American Consequences - June 2019


war loses it. Look what happened to Japan in the 1980s. They kept giving us radios, TVs, stereos, and cars and we kept giving them little green pieces of paper. The Japanese couldn’t figure out what to do with the little green pieces of paper except give them back to us in return for assets with inflated prices. By the 1990s we had all the radios, TVs, stereos, and cars and all the little green pieces of paper and the Japanese had stuck their economy where the sun never rises.

P.J. O’Rourke comment: August, I confess to not quite understanding your last sentence. But anyway, I use the term “Classical Liberal” because, in contemporary American parlance, “Liberal” has become simply a synonym for “favoring larger government programs” – whether those programs are, classically speaking, “liberal” or not. (This isn’t the case elsewhere. The conservative political party in Australia is the Liberal Party.) What I mean by “liberal” is what I described to Jon, above – a political philosophy in which government both restrains itself from interfering in individual liberty, dignity, and responsibility and endeavors to defend and expand individual liberty, dignity, and responsibility. Re: ‘China Strikes Back... ‘ The Trade war is necessary. China has been infiltrating into our country and our culture, and the past has come to haunt us. The previous administrations were selling our country one piece at a time thinking we wouldn’t notice... And we wondered why everything was so affordable. These people had no right to sell what doesn’t belong to them... We can never back down from fighting the good fight. – Laura S. P.J. O’Rourke comment: I beg to differ, Laura. “Trade War” is worse than an oxymoron, it’s two words that don’t go together at all, like “Love Punch.” Trade is definitionally mutually beneficial. War is definitionally not. Also, anyone who sets out to “win” a trade

Trade war? What trade war? – Richard Z.

P.J. O’Rourke comment: Richard, please have a talk with Laura S.

Trade war? Yes, I’m for it. – Cynthia E.

P.J. O’Rourke comment: Cynthia, please have a talk with Richard Z. Re: ‘Overheating About Global Warming’ So, the truth that real scientists have been telling us for half a century now is somehow “fear mongering.” NOPE. Our grandchildren and generations after them will properly rage against our stupidity. – Phil S. P.J. O’Rourke comment: I don’t have to wait for grandchildren, Phil. My own kids are already doing a fine job of raging against my stupidity. (Though that has more to do with my not knowing who Lil Nas X is than climate change.) American Consequences isn’t some web canyon dug on the Internet so that right-thinking people can hear their right thoughts echoed. We run articles because we


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