If there ever was a god, I’m fairly certain George Carlin would call him/her/it out for committing some form of hypocrisy. Carlin’s incorrigibly iconoclastic attitude, fundamental distrust of “those in charge,” and penetrating insights on human nature made him one of the sharpest minds of the twentieth century. Much like his predecessor and friend Lenny Bruce, Carlin was not afraid to expose hypocrisy and abuse of power at the highest levels. If anyone dares enter the professional world of stand-up comedy, they must know and worship this following quote from Carlin:
I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
Sadly, that quote has been more abused and misunderstood than Nietzsche.
Having seen him perform multiple times, I was lucky enough to see this man ‘s genius up close and personal. Heck, he’s the whole reason why I and countless others got into comedy in the first place.
But it was his 14th album and eighth HBO comedy special, Jammin’ In New York, that really opened people’s eyes to the evils of power and america’s zest to “blow sh*t up!” George Carlin made this album in 1992, and, much like Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation and military industrial complex admonition, proved to be ahead of its time. Moreover, Carlin’s brilliant and hilarious theories on why we go to war is something that everyone MUST see again and again…and then a few more times. The master of language and observation may no longer be with us, but thankfully his comedy and insights will live on forever by virtue of YouTube.
Watch George Carlin’s thoughts on war below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qqARrbi1h8]
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