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"They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking." - George Carlin from his "Life is Worth Losing" special

"They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking." - George Carlin from his "Life is Worth Losing" special

ulterion0715

" Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist." \-GC


KustomNoob

They say if you scratch a cynic, you'll find a disappointed idealist\*


nightreader26

This hits way too close to home...


yigottahaveemailnow

George Carlin is one of the few comedians that pack their lines with so much information and jokes, you kinda need it written out to catch them all or listen to it slowly multiple times. His work is much more relatable as you grow older and see more and relate to the things he's talking about, more so now than ever as people have social media to aid them in exposing their stupidity. Really wish we could have seen his take on people during Covid.


bilgetea

I’m kind of glad he didn’t have to see this bullshit, TBH. He lived through the 60s, that was enough.


Talentagentfriend

It’s not hard to figure out what he’d say. How he would say it would be the hard part.


crab_cummies

If you are going to tell people the truth, you have to make them laugh, or they'll kill you


LakeSolon

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/03/17/truth-laugh/ 🤷‍♂️ Looks like it's been refined by many over the years. *Amusingly, the first results on Google are reddit comments from the last time this video was posted.*


ChrisRunsTheWorld

It's bots all the way down.


lFuhrer

I’m sure u/crab_cummies is a bot.


Preparation_Asleep

Wouldn't have it any other way.


lion_OBrian

OP? Bot. Commenter? Bot. Automod? Believe it or not, bot.


mstuff101

Tell all the truth but tell it slant -Emily Dickinson


scissormetimbers_

Bernard Shaw?


inayinzerwonderland

Micheal Scott


Akanan

Prison Mike


endymionsleep

-Wayne Gretzky


NPredetor_97

That or Oscar wilde


Dark_messengeR

Deckard Shaw


Chuvi

Stay awhile and listen


OG_Phx_Son

It’s nice to see reddit whip out George every 4 years around election season.


trini3333

Too bad people still continue to fall into the trap he was telling them to avoid.


acfox13

So, *that's* what I'm doing wrong...lol


Evenr-Counter723

So, Socrates wasn't funny


trowawayacc0

The socratic method is asking and letting people show their idiots themselves, again even when it's coming from themselves people still get angry.


doughnutholio

If it's coming from your own mouth, you get even more angry. *"You... you tricked me into making me sound stupid!"* *"KILL HIM!"* *"DRINK THAT HEMLOCK!"*


LiquidSilver

Ironically, you don't sound stupid until you get angry. There's nothing stupid about reasoning into a new conclusion, even if it contradicts your previous beliefs. It's only stupid to unreasonably reject that reasoning.


xMetix

You are not stupid, you're saying stupid things. You will only be stupid if you realize you're saying stupid things and keep going anyway.


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ktr83

Not talking about you or anyone specifically but I always chuckle when I see this quote because no one ever thinks of themselves in the dumb half. It's always "other people" who are stupid. Dunning Kruger all the way lol


PointsOutTheUsername

>"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" --George Carlin


JOJI_CARLIN

Whoever you kill in a video game sucks and whoever kills you has no life


Hippopotamidaes

Lol as old as Greek antiquity—“we won the battle, *we’re* glorious and superior!” vs. “we lost the battle, the *gods were not* with us.”


tbonesan

Im smart enough to know how stupid i am. I think thats a step above some


MBAH2017

It's an interesting correlation, because I'd say that vast majority of people who openly declare themselves to be in the dumb half are firmly in the smart half. Real idiots never even consider the possibility that they aren't correct.


kingqueefeater

The minute an intelligent person believes they know it all, they become ignorant of everything they don't know and join the ranks of upright-walking, slack-jawed mouthbreathers. The minute you choose to stop learning, you have little to offer this world or anyone in it.


PlymouthSea

I've always said. One of the main differences between a child and an adult, besides well adjusted affect, is in knowing what you don't know.


Kritical02

Funny how that makes you feel like a child at times however.


camefrom_All

it is deeper than that. sure, there are things you know you don't know. but there is a lot more you don't know that you don't know.


