"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
| "Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. All in the Family (the
2. George Carlin - Unmasked
with George Carlin
while this is filed as a crisis item, it isn't - or
perhaps it is,
namely by providing some background. I'll come to that later,
let me first explain how the present Nederlog came about.
indeed until this morning, the plan was to redo the Nederlog I did a
year ago, about Corporate fascism and
the surveillance state (<- the link), which I thought then, and
still think now, quite good (check the last link!). In fact, what I
wanted to do is not so much redo it, as to point out how well confirmed
the Nederlog is by Edward Snowden's revelations.
this morning I realized that the article is quite serious and, while it
did get picked up last year, is not quite Christmas material, precisely
because it is so serious.
I found an interview with George Carlin of 80 minutes that I hadn't
seen yet, which I have now, but which ruined any possibility of
commenting on the above linked piece.
therefore the present Nederlog is a somewhat brief item, that gives you
hours of videos to watch. Here they are, with some comments.
1. All in the Family (the best of)
As you may know - it is explained here: Three
things most other men do that I don't do - and why, among
other things - I have no television since 1970 ,
mostly because I
find most that appears on it rather contemptible, and I have much
better uses for my time.
But I am not a fanatic, and
there are - occasionally - things on it that I like, and one of the
things that I did like in the early 1970ies is "All in the Family"
(<- Wikipedia). If you do not know what this is, check out the last
In fact, here is a bit of
that last link (with a note deleted here):
All in the Family
revolved around the life of a working
class bigot and his family. Despite being considerably
softer in its approach than its BBC predecessor, the show broke ground
in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S.
network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality,
breast cancer, the Vietnam
War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these
controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television's
most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom
format with real-life conflicts.
The show ranked number-one
in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. It
became the first television series to reach the milestone of having
topped the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive years.
And also, it is really
funny and it is very well written - and could be put on television
these days, not only in my opinion, but in Jean Stapleton's
opinion, who played Edith
Bunker, and did so marvellously. (Jean Stapleton died in May of
this year, aged 90.)
Actually, I did not know
most of the above until about December 13 last, when I saw a bit of an
item of Bill Maher,
who had Rob Reiner
as one his guests not long ago, whom I did not recognize, but
remembered somehow of something that I did not remember.
Well, for these problems
there is Wikipedia: It showed Reiner had been playing Michael Stivic,
probably better known as "Meathead", in "All in the Family", and this
led me quickly to discovering there is a lot of "All in the Family" on
In case you know it because
you saw it around 40 years ago, you can see it again, and I, who saw at
most 5 of the early ones, am seeing all of them and am presently in
season 5, from which also is the following item:
Note this lasts 50 minutes,
is presented by Henry Fonda (not very awful, and only with brief
appearances), and covers the first 100 items of the series (there are
over 200 more, though I do not know how many are available), from which
a quite good choice is made.
So... in case you need some
relief from your family; want to find some old memories back; or want
to see what I really liked that even the majority of the American
public also liked, you can try the above.
You'll also find very
little changed these forty years: mostly the same problems still exist
for mostly the same reasons, of which the main one is human stupidity.
George Carlin - Unmasked with George Carlin
I only discovered George Carlin
two years after he died, in 2010, but have been a fan ever since, and
have seen most of the Carlin material on Youtube, and several times
linked to selections from it.
I must have mentioned
him in Nederlog before May 2, 2012,
but that is the first time he is in the Nederlog-indexes, and I then
did include my assessment of him:
All of that still holds,
and indeed I also really think Carlin did far more good than any
American philosopher of the 20th Century did, because he made a lot of
sense, that very few people really do, and reached a far wider audience
than any philosopher ever did.
George Carlin, although he never
got any university degree, was a real
philosopher who discussed real
philosophical problems in ways that are accessible, amusing and
instructive to real people who are not blessed by academic tenure for
knowing how to perform some academic tricks passably well and without
giving offense to the authorities or the public at large, and who call
themselves "philosophers" because they teach it, and maybe also write
about it in journals that are only read by their own kind.
again, in order
to reach the public Carlin had to adopt the stance of a comedian - as
few will pay to hear a talk about philosophy - a subject which he
excelled in thanks to a combination of courage, individualism,
intelligence and verbal wit.
seems to me to be
one of the very few Americans of his and my generation who dared to
speak the truth about many
accepted idiocies and injustices in an intelligent and intelligible
way, and who also managed to get away with it, and indeed to make money
by it, because he was genuinely witty, which is another talent academic
philosophers rarely have, even if they believe they do (see Magee's
interviews, if you were inclined to think otherwise: compare the verbal
agility of these supposedly major 20th Century philosophers with the
verbal agility, ready wit and logical clarity that Carlin displayed,
also in direct discussion, as can be seen on YouTube).
This is especially so from 1992 onwards, as he himself indicates in the
following item, that - as I explained in the beginning - is the cause
of the contents of this Nederlog:
In fact, this is an
interview from 2007, about a year before his death, and it is a good
video with good questions, and I hadn't seen this before, although I
have seen and linked other interviews with him.
Finally here is a quotation with links, that still work today, from May
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 1 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 2 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 3 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 4 of 4)