George Carlin – The Illusion Of Choice


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[George Carlin – The Illusion Of Choice]

[George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)] Source:
Well, we like war. We like war. We are a war like people. We like war because we are good at it. You know, why we are good at it, because we get a lot of practice. This country is only 200 years old and already we’ve had 10 major wars. The average a major war every 20 years in this country, so we are good at it and it’s a good thing we are, we are not very good at anything else anymore. Can’t build a decent car, can’t make a TV set or a VCR worth a fuck. Got no steel industry left, can’t educate our young people, can’t get healthcare to our old people, but we can bomb this shit out of your country all right.

Especially, if your country is a full of brown people, that’s our new job in the world bombing brown people. Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Libya you’ve got some brown people in your country, tell them to watch the fuck out or we’ll God damn bomb them. Well when is the last white people you can remember that we bombed, can you remember the last white, can you remember any white people, we’ve ever bombed. The Germans those were the only ones and that’s only because they were trying to cut in on our actions, they wanted to dominate the world, bullshit, that’s our fucking job.

And you probably noticed, I don’t feel about that war the way we were told, we were supposed to feel about that war, the way we were ordered and instructed by the United States government to feel about that war. My mind doesn’t work that way, I got this real moron thing I do, it’s called thinking. And I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions. I don’t just roll over when I’m told to. It’s sad to say most Americans just roll over on command, not me. Source:

I have certain rules I’ll abide. My first rule, I don’t believe anything that government tells me, nothing, zero, no. And I don’t take very seriously the media or the press in this country who in the case of the Persian Gulf war we’re nothing more than unpaid employees of the Department of Defense and who most of the time, most of the time functions as kind of an unofficial Public Relations Agency for the United States government. So I don’t listen to them, I don’t really believe in my country, and I got to tell you folks I don’t get all choked up about yellow ribbons and the American flags. I consider them, I consider them to be symbols and I leave symbols to the symbol minded.

And I’m talking about the fact that a war is of a rich old man protecting a property by sending middle class and lower class, young man off to die. Forget these foolish election, the owners of this county don’t care about the poor in general.

The owners of this country?

And they don’t care about…

What are we going…

Is this Karl Marx talking to me? The owners of this country are the voters of this country.

No, you are wrong about that my friend…

Aren’t the owners of this country the voters in this country?

No, no.

Who elect…

No, you’re not, listen, for politics these elections are a charade; it’s a charade.

Oh, okay.

It is, it is, they’re mentally, I’ll tell you, listen, just listen it, for a minute, learn a little something. Elections and politicians are in place in order to give Americans the illusion that they have freedom of choice. You don’t really have choice in this country.

All the things that are important reduced in choice; newspapers in a city how many, used to be three, four; now it’s one or two; is it owned by the same people and they also own radio station.

Give these people a voting day every year, so that they’ll have the illusion of meaningless choice, meaningless choice that we go like slaves and say, Joe, I voted. The limits of debate in this country are, are, are established before the debate even begins. And everyone else is marginalized, and made to seem there to be communist or some sort of disloyal person. A kook, there is a word and now it’s conspiracy, say, they made that something that’s, that is, that is should not be even entertained for a minute that powerful people might get together and have a plan, it doesn’t happen you are a kook, you are a conspiracy buff, a conspiracy buff. Source:

Not as a result of a conspiracy but…

You don’t need a formal conspiracy.


When interests converge, these people went to the same universities and fraternities, they’re in the same boards as directors, they were on the same country clubs, they have like interests.

Oh, please.


They don’t need to call a meeting, they know what’s good for them and they are getting it, and there used to be seven oil companies, there are now three, it will soon be two. The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice to a two political parties. There are a handful of insurance companies, there are about six or seven information like; what if you want a bagel, or 23 flavors because you have the illusion, you have the illusion of choice.


You don’t take (inaudible) because there’s no freedom of choice.

That’s a great point.

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