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  1. Chris Rock has done a couple of skits along these lines — funnier (I think) but not as sustained, complete or well-thought-out. Whoopi Goldberg, too. And of course, the great Lenny Bruce.

  2. Carlin says the big money interests running the country don’t want critical thinkers. But it’s more complicated than that. They want willing graduates who THINK they are critical thinkers because they’ve done so well at elite institutions. But actually, our best and brightest have rarely been exposed to the ideas, issues, critiques, and alternative visions that would cause them to question and actively oppose the un-freedoms they so readily accept.

    • Indeed, America has legions of very bright, knowledgeable specialists–salesmen, engineers, dentists, doctors, all products of departments that are often swimming in donations from wealthy donors, while the humanities are perennially underfunded. Historical context, comparative politics, philosophy, sociological thought prisms, hell even divisive identity politics departments like women’s studies — all these might well create an “uppity” population. Sure, the humanities may not offer lucrative careers but it has to do something with these things threatening to create people that are willing to go off-script.

  3. Matt Taibbi once wrote (paraphrasing here), “Congress isn’t there to protect the people from the special interests. Congress is there to protect the special interests from the people.”

  4. I’m trying to figure out how to get this video into my high school classroom without getting fired.

  5. Noam Chomsky had it right. The more educated you are, the harder it is to see the simple truths that are staring at you in the face.

  6. Spoken like a true street prophet. Is there anyone who can fill his shoes? None that I know of.

  7. It is exactly the same in the UK – the millionaires in Parliament are in league with, or under the thumb of, the big corporations and media moguls. John Kenneth Galbraith warned us about this half a century ago, but those of us who are aware of the problem are unable to do anything about it.

  8. As funny as it is (not); what a shame Carlin has to nail the fall so succinctly via his comedic genius.
    Carlin is one of my VERY few heroes; following him from the beginning has been a journey into hell. His comedy is a historical record of our demise…

  9. Well, this is all nice that we all agree with what he’s saying–and let me assure you, the younger generation has already seen this–I first saw it up on YouTube many years ago, and I, being an old fart already, am surely far behind the curve–but when we, including Carlin, get down to specifics, such as who the “they” are who doesn’t care about “us,” and we’re forced to try to name some names about who is who, and who and what are doing what to who, in the blink of an eye we’ll all just fall back into our left and right camps and end up blaming the other guy.

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