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I felt my inner frustrations coming to light when reading your comment. Knowing that there is a lot of things in the world to learn but also knowing that I don’t know what those things are so I can’t learn them yet


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“Only fools and liars claim to know everything because the fool thinks all that he knows is everything and the liar knows there is no sufficient data to know everything”


classical_hipster

True knowledge comes from knowing what you don’t know. Only through accepting your lack of knowledge can you begin to learn. True ignorance is believing you know everything.


Gamergonemild

The true mark of a fool is calling anything outside your realm of expertise impossible.


Fuzzy_Review

nah some of us are just aware we are as dumb as a bag of rocks.


boogswald

You’re gonna get a million responses to this where people not so subtly tell you their qualities and why it makes them smart lol


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ConsciousCosmicdust

They don't have to say anything at all.


AmosLaRue

And that is what intelligent people do.


Azure_Horizon_

no it isn't, that's what humble people do. and while someone intelligent might be more likely to be humble, doesn't mean they always are.


TomPuck15

I’d rather be thought a fool than open my mouth and remove all doubt.


dontyoutellmetosmile

That’s why I don’t go to the dentist anymore


JohnnyFootballHero

All these cavities, you fool!


captaintrips420

Yet here we are saying shit.


MitchGro_1

Anyone who’s been to university knows this scenario. Surround yourself with a lot of other smart people, you think the world is pretty smart and you’re constantly trying to prove yourself. Go home on holiday and get hit with a brick wall of reality.


clennys

I went to a competive undergrad in California and graduated magna cum laude. Then I went to a competive med school in California and felt like a total idiot. I was straight up average to below average. Very humbling experience for me.


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MattieShoes

I think we all benefit from being in the dumb half of the room. Sure it's shocking when you're used to being nowhere near there, but I think it's good for us.


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If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.


adamthinks

Everyone is stupid about something. Part of the issue is that people think being competent about one thing means they're smart in general. We're all idiots.


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ZeroThePenguin

It's funny watching this pop up from both sides of the field thinking they're the smart ones and that the "other side" are the problem. Same video, same titles, same comments.


PatchThePiracy

Solution: we all collectively admit we’re all retarded.


xActuallyabearx

Alex Jones enters the chat


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>Solution: we all collectively admit we’re all retarded. Reality: we all collectively admit THEY'RE all retarded.


svencan

This idea of just two sides is where all the stupidity starts already. Seems vote counting is already complicated enough.


allmos80

Not gonna lie. I live in a country with many options, they're still all shit


SpiderFnJerusalem

If the shittiest of them get separated into their own extremist fringe party that's still better than if they are part of one of the two major parties which starts pandering to them.


invisiblebeard

I don’t think Carlin was referring to either democrats or republicans here, I think in fact his argument is quite against the duopoly that we have in the US.


GloriousReign

He was referring to the bourgeoisie. “They own all the important land” is a reference to private property.


xXxWeed_Wizard420xXx

What? Most of that was leftist talking points though. "They're coming for your social security", yea, the republicans are? "They want more for them, and less for everyone else", wow good, because sharing would be COMMUNISM! Wonder which side. I don't understand how a republican could think this video favored them


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This video applies to everyone. That’s the point. They (the owners) want to keep you divided arguing over shit and you’re doing exactly that.


MrBanannasareyum

Exactly, the “two sides” here aren’t right and left, it’s up and down. As in, Uber rich assholes, and everyone else.


anaskthredthrow

Republicans absolutely believe this applies to leftists and socialists. To them, socialists are state actors that secretly profit from government-run businesses, like healthcare and finance. They consider capitalist greedheads the far lesser of two evils.


insipid_comment

>It's funny watching this pop up from both sides Then you weren't listening to Carlin. The politicians and the lobbyists and the voters for those politicians are one side, and the people fighting the class struggle against the elites are the other side. If you mean Democrats and Republicans, you've been duped into thinking those are two sides when in fact they play for the same team. One side is charming and the other side is offensive (which is which?) but the answer to the perennial question ("Who benefits?") remains the same. To say it another way: Biden is **by no means** the candidate that will help the ordinary person against the clutches of crony capitalism. Those elites win no matter who takes the presidency.


