If you can believe it, the world has been without George Carlin for over three years. But his influential stand-up comedy continues to resonate with themes in our society that will never go out of style: inequality, social mores, hypocrisy and disenfranchisement, to name a few. And based on this clip from his 2005 special "Life is Worth Losing," Carlin would likely be marching with protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement, or at least supporting them from afar.
Even after spending the majority of his life's work writing and performing stand-up comedy intended to expose inherent absurdities in our modern world, Carlin continued to do more new material than the most prolific of today's stand-ups, with the exception of Louis C.K., who heeded that lesson from Carlin.
In this clip, from 2005's "Life is Worth Losing," Carlin approaches themes that could very well serve as the Occupy Wall Street Manifesto in 2011. While not as tight as the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television -- the comedy bit that got him arrested for indecency -- his diatribe against shadowy elites in politics and finance are just as relevant as any routine from Carlin's heyday.
You know something? [Wall Street] will get it. They'll get it all from you sooner or later, 'cause they own this f***in' place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. ... The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good, honest hard working people ... continue to elect these rich c***suckers who don't give a f*** about them.
Carlin died only a few months before President Obama was elected. We wonder what wisdom old George would have spoken were he alive today.