There is a book about it…Assholism.

Malcolm Jones has reviewed it at The Daily Beast:

It is a word sparingly applied to women and almost never to children: “It’s easy to think of small children as little shits, since a predisposition to malice or cruelty can manifest itself very early on. But we rarely describe little children as assholes. You can’t be an asshole until you’re old enough to know better, and neurotic enough to sense that you ought to feel bad about it.”

Yup plenty of assholes in the world. Are there any more than in the past when they were less apparent?

“This isn’t an age of assholes—or at least there are no more of them walking the earth than there used to be back when they went by other designations,” Nunberg says. “But it’s fair to call it an age of assholism, one that has created a host of new occasions for acting like assholes and new ways of performing assholism, particularly among strangers and in public life.” There follows about 40 very entertaining pages about American politics, where assholism has been turned into a technique if not an art form.


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  • jabba

    Dennis Leary has a great song about being an asshole

  • pukakidon

    What is worse though being called an Arsehole or a C#nt?

    • Whafe

      An ankle, of which is far lower than a C#nt pukekidon :D

    • Rodger T

      Context and delivery Puka,its all in the context and delivery.

      • pukakidon

        Liked that

  • Troy

    I apply Robert Suttons two tests of the “No Asshole Rule”
    I’d apply this to people like Mallard, Cosgrove, Fenton and those of that ilk. It’s also why i’d never vote Labour until they are gone from that party. Somehow, perhaps during their early childhood or early teens they became confirmed as assholes.

  • Adolf Fiinkensein


    “Campaign Manual For Democrats”

    I was going to say Labour but they don’t count for much in the world anymore.

  • le sphincter

    Why this obsession with the nether regions ?

    • GregM

      I must admit at first I thought this was a guest post by/about yourself Sir.

      • le sphincter

        True !
        I thought someone else had stolen my thunder – so to speak

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Welcome to ‘Arseholes Anonymous.’

    My name is Trevor. I’m an arsehole.