OmarGuard

Only gets more relevant with time


theOgMonster

Is it MORE relevant now? Or has it always been like this and we just realize it more and more as time goes by?


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Joe_Doblow

most people realize it when they are working for 15-20 years and realize the dream wasn't real. Then they wake up but by then what can they do. Theyre married with kids often, in too deep in the system to rebel.


dancingliondl

You hit the nail on the head. I was already in my 30's with 2 kids before I realized that I wasn't a repressed millionaire, and that the system was stacked against me. By then I was already a cog in the machine. Can't take time off to protest or even run for local office, got a 9-5 job to be at every day. Politics is for people who don't work for hourly wage.


Joe_Doblow

Yea many states literally don’t pay their state congressmen. My state, nyc, pays them very well. Anyway yea most people are freaking drained and exhausted from working a soul sucking job that they have some addiction causing habit to get by. Most people’s mental resources are zapped and they don’t sleep enough, then add on kids to that and it’s a wrap


UmmanMandian

Texas has the population of Canada but pays an insufficient part time pay for state congressmen. With all the power left to the state legislature, it's kind of terrifying.


not_a_relevant_name

Not that in makes your point less valid, but Texas has 10 million less people than Canada.


butter14

You are correct, and I'm being nitpicky here, but the state of Texas' GDP is 100 billion dollars more than Canada's. The fact that they pay their legislators a salary less than that of a teacher means that only independently wealthy people can run. It's to keep the middle class as far away from the levers of power as possible. In short, Republicans are corrupt.


5AlarmFirefly

> The fact that they pay their legislators a salary less than that of a teacher means that only independently wealthy people can run. Wow this is really news to me. The fuck.


AnnieMouse124

I actually knew a state rep who worked as well. One gig was as a sub teacher for little kids...no politics that way at work.


Atruen

I just started my new career where I know I’ll be for a while, making good money. Except seeing my coworkers mindsets and where their priorities are is the most troubling concept of this dilemma. These guys constantly push themselves, take no breaks, stay late every day while not getting paid, work almost every weekend. And at first I admired them for their work ethic and how you couldn’t stop these guys. Anytime anyone outside of our field mentioned a vacation theyre taking they would sarcastically mock them with the whole “Pff wish I had time for a vacation” with the inflection of “Me and my jobs way too important to be taking time away for a silly vacation”. When they worked overtime they wouldn’t document it as to not stir the pot with the boss and “you gotta do whatever it takes to get the job done”. It didn’t take long for me to look at these guys and realize...they all have kids...and wives who they aren’t spending time with, and whenever they would start telling a story about them, they couldn’t even tell you basic info about their kids lives, like what school they go to, who their best friend is. It was sad.


Dont_Carry_it_All

American corporate culture summarized perfectly. This is encouraged and the norm. People brag about the hours they work under salaried positions like it is a dick measuring contest. When in reality they will die and be replaced within a few weeks with a condolence email sent out by the company. Glad you recognize it so you know not what to be


rejeremiad

Sound familiar? >It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859


randomguy987654321

Agreed. And more to the point, it will ALWAYS be like this because no leader anywhere is saying what the actual problem is (and what few regular people who say it, no one believes or supports them). America is, and always had been, a civil oligarchy.


ZeroBx500

Always has been... 🌎🧑‍🚀🔫


authaire

It's more relevant now. We have "smart"phones and social media.


Benadryl_Brownie

The phones get smarter, the people get dumber, the rich get richer.


arcaneresistance

So I drink a whole pitcher. My hair gets thinner, my waist gets larger, and time moves faster.


bamfsalad

It's okay though. I'm enjoying it for the most part.


kaze919

I believe he means more obvious. Like the owners are more brazen with this shit.


Joe_Doblow

Think its mostly the internet, people are spreading the ideas basically like what Carlin is saying. if people weren't so indoctrinated into entertainment like movies and music there would be more demand for change. but people are caught up in the celebrity media world they become complacent, kind of brain dead.


