It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it

TW for rape analogy

This is starting to be seen all over my FB feed as people (finally!) start paying more attention to #occupywallstreet, which means I probably should have posted it when I first saw it on Pharyngula, because now I look all behind the curve.

Below the video is a transcript of the finala 2005 televised performance of by George Carlin‘s career,  sounding hugely relevant right now. Allegedly the same media companies that make no objections to the gazillion copies of Carlin’s famous “7 words you can’t say on TV” routine online are issuing takedown notices every time somebody uploads this video to youtube or vimeo etc.

George Carlin’s Final Words To The World…
George Carlin on “The American Dream”. The greatest 3 minutes of his career, and the final 3 minutes of his career.

n.b. it was pointed out in comments that this was not even the final HBO special of Carlin’s career, so take the quoted claim above with a grain of salt.

There’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that.

I’m talking about the REAL owners, now. The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions — forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON’T. You have no choice. You have OWNERS. They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they’ve got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.

They gotcha by the BALLS. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying — lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want — they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting FUCKED by system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that.

You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re comin’ for your SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it BACK. So they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it.

They’ll get it ALL from you sooner or later — ‘cuz they OWN this fuckin’ place. It’s a big CLUB. And YOU AIN’T IN IT. You and I are NOT IN the big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long, beating you over the in their media telling you what to believe — what to think — and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

Good honest hard-workin people — white collar, blue collar — doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-workin people CONTINUE — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these RICH COCKSUCKERS who don’t GIVE a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you, they don’t GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU — AT ALL. AT ALL. AT ALL. You know? And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care … that’s what the owners count on, the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day.

Because the owners of this country know the truth — it’s called the American Dream … ‘cuz you have to be asleep to believe it.

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6 replies

  1. Just de-lurking to ask if you wouldn’t mind putting a trigger warning on this for the rape analogy. It’s not something I expected to see here.
    Thanks for the heads-up, Hilary. Done, and apologies for not doing so in the first place. ~tigtog

  2. He was a hideous rape jokester.

  3. Great! I can understand why it’s the last 3 minutes of his career

  4. The footage is from Carlin’s 2005 HBO special, Life is Worth Losing. He was in a pretty dark place that year, as the gravestones on the set suggest… However, it very definitely was not the “last” piece he did in any sense. It wasn’t even his last HBO special; his 2008 special, It’s Bad For Ya!, may be seen here.

    • @Linda, I presume you are referring to the notorious Porky Pig routine? Because it wouldn’t be fair IMO to describe Carlin as someone who routinely used rape jokes. I don’t think Carlin succeeded in what he was trying to do with the Porky Pig routine (which was showing that rape jokes are not funny) because by positing an absurdly bizarre exception that would in his opinion actually be funny he undermined his own point.
      @Stephan, thanks for digging up the facts on that. Looks like the attributions have gone down the urban legend route of conflating sources/timelines, as such things so often do.

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