There is a lot of it about these days.
Mid-rant I stopped and asked myself which, if any, public figure I believe presents a genuinely challenging view of the world that doesn’t fall into line with some carefully crafted, corporatist agenda.
That was a toughie.
There really is a dearth of politicians, journalists, writers or comedians who come anywhere near to scaring the establishment.
I can’t recall the last time I heard, saw, or read anything in the mainstream that left me thinking ‘fuck me that bloke really is angry, how on earth did he make it onto television?’
And then I thought about Bill Hicks
He was definitely angry about something. Quite a few things actually
Hicks is by no means an ideal role model for small children and he is also somewhat restricted in his ability to challenge the powers that be by the fact that he’s been dead for years
But it’s interesting to compare that clip of Chomsky blowing off 9/11 and JFK conspiracy theories with this little skit by Hicks on the JFK thing…
… and then asking yourself which of the two men represented more of a threat to The Machine.
Or about comparing this clip of Hicks commenting on the Invasion of Iraq and the War on Terror ten years before they even got going and the video of John Stewart interviewing Bill Kristol
… and then asking yourself if John Stewart is even worthy of wiping Bill Hicks’ long dead arse
And whilst I’m linking to Bill Hicks clips…
- Bill Hicks demonstrating the use of the c word after losing it somewhat with his audience...
- A fairly so-so mashup based on a Bill Hicks sample, salvaged by inclusion of some excellent clips of Hollywood celebs whoring themselves to the Japanese...