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Satire, Hypocrisy, Sarcasm and laughter. The four horseman politicians fear most! George Carlin video's should be mandatory viewing for college students in understanding the Civil Rights and Vietnam era, his warnings are still prescient to this day. The Machiavellian use of humor for power was Ronald Reagan hands down. How many times he defused or distorted reality with one liners that knocked or blamed the government while hiding the hand of his masters should be a class in its own right. Was the treatment of Charlie Chaplin a warning to others? Woodstock musicians had hard hitting political lyrics in anti war songs, the music today is neutered bland and sung by plastic Barbie Stepford Wives like Taylor Swift. Meaningless consumerism of clothes. bling, makeup, perfume, Botox and plastic surgery. The world for all intents and purposes has become a 1984/Brave New World hybrid. The .1% jet set around the world profiting from from permanent war disguised as patriots and calm everyone with "Soma" to make their hopeless lives even more hopeless. Then turn gambling into entertainment for "fun" with extra oxygen and booze to keep the "proles" pumping more money into their greedy pockets. Not only is the "wrong" humor banned so is any news of the suicides the "fun" caused! But hey they can blame the Russians, Chinese and Muslim "Terrorists" for hating "our" values. With a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other with a flag draped cross and a Reagan like demagogue saying "Its Morning In America"! In God We Trust?
What a great topic. Maher, above all, infuriates me not only for his lack of erudition, but for the way he betrays his natural gifts for a paycheck. He’s so often on the right side of social issues, and nearly always on the wrong side of political ones, especially internationally. When I think what his influence could do to aid Assange, for example, I begin to despair how money can so corrupt a person.
Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful dialogue.
Always wanted to write; maybe now's the time.
You left out the master, Jon Stewart, also Charlamagne tha God, Samantha Bee, Hasan Minaj, Trevor Noah, Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Jaboukie Young-White and Roy Wood Jr. , Jordan Klepper, Al Franklin, Saturday night Live Cast, and so many more. I’m not sure what you watched, but these are all people I respect and love exactly for the deep humanitarianism, and love of our country exhibited through humor. They have pointed out the flaws in our country and ways to make it better. It is a wonderful medium for learning. Again, I don’t know who you were watching. We can still enjoy the older comedians without disparaging political comedians, just like apples and oranges are both great.
I’m a huge fan a subscriber to Lee Camp’s content. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview but have a comment regarding the Dave Chapelle critique of the LGBTQ+ community. Dave’s comedy does not demean the community or encourage abuse. The humor is an important strand of argument utilized in his bits about the Me too movement, Fans vs Celebrities, and Trump voters...making fun of the absurdity of third rail (untouchable topics). If communities subject to discriminatory abuse are exempt from comedy than African-Americans, Hispanic, women, and religious minorities would not have been the subject of some of the greatest comedy in American history. An example of Dave’s LGBTQ+ comedy that makes my point is the bit about the road-trip car ride where the passengers are members of each segment of the community. The bit illuminates the comedic distinctions within the community in the similar fashion cultural, racial, gender, and religious distinctions have provided a rich source of comedy. At the heart of his critique is no part of the human family is beyond good humor. Lee has built his career on exposing third rail topics in the realm of politics and economics. Dave’s primary focus is culture, which broadly includes politics. I would love to see Lee interview Dave Chapelle. For a long form preview, check out Dave Chapelle’s interviews with Joe Rogan.
Thank you for having Lee Camp on! He’s great! Love him.
The worst example I’ve seen is the YouTube clip from 3 yrs ago; “late night hosts react to arrest of Assange.” I know people who were influenced by those narratives. I doubt Trevor Noah or Seth Myers had an understanding of the case. They were handed the narrative for the jokes. They should come out and apologize but that would tarnish their carefully orchestrated public image. Liberals don’t question it, didn’t question why jokes were being made about a man being illegally removed from politically sovereign territory in the embassy, still do not question the issue of solitary confinement/torture. Those narratives did have a profound influence as liberals worship these shows. They’ve become totally useless and propagandized by fear, Trump derangement syndrome, and extremist “me too” ideology. There’s no talking to them, they’ll call you crazy.
When Lunatics Run the Asylum
Interviewed by David Barsamian
Oro Valley, AZ 22 March 2023
I'm transcribing the final question posed in this very interesting interview that I downloaded from alternativeradio.org
D.B. -The lunatics seemingly control the asylum. What signs of
sanity are there out there to counter the lunatics?
N.C.- Plenty. There's lots of popular activism. We mentioned
some of it. It's in the streets. Young people calling for
decent treatment of others, concern for others. Sometimes
it may go a little bit overboard, but a lot of it is very solid
and serious. Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement. Let's
save the planet from destruction. There are lots of voices.
Yours, Democracy Now, Chris Hedges, lots of sites,
Common Dreams, Truthout, Intercept, Alternet,
TomDispatch and many others. All of these are efforts to
create an alternative world in which human beings can
survive. Those are the signs of hope for the world
Putting Jimmy Dore in a list that includes Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin? C'mon, Chris.
Outstanding !! -- thank you.
The monsters aren't under the bed, in the closet, or lurking around public bathrooms unseen.
They're highly visible, their media omnipresence the appearance of certainty and control. But we can see it's a mask, tragedy under the thinnest veneer of comedy.
They fear change, so they grasp power as vital creation eludes them.
They display; unaware the alpha wolf is false and they look like fools.
Their chrome and glass urban missiles reflect lifelessness, devoid of laughter and joy.
But The Trickster will have the last word--just ask Ozymandias.
I can't help but think you are making my case for me. Meaning is everything to me when it comes to understanding someone or speaking out clearly. Commenting with an entire essay, my comments would offer a pretty flawed transcendence for anyone, so I use relatively superlative words instead, within a pretty conservative set of words, and a bit of hope that my meaning can get through. Pretty pathetic, really, especially in this community, but I like to try.
Why is Lee Camp not on Rumble?
I've not watched TV in decades, so the names mentioned here in this report are foreign to me. But it doesn't mean that occasionally I have encountered real comedy in the radio delivered by the politicians themselves. Is there anything funnier than listening to hawkish Biden to call Putin a war criminal, or to a Trump rallying people to make America great AGAIN? Well, I guess my sense of humor died long ago.
emma, I grew up listening to those older comedians, and their records. Yes they too pointed out the injustices of this country and informed us through humor so it wouldn’t be so horrific that we couldn’t hear it. Yes they may have gotten arrested for pushing against some terrible norms, but they led the way so todays comedians have freer speech. Getting involve?, check out Jon Stewart. Many have also been involved, the threat of punishment is just not so severe. I appreciate a good critique, but frankly I was surprised by this piece. It seemed out of character. From my perspective it just seemed like an ill informed unkind and unjustified bashing of some very talented and good people, and to what end?