Seltonik

And don’t forget Reddit. We’re all too busy discussing it on Reddit to actually do anything about it.


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We don’t actually have to “do something”, like go out and protest. No need for yelling “fascists!!!” And spitting on LEO. All we really need to do is just try to be the better person in everything that you can think of daily. If someone didn’t hold the door open, if someone didn’t smile back, if someone cut us off, if someone gave us “the finger”, if someone pisses us off somehow, someway... All’s you gotta do is just be the better person. That’s it. If everyone did that, it’ll have a greater affect. Doing so we shall see the effects as a whole.


Luxpreliator

On average an average human is more educated as time go on. The public is slowly seeing the truth that rules are never the good people, only those that want power. 500 years ago literacy rates in Europe were 10%. 120 years ago it was 10% for the world. Global literacy rate is 86% now. Critical thinking is probably a bit lower % but it is rising.


Curtis40

Politics is full of successful psychopaths and sociopaths. The ones smart enough not to get caught.


CyclopicSerpent

That's not even the truly sad part though. It's that it has always been relevant. Those in power use it to stay in power. And while we arent sitting on our porches with shotguns now, we're braving a nuclear holocaust of psychological warfare everyday. Whether it's marketing, campaigning, or anytime someone in power is trying to get you to do something for their benefit. They have so many tools to manipulate you, its everywhere. And even if you recognize it and call it out, it doesn't matter, someone else will take their place. Then if you feel defeated because calling it out doesn't do anything, doesn't rally others. They still win.


IdRatherBeAnimating

what's horrifying as fuck to me is that each side thinks this video applies to the other.


Mr_Manfredjensenjen

"Pretty soon all you'll need to get into college is a pencil. 'Gotta pencil? Get the fuck in there. It's physics!'"


benowillock

And everyone claps approvingly, safe in the knowledge he's talking about those other people, but not them.


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Mama_Huhu

Do you think they might be laughing and applauding despite knowing it's true of them too, and just don't know how to react to that otherwise? I mean sure, we're all sheep and blind and cocksuckers and all that, but also maybe not too stupid - just at a loss for what to do about it all. Laughing at misfortune seems pretty human sometimes.


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armen89

It’s the truth and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. So we laugh and try our best.


turtletitan8196

I think realizing you’re in this situation starts to make it a little less depressing. People say ignorance is bliss but personally I’d rather be in the know. Then once you’ve accepted this, you can go on about your life trying to make the most out of what you do have control over. For me, it’s enough. Would it be great to transcend these circumstances? Sure. But there’s also a certain peace to be had from accepting it will likely never change and just go on getting what you can from the little things in life. Just my two cents and personal miniature philosophy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this very same crap the last couple years as I grow up and come into my own.


Mama_Huhu

I can relate to developing a similar philosophy over time. There is so much to be despondent over and the injustice of it all can be so overwhelming. There's freedom in that acceptance that I think we're talking about; not to abdicate, but to accept reality as it is and not just feel condemned by how we know it could or should be. Of course we see it, of course it should be better and we work to make it better on our small local realms. At large though, it's all so out of our reach as to be absurd! Laughing in this context is almost more about sharing an experience, not about superiority.


Prezzen

As someone who's seen/heard nearly every recording of George Carlin's, I'm almost sure he's addressed a point similar to that in one of his specials: my mind goes to one from the late 90s early 00s. When he made a statement like the previous which applies to the general populous and most of the audience claps, he made a comment to the effect of >"Now there's clearly too many of you clapping along, and you all know who you are"


Will_Explode8

And this is what is even more fascinating to me. People on reddit on happy to criticize the audience and say look at these sheep who don't think they are sheep but people on reddit will do the same sheep like shit


The_Dragon_Redone

Bruh, we're all bots. The only person here is you.


Dubtrooper

Comedy is comedy. Deeply philosophical or not, if you can't laugh at yourself or others you've got no humor. Carlin was making great points and also putting on a show. No need in looking at it deeper than that.


