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The Immortal George Carlin Explains What Being ‘Politically Correct’ Really Is


When he was alive, George Carlin was never afraid to speak his mind. In fact, Carlin even went to jail for standing up for his right to speak what was on his mind.

On July 21, 1972, Carlin was arrested after performing his routine at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws for saying the words, shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

To some people, saying the words is shock humor or silly. However, to Carlin, these words were verbal activism. Had he not pushed the envelope on what we can’t say, free speech would still be in the stone age.

Carlin was an activist against censorship and the politically correct and he was so well received because he possessed a genius knack for relaying these ideas to people in a humorous manner.

Carlin became famous for his comedy routines, during which he would call out everything from religion to government.

Before his death in 2008, Carlin wrote book titled, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?in which he blasted everything from the dumbing down of America to the politically correct police.

What made this last book by Carlin special was the fact that he read it aloud himself and released it an an audiobook.

Below is a brief excerpt of that book about the dangers of being ‘PC’. As it starts out, Carlin explains how being politically correct is actually intolerance disquised as tolerance.

Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict codes and rigid rules. I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.

In the short excerpt below, Carlin explains just how slippery of a slope, the PC police can lead us down. It’s important that we get past ‘being offended’ and move on to true tolerance — one that allows for the voicing of any opinion — no matter how ‘offsensive’ it might be.

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  • Cam Alft

    liberals need to be told this…slowly and as if your talking to a child….i think the lack of gray matter in the liberal brain would be able to handle it then,but till then,the liberals just don’t want to hear anything other than what they want to hear.liberals live in a bubble,marxist bubble that is….

    • Lewis Frank Regner

      Here’s the thing. Liberals aren’t always stupid. Believing that is a mistake.. In fact, many of them aren’t stupid at all and some can even possess a remarkably high IQ. They may seem stupid in matters of their political views (and others as well), because in spite of their intelligence, if they are intelligent, they are also remarkably unable to think rationally, and conclude logically, especially when it requires more than just a few simple steps of logical thought to reach a conclusion. Emotion and feeling is also inadvertently treated as if it was a legitimate piece of the factual puzzle. In truth, it is more akin to a mental defect or disorder, than to anything else. And to be sure, they are liberal because they are mentally disordered, NOT mentally disordered because they are a liberal!Trying to get them to see this disorder within themselves, is very little different than trying to get an insane person to see that they are insane. It won’t work, it can’t work, no matter what you try to do to explain it all to them, or for that matter how many times you do. Think about this; how do you get a person who is unable to reliably think rationally, to understand they aren’t rational, by rationalizing with them? Talk as slow as you want if it makes you feel better, for it won’t matter in the least. For my time and money, don’t even bother!

  • Marie Cornwell

    Miss him soooo much!

  • Daniel

    you know, I like a bit of George, but his rants get very tedious and
    same-ey, and his insights, actually look at them “we all talk but no one
    listens.. and various similar statements spat out in a row” that is
    rhetoric, maybe good rhetoric.. but it is not insight from him, it is re
    packaged by him… really, he is massively over rated, and he’s pretty
    PC, almost all of what he says is in line with what we consider the
    correct way to think today, saying fuck and shit and this tedious
    “anger” is not anti PC, it’s how PC people talk to sound un PC, as most
    people do not know what PC is, all you have to do is say “I don’t care
    if you are offended” and people will think you are anti PC… being PC
    is to be excessively married to what is considered the right way to
    think politically and socially, George is/was very PC… he does seem to
    half go off PC, but not really, he has the uber PC anti white male line
    for one, maybe he has torn down feminist BS and I missed it, but I have
    seen him talk on gender, and he is super PC… what view does he take
    that is not PC? attacking politics etc is PC .. especially if you put a
    hint of feminism in. But really, it’s just style and rhetoric by and
    large, te substance is repeating the PC zeitgeist to people who want to
    hear it.

    George is the very definition of PC, all his views are completely in line with what is thought to be the right on way to think… using bad language is not anti PC, angry tone, is not anti PC… what view does he have that is not “right on”? I have yet to find one… it’s all completely PC! saying “I hate PC” while being this PC, is hypocrisy, falling for him being against PC, is idiocy… what of his views are not PC? .. when has he ever take a non PC view on gender, race ANYTHING??? he’s a one trick pony, and I guess in a time of super PC, decades of “friends” and the simpsons, it is probably to be expected that this PC clown be seen as non PC… well, look at most social justice warriors like him, their groups, the gender ones are sexist claiming not to be, the anti racist ones are almost all straight racists… george is the PC god!

    His comedy, is tedious and just re packed PC views made into a show. .. and where is he in this video? who likes him best? social justice warriors, they love PC… how the hell can people think this man, who is 100% PC with bits of window dressing that might look a bit un PC.. but really are or are neutral, like the use of words language bits he does… which are safe as they don’t deal with people or important views, just a view on language.

    Silly people are people who think a man who’s views are totally in line with PC views, is not PC… that, is silly.. but just be load and angry, and morons will think you are anti PC. Look at the views he expounds, look at one of his stands ups, and after jot down the angel he took on race, gender, sexuality and faith… then ask yourself are these considered “right on” views, or do they go against what is considered “right on”..

    • Josef Zee

      What were you smoking while typing this drivel?

  • Mats

    Political correct people are assembly like a religion. They have sacred texts, sacred words, forbidden words, leaders, prophets and holly books of semi-literate philosophers. Could all this fanaticism mean they are in a dryout and need “to get a little?