In Honor of Earth Hour: George Carlin on Human 'Self Importance'
George Carlin, "The Planet Is Fine" ... We're so self-important. So self-important. Everybody's going to save something now. "Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails." And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fu--ing people kidding me? Save the planet, we don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven't learned how to care for one another, we're gonna save the fu--ing planet? – George Carlin
Dominant Social Theme: Be nice to the Earth. It is fragile.
Free-Market Analysis: As a young funny-man George Carlin criticized the fashionable targets, mostly corporations and private enterprise. He fancied himself a kind of "hippie" Lenny Bruce.
But a funny thing happened to George Carlin: He grew up. The YouTube clips available regarding George Carlin's later performances make it clear he had become a fierce critic of what we would call the power elite.
He didn't come right out and say it, but over the years the paradigm he utilized – the prism with which he viewed the world – apparently changed and evolved. Thus, toward the end of his too-short life, he committed to film some indescribably great, and funny, rants. This short video, below, presents one of the best.
Yes ... we dare you to watch it and not to laugh. (Unless, of course, you are one of those grim Greenies.) The video includes some cursing, by the way. Here's a bit more of Carlin unleashed:
I'm getting tired of that s--t. Tired of t--t shit. I'm tired of fu-ing Earth Day, I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world save for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don't give a s--t about the planet. They don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't. Not in the abstract they don't. You know what they're interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me.
See the video excerpt here:
(Video from ilovecarbondioxide's YouTube user channel.)
Posted by Bobby7 on 04/17/12 12:30 PM
In a murderous, bloody world, you can show the desecrated bodies of victims of war, called collateral damage by the warmongers, but you cannot say F--k or the N word etc. The Greenies talk about Animal Rights, but theres no Animal Rights in the jungle. What about the parasites, bugs & bacteria that invade humans? What about OUR Rights?
Posted by free on 04/06/12 06:13 PM
Nothing more needs to be said. I love George, a great man.
Posted by GrandpaSpeaks on 04/01/12 10:07 AM
I really do miss George.I wonder what he would say now? The same as Thomas Jefferson, "I told you so and tried to warn you".
Posted by philitarian on 03/30/12 08:28 PM
Hahahah I'm so glad the DB included this video. Whenever I see greens getting uptight I think of this video. Utterly fantastic to see the DB have a great sense of humor too :D
Carlin and Hicks were integral to my waking up process. Way ahead of their time..
Reply from The Daily Bell
Hicks is someone who has been made famous by the Internet, and deservedly so.
Posted by Bobby7 on 03/30/12 12:34 PM
I call him Governor Bush because that's the only political office he's ever held legally in this country.
Posted by Bobby7 on 03/30/12 12:33 PM
THE LAND OF THE FREE? He, he, he
Now if you think you do have rights, one last assignment for you. Next time you're at the computer, get on the internet, go to Wikipedia. When you get to Wikipedia, in the search field for Wikipedia, I want you to type in "Japanese Americans 1942" and you'll find out all about your precious fu--ing rights,
Okay? All right. You know about it. In 1942, there were 110,000 Japanese American citizens in good standing, law-abiding people who were thrown into internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country.
That's all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair trial, no right to a jury of their peers no right to due process of any kind. The only right they had: "Right this way" into the internment camps! Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took them away! And rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges.
That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter.
You see all, sooner or later. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not give a f--k about them! The government doesn't care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It's interested in its own power. That's the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.
Ata boy, George!
Posted by Bobby7 on 03/30/12 12:29 PM
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post 'Thou shalt not steal,' 'Thou shalt not commit adultery,' and 'Thou shalt not lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.