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Forum Post: George Carlin and the OWS movement

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 8:11 a.m. EST by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL
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Know a lot of you have probably seen this Carlin clip before, but for those of you who haven't, he probably sums up the entire OWS sentiment in 3min14sec.

If I were running OWS, I would set this up on a continuous loop playback on the biggest TV I could find in the most populated protest area. It is the rallying cry of the movement.

Quite a diatribe, but powerfully presented in colorful language designed for maximum impact.




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[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 11 years ago

I find his comments on education outdated. There is a move in Charlotte NC by businesses to improve education. They have turned over millions of dollars to improve education in the worst preforming schools. Even better, the money has been given to the educational professionals to do what they think is best. Of course Carlin wrote in one of his later books that a many of his bits were meant to be over the top exaggerations. The purpose was humor not necessarily an expression of beliefs.

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 11 years ago

Even though he starts out talking about education, my take on it was his apparent indictment of the economic disparity and concentrated power of the underclass vs. the mega-wealthy within our system. Yes, Carlin was, first and foremost, an entertainer. But there appears to be a level of sincerity and indignation coming across to me that transcends pure entertainment. That's why I posted it.

[-] 1 points by Renaye (522) 11 years ago

There's a wonderful lady "Charlotte Iserbyt" that I'd like you to meet. She was an education insider for 30 years, and very succinctly has blown the whistle on the entire education system.


[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 11 years ago

Just finished watching your video in its entirety. All I can say is that if this information can be independently verified and conclusively confirmed beyond any doubt, then this video is, without any doubt whatsoever, THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO EVER PRODUCED in this country.

I must say that in the spirit of critical thinking, which requires an opposing viewpoint be presented in order to determine validity of arguments and evidence, I would have liked to have seen this information presented in a public debate format with any counter-evidence presented, however, if one assumes strictly for theoretical purposes that this information is, in fact, 100% true, then GOOD GOD!!! GOOD GOD!!! GOOD GOD!!! -- we are done for.

I have always wondered why the education system in this country is in such deplorable condition, and always assumed it was because of the natural cycle of nations rising and falling (as they all do). The cause of our decline in competiveness and influence may come from many factors, and not necessarily only from the decline of critical thinking skills at ALL age groups in our society. However, the influence of computer software at brainwashing and dumbing-down society is very plausible given that the interaction is one-sided. You can't debate with a machine!!! But the brainwashing of society by other methods (e.g. TV and other media) also does not afford an opportunity for direct debate and questioning of where the information comes from, the validity of its assertions presented, the motives of individuals or groups behind it, etc...

Thank you SO much for bringing this highly-important information to my attention.


[-] 0 points by 1169 (204) 11 years ago

Yes Underdog I agree, the Carlin video ought to be played 24/7 on the Times Square big screen, and all the big screens in the world.

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago


There are areas where Ayn Rand is being used in the literature curriculum.

[-] 2 points by EricBlair (447) 11 years ago

That's frightening

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Very much so. Way to attempt to indoctrinate kids into allowing for an aristocratic society to rule. :/

[-] 1 points by 1169 (204) 11 years ago

probably one reason home schooling is on such a rise these days

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Way to take it way out of context there. :/

[-] 1 points by EricBlair (447) 11 years ago

I thought it was a great video :) Much of what it says is quite merited. Don't you think?

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

That would be the .....way to take it way out of context by leaving out information. Don't you think?

[-] 1 points by EricBlair (447) 11 years ago

What? You're talking over my head now. I know there is some subtle point you are making but I'm missing it.

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

I'm sorry.

The way that the information is presented is misleading. The Factory model, and specifically, the platoon model were incorporated and utilized to train for factory work. Even then there was an outcry. This is true.

This is why we don't want the public education to be run by corporations.

From the 1940's through 1980 there were several cases that were long hard battles to win. We automatically think Brown v Topeka Board of Education etc. We don't think about ones like Lau v Nichols.

The police didn't start working in the schools until about 25 years ago. Zero tolerance. There is a report called the School to Prison pipeline that you may find particularly informational.

There is no information regarding standardized testing. So, it presents as going from the Factory model education straight to the cops. There is a hell of a lot of information that is missing.