of “60 Minutes”.
His first book, “Republican Party Reptile”, became a bestseller. As the book’s title implies, O’Rourke espoused economic and geopolitical views that were notably libertarian, including his views on sex and drugs. He is the author of 13 books, most recently “On the Wealth of Nations”, a commentary on Adam Smith’s “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”. It is the first book in “The Atlantic Monthly’s” “Books That Changed The World” series.
O’Rourke is H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for “The Atlantic Monthly”, “The American Spectator”, and “The Weekly Standard”, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”.