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Why does Hollywood hate the very system that allows directors like Oliver Stone to pal around with the likes of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez? Reason.tv investigates!

A movie about the legal battles surrounding Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" starring James Franco opens this weekend. Reason.tv takes a look at the legendary beat poet and cultural provocateur's enduring anti-authoritarian legacy.

TV, radio, and Internet personality Adam Carolla takes aim at drug prohibition, nanny state pols, and LA traffic in this wide-ranging, hilarious, and foul-mouthed interview with Reason.tv.  

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  1. OK you got Allen Ginsbeg, but what about Ralph?

  2. Was’t Ginsberg an anti-capitalist?

    1. You don’t have to understand economics to be a great poet. A great poet he was, not such a great economist.

      1. The best minds of his generation were in the engineering department inventing the fucking internet.

        He was not a great poet he was Doom-Sayer who ended up being wrong just like every other doom-sayer has been since the golden age of Athens..

        “Oh i hang with junkies and the insane…that makes me deep” Fuck Ginsberg. He is a fucking idiot.

  3. Certainly Ralph wasn’t.

  4. Ach! I just Googled and it’s Ralph Ginzburg, not Ginsberg.

  5. RE: Ginsberg

    Why would I possibly care one way or another about what a poet (or musician or any artist) writes?

    1. Even if you personally do not consume these products they do influence the general culture. The general culture impacts you whether you like it or not.

      How people percieve the world impacts how people vote.

      1. This guy has to be joking. He’s basically saying “Why should I give a shit about what writers write?”.

        Unless he is that ignorant.

        1. It’s hard to argue against the assertion that the chattering classes are overpopulated. We need more people of action, frankly. For every one of them, it seems there are ten who do nothing else but tell the one what he should be doing.

          1. “We need more people of action, frankly.”

            You mean like Charlemagne?

          2. You know who gave up being an artist to become a man of action?

            Hitler, yeah that’s who.

          3. It’s hard to argue against the assertion that the chattering classes are overpopulated.

            Says some dude commenting on a blog.

  6. O’Donnell: Evolution is a Myth.

    Christine O’Donnell, the gift that keeps on giving!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..39131.html

    1. Too bad the guy who answered her also knew jack shit.

      Humans didn’t evolve from monkeys, they evolved from an ancestor that monkeys also evolved from. God, if you are going to defend evolution at least know what it is.

      1. If they were around now, you’d consider them monkeys.

        1. NO, we would consider them apes, not monkeys.

          1. Yes, I’m sure she was objecting to that distinction only.

    2. O’Donnell is not running for science teacher.

      1. Thank God for that…

    3. I didn’t WTFV, but that’s a pretty common view among Christians that I’ve met. Including a young woman who was a classmate in a college geology program! Yes, she was a geology major who believed the Earth is 6,000 years old.

  7. _______________________________

    Our economy is slowly dying, your job, lifestyle are dominated by anxiety.

    The economy is kept alive artificially.

    No one is proposing a solution because no one has the slightest idea of why it is happening and many have vested interest in the present system.

    However an objective observation of the phenomenon can help us understand it and provide us with an innovative solution.

    Of course we can’t solve the problem with the tools that brought us there in the first place and we need a new ideology.

    _______________________________

    – Do you feel that your ideology pushed you to make decisions that you wish you had not made?

    – Well, remember that what an ideology is, is a conceptual framework with the way people deal with reality. Everyone has one. You have to — to exist, you need an ideology. The question is whether it is accurate or not. And what I’m saying to you is, yes, I found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is, but I’ve been very distressed by that fact.

    – You found a flaw in the reality…(!!!???)

    – Flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.

    – In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working?

    – That is — precisely. No, that’s precisely the reason I was shocked, because I had been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.

    _______________________________

    In order to alleviate those economic woes wee need to create, as fast as possible, a new credit free currency that will solve the credit crunch and bring incremental jobs, consumption and investments to the present system.

    An Innovative Credit Free, Free Market, Post Crash Economy

    A Tract on Monetary Reform

    It is urgent if we want to limit social, political and military chaos.

    _______________________________

    Is the fulfilment of these ideas a visionary hope? Have they insufficient roots in the motives which govern the evolution of political society? Are the interests which they will thwart stronger and more obvious than those which they will serve?

    I do not attempt an answer in this place. It would need a volume of a different character from this one to indicate even in outline the practical measures in which they might be gradually clothed. But if the ideas are correct ? an hypothesis on which the author himself must necessarily base what he writes ? it would be a mistake, I predict, to dispute their potency over a period of time. At the present moment people are unusually expectant of a more fundamental diagnosis; more particularly ready to receive it; eager to try it out, if it should be even plausible.

    But apart from this contemporary mood, the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

    Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

    Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval; for in the field of economic and political philosophy there are not many who are influenced by new theories after they are twenty-five or thirty years of age, so that the ideas which civil servants and politicians and even agitators apply to current events are not likely to be the newest. But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.

    _______________________________

    Credit Free Economy
    More Jobs, No Debt, No Fear.