George Carlin: A Four-Letter Threat to Authority
, by Butler Shaffer
, 24 Jun 2008
A tribute to George Carlin (and Lenny Bruce) on their irreverent attitude towards authority and Carlin as a "standup philosopher"
"To most people, Bruce and Carlin were nothing more than dealers in four-letter words; men who loved to shock the sensibilities of others. But there was a deeper meaning in their humor, and modern libertarian thinking would not have been possible without their important groundwork. Each man understood, at least implicitly, that the authority some men presume to exercise over the lives of others depends upon the subjugated regarding their managers with an unquestioning reverence and awe."
The Case Against God Sequel
, by George H. Smith
, 31 Jul 1999
Speech given at the Freedom From Religion Foundation mini-convention in San Francisco; based on excerpts from then to be published Why Atheism?
"Does God have a sense of humor? ... Can God, a perfect being, tell a perfect joke?--a joke of which nothing funnier can be conceived? Can an infinite being tell a joke that is infinitely funny--and, if so, could it cause people to die laughing? ... Humor plays an important role in human life. Laughter is an intrinsic value, something we enjoy as an end itself rather than a means to something else. Laughter is a moveable feast, something we can take with us anywhere and enjoy at our leisure. To laugh with another person is among the purest forms of social interaction, a spontaneous intermingling of thoughts and emotions."
The Political Sterility of Jon Stewart
, by Sheldon Richman
, 7 Nov 2014
Highlights the dearth of poltical satire, as evidenced by Jon Stewart's backtracking on his answers about voting and earlier comment about Harry Truman
"Throughout history, satirists have risked their liberty and even their lives using humor to engage in deep commentary about the reigning political system and its exalted political figures—they're called leaders, though surely better terms are rulers and misleaders. But no satirist risks his life or liberty in America today, which makes the scarcity of good satire so puzzling."