Governments Don’t Want Well Informed

Governments don't want well informed
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“Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”George Carlin

George Carlin (1937 – 2008) was a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for his routines that focused on socio-cultural criticism of modern American society. His comedy touched on various subjects, such as politics, the English language, psychology, and anything taboo. Comedy Central ranked him second in the list of 100 greatest stand-up comedians in 2004.

During the peak of his career in the late 1960’s, he became a frequent performer and guest on the Tonight Show, and hosted the first episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He was making a total sum of $250,000 annually. Nevertheless, Carlin eventually got tired of his “conventional” image that he changed his routines and his appearance. In the 1970’s, he transformed into an anti-establishment hippie who constantly got in trouble with the police.

Carlin had made adversaries later in his career not only for being “too outspoken” but also for being a self-professed atheist and avid cocaine user. But although he was deemed anti-religious and disrespectful by conservatives, the younger counterculture saw him as a hero. Eventually, he was arrested for violating obscenity laws after his infamous show “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

Called “the dean of counterculture comedians” by one newspaper, his influence spawned a new brand of intellectual yet “irreverent” comedians, such as Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, and Ricky Gervais. On the same year he died, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, America’s highest honor for comedians.

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