O’Rourke’s Eat the Rich

A review of P.J. O’Rourke’s book, “Eat the Rich”.

This paper briefly summarizes the book “Eat the Rich” by P.J. O’Rourke, a delightfully funny account of the economy of various countries. The paper outlines how it is more or less a treatise on economics as O’Rourke explores why some countries have such prosperous economic conditions while others are heading towards disaster. The paper explains O’Rourke’s argument that economies are dependent on the kind of policies that are devised by their governments and the rich are to blame for the quagmire that some countries find themselves in.
“Eat the Rich by P.J. O’Rourke is a delightfully funny account of the economy of various countries. It is more or less a treatise on economics as O’Rourke explores why some countries have such prosperous economic conditions while others are heading towards disaster owing to the kind of policies that are devised by their governments. The book is aptly titled Eat the Rich because despite the witticisms and hilarious references he makes to the New York Stock Exchange, one finds that O’Rourke is inevitably blaming the rich for the quagmire that some countries find themselves in. O’Rourke also points out that they are responsible for the poverty of the victimized masses and the only thing that comes to their rescue is the ‘compassionate government,’ as he puts it, selflessly transferring wealth from the rich to the poor. The transfer of course comes at a steep price to the society in terms of disincentives to the rich as well as the middle class but more so to the poor whose plight is compounded by the law of unintended consequences.”