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free_billstickers

I laugh and clap because I know I am another brick in the wall. Hegemony is a bitch but for the most part, just being aware of that is a win in and of itself.


ChimpBottle

I mean, maybe some people. But clapping doesn't mean you think you're excluded from who he's talking about. I would absolutely include myself in the list of people being fucked by post capitalism, I would still applaud Carlin if I were there


Mr_Clovis

I wonder how many people upvoted you with exactly the same mindset without realizing the irony of it.


cyclicamp

Not everyone goes to a Carlin show, but among the people nodding their head I’m sure they have different ideas about who “they” are that are rich and control things.


smokingcatnip

People's ability to interpret what they want to hear is terrifying. I'm sure some people went to Carlin shows and were like "haha, I love it when he rips on those conniving Jews like this."


HevC4

When the votes are all counted and the winner is chosen, the big corporate big wigs will all shake hands and congratulate each other on another 4 years of control. It doesn’t matter if Trump or Biden because it won’t change anything other then a few social issues to appease the American people and give them a sense of victory.


theshoeshiner84

And the two party system is the embodiment of that. "Listen to me, because you have no other option."


mcmanybucks

I'm from Denmark, where we have ~10 parties, each with their own stances. It sometimes feels like you're eating a sandwich with varying degrees of spice, but it's the same meat, same lettuce, same tomato.


raptormeat

I envy that though. It probably means that each of those parties are serious about winning and are adopting mainstream ideas that most of your citizens support. Our system of division, invective and tribal hatred is an ongoing nightmare - I would kill for boring politics. Are there big ideas that you wish Danish politics would get into more? Things they aren't addressing that they should? Just curious :)


Hothera

The two party system is basically inevitable when you only have a single vote. My personal favorite form of voting is [approval voting](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting) where you can cast a vote for everyone that you approve. It's a bit easier than ordering candidates by preference and easier to understand than ranked choice.


wikipedia_text_bot

**Approval Voting** Approval voting is a single-winner electoral system where each voter may select ("approve") any number of candidates. The winner is the most-approved candidate. It is related to score voting in which voters give each option a score on a scale, and the option with the highest total of scores is selected.


bctg106

I like ranked choice more.


squaredk2

Can't believe we didn't pass that in Massachusetts, 55/45 split


Slich

It's because people didn't understand it. Some repos I work with basically thought if it ain't broke don't fix it, and just didnt see a point in changing


PaxAttax

The fact that they don't think it's broken is the problem.


eoworm

same same.


HarleyQuinn_RS

While far better than Plurality, Ranked Choice has the issue of Centre Squeezing, which is not entirely dissimilar to the Spoiler Effect seen in Plurality voting. Not that Approval voting doesn't have issues (The Chicken Dilemma), but its issues are far less likely to occur, and far less likely to swing a result, meaning people are far freer to vote for their favourite candidate, rather than the strategic choice.


CoverYourOrifices

Not really true. In my country we have about 10 parties in the parliament and usually a coalition government of 3 parties.


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That’s just factually wrong. Voters in Germany have one vote but they have a very effective multi party system. They do it by forcing their parties to make coalitions in order to govern.


nofluxcapacitor

>It's a bit easier than ordering candidates by preference Surely it's easier to decide "I prefer this candidate to that one" than to figure out what "approve" means. Ranking has a very clear meaning, but how much do you have to like someone to approve of them? Approval voting also means that you can increase your favorite candidate's chances of winning by not approving of your second favorite's, so voters get into a prisoner's dilemma situation. I think that would cause a lot of distrust among people who support similar candidates. Of course, approval is still vastly superior to first-past-the-post.


AutomatedShitTalker

Both candidates literally only have "look at the other guy" as their argument. Not to mention people believing identity politics is the solution to end *systemic* racism. Even the slightest critical thought can see how stupid and ass-backwards that is.


dmanb

everyone thinks they're the informed person. probably not the case.


all_out_ofbubblegum

My q-anon believing Aunt (everyone's got one of them not dont they?) Thinks Carlin is talking about them


Joe_Doblow

what is q-anon?


all_out_ofbubblegum

Oh you sweet summer child.


