The main thrust of All The Trouble In The World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty is O'Rourke musing on "human suffering" in the context of various places he's been around the world ... over-population in the context of Bangaladesh (he points out that the population density there is the same as Fremont, CA) ... famine in the context of Somalia ... environment in the context of the Amazon rain forest ... ecology in the context of the Czech Republic ... saving the earth in the context of the Earth Summit in Rio ... multiculturalism in the context of his alma mater, Miami of Ohio, and the Balkans ... plague in the context of Haiti ... and economic justice in the context of Vietnam. In almost every case, the core problem is one of politics and not environment or economics. In fact, by the time you're half way through this book, you're pretty sure that the old saw about the Klintons (Q:"How can you tell if the Klintons are lying?" A:"Their lips are moving!") goes double for every "environmentalist" (and he seems particularly fond of poking Al Gore with sharp sticks). Virtually every statement from the Environmental Left is shown to be blown up from some totally-out-of-context bit of untreated preliminary research which was grabbed to make a hot sound bite (the Alar debacle is a prime example). Section by section he shows what a colossal mess governments make of the world where given the chance ... a Libertarian battle-cry if I've ever heard one. The book ends on a positive note with the grass-roots capitalism erupting from Vietnam ... a situation he says was made possible when "Faced with a choice of leading or following, the Vietnamese government got out of the way.".
As I noted above, this is available for under $5 (with shipping) through Amazon's used department ... if you're sick of the smarmy liars like Al Gore spewing shit they've made up to further their political agendas, pick up a copy of this book ... you'll be happy that you did! Anyway, since I had such fun reading this, I dug up another P.J. O'Rourke book from the depths of my "to be read" shelves, Parliament of Whores, where he takes a good hard look at our government. Should be fun.