DFrumpyOne

I had to look it up too. >QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against US President Donald Trump, who is battling against the cabal. The theory also commonly asserts that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as "The Storm", when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested.


Timberwolf501st

The unfortunate truth is the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. It's like the perimeter of a circle. The larger the circle is, the more area is exposed to what is not in the circle. It is unfortunate because it feels like a losing battle in the search for truth. The more you study and the more you look just reveals how ignorant you are. So long, of course, you are searching for a truth rather than for confirmation of an answer you've already decided upon.


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Gemmabeta

People who think they are too smart to be manipulated are probably the most easily manipulated. Smart people tend to fall into this trap more, I wager.


JasonMomoasScrunchie

People who think they’re smart aren’t usually very smart


Sahtras1992

theres a graph representing that pretty good. very low at the start, suddenly spikes into infinity once you get into the subject, then quickly going towards zero again once you realize how little you really know of the subject to then get to very high values again once you mastered the subject.


tritter211

Probably [this.](https://i.imgur.com/mPnCLAP.jpg)


shackbleep

The one and only time I saw the master George Carlin was on this tour. Even at his advanced age and waning health, he flat-out destroyed for over an hour. I'll never forget his first bit. He came out, waited for the thunderous applause to die down, and opened with, "You know what no one talks about anymore? PUSSY FARTS!" The whole goddamn room blew up. He then went on a five-minute tirade about PUSSY FARTS and how no one talks about them anymore, making it all seem so easy and natural, like he was commenting on the weather. George is without a doubt one of my personal heroes. Comedian, satirist, author, linguist, absurdist, realist, and so much more. Just a damn fine human being. Miss you, George. We need you and Hunter S. Thompson back immediately. <3


Furious--Max

He was a modern man.


BuddyUpInATree

I bet he's down there right now, screaming up at us


pittiedaddy

With all the dads


The_Moondoggie

Hell is full of dads.


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A man for the millennium.


bizkitmaker13

Digital and smoke free.


xyrad

A diversified, multicultural, postmodern deconstructionist


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NSX_guy

I’ve been up linked and downloaded, I’ve been inputted and outsourced, I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I’m a high-tech low-life.


Furious--Max

A cutting edge state of the art bi-coastal multitasker and I can give ya a gigabyte in a nano second.


FadedAndJaded

A high-tech low-life.


PatchThePiracy

I’m a raging workaholic. A working *rage*aholic. I’m out of rehab, and *in denial.*


asshat13

True but the things he is talking about in this clip have been going on in America since WWII.


chewie2357

But it hurts more now because we can see it happening, in the flesh, and it is still happening. The corruption is out in the open, and we aren't stopping it.


pugofthewildfrontier

My favorite Carlin clip. Just cuts straight through the bullshit. And for anyone wondering, he’s talking about them ALL, not just republicans.


Noocracy_Now

"It's a big club, and you ain't in it!" What are the chances, I just posted this to Facebook. It occurred to me recently, for some reason...


DrMaxCoytus

The best part about this is that people on both sides would agree with this and say it about the other side.


micshastu

It’s both sides getting screwed. The “owners” control both sides. They are probably having fun with this game they are playing turning everyone on each other.


Nextrix

That's the point. Divide and conquer.


Hothera

The problem with cynicism is that it doesn't get anything done. More often that not, you'll be "correct" when you're complaining, but being right does improve anything. At the end of the day, all this leads to is people giving up and doing nothing. That's how Trump got elected. 100 years ago, George Carlin would have commented on the Jim Crow era and say, "Nothing changed. People are still enslaved, except now, hundreds of thousands of regular people died and millions wounded fighting for the interests of the rich. At the time, that would have been a reasonable assessment of history, but now we can all agree that the Civil War the correct response to the secession.


mccrackey

He didn't want to get anything done. He just loved the entertainment in watching it burn.


MidgardDragon

It's a big club and you ain't in it


AU36832

Everyone here is clapping for his message but ignoring that he said the news is bought and paid for by the same billionaires that are pulling the strings. The news we watch is fair and truthful. It's only the other side that watches and believes the fake news. Let's point and laugh at them because the network we watch thats worth billions of dollars would never deceive us. We are too smart to be fooled like tens of millions of people that disagree with us.


JasonMomoasScrunchie

God I miss George Carlin. He was a genius. Can you imagine what he’d have to say these last 4 years?!


KindBass

Or Hunter S. Thompson? Having read his obituary of Nixon, I can only imagine... edit: [what a roasting](https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/)


funkyjiveturkey

Last 4 years, even just since he died. I always liked to think he would have had a snappy bit about the first black president


graffitiworthreading

The problem with Carlin's message was that he advocated for *not voting*. You can be completely correct about the nature of the problem and still offer terrible suggestions on the appropriate course of action.


Gemmabeta

A lot of Carlin's points basically boil down to this almost suicidal defeatism (shit's too fucked, why bother), The one that really rubs me the wrong way is the one about Environmentalism, which is basically 5 minutes of the guy bitching at the people who are trying to help for being too optimistic (but also, at the time time, he bitched at them for not helping *more*).


IrishCow

He was a great comic. A guy who got arrested for defending free speech just making people laugh. Suicidal defeatism was his act. And he moved more minds than everyone yelling "get out the vote". I think you are mistaking a great comedian for a political activist. When comedians become political activists they relinquish their ability to take a step back, point out the absurdity, and laugh. It's hard to see the forest through the trees and we are in the woods. Be careful asking the only people outside of the woods to join us in there.


graffitiworthreading

That's the trouble with being miserable--anyone else's optimism is unbearable. I admire Carlin's humor and most of the points he makes, but I hope I never end up in that defeatist mindset on the biggest issues.


Black_n_Neon

Is it really defeatist or acceptance of situations you have no control over?


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PatchThePiracy

Well, he made an interesting point if you widen your consciousness to include timescales of billions of years. He pointed out that *way* over 99% of species that have *ever* existed have gone extinct. Extinction is literally the **rule** of nature, not the exception. And for us to avoid extinction, scientifically and statistically, would be a bizarrely odd occurrence that flies in the face of all our universe has done for the last 4.5 billion years on Earth. If it is true that the universe is not here for us, it is then completely indifferent to our survival, just as it is to *every* other species to ever walk the Earth. For us to think we are somehow special is a highly misinformed view, in his opinion.


FadedAndJaded

Every cynic is just a disappointed idealist. He has said he is very much an idealist just doesn't see us doing the work to improve it.


500milesification

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal"- Emma Goldman


beechknoll

I’m really glad it’s looking like Biden’s going to win. But boy is this true, this election cycle and what happened to Bernie marks the first time in my life I realized how bought off the Democrat party is which sucks.


CHAZ_prime_minister

hint: he's talking about reddit too


Captain_Twitch

This entire comment section could be posted in r/iamverysmart


FuuriousD

Reminds me of a good Cohen song "Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich"


full_goose_bozo

it's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.


DizzyReply

ITT: Liberals that miss the point that he's fucking talking about them too


all_no_pALL

Miss this guy more than most people we’ve lost from our cultural stable. A genius who knew his role, was apt, and didn’t give a flying, or running for that matter, fuck. Save the planet is still one of my favorite bits to this day. 7:30 minutes of him dismantling our hubris and how much we really matter.


Ducidni1

Whenever this video pops up it makes me feel weird. Sort of like the first time you look at the stars, and realize how insignificant you are. The only thing that makes me feel better about being stuck in the system Carlin explains is that it’s been going on long before I was here and will be here long after I’m gone.


failingstars

He's 100% correct. I miss him. We're all just a means to an end for all these people who are in power.


Mr_Face

He was such an interesting comedian. He both pissed you off and made you laugh. I miss him.


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It was so important he had to say it twice. Here it is again: THEY DO NOT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU The people in charge do not fucking care about everyone else. Bernie did, and look how far that got him. God I miss Carlin, I’d love to see him tear Trump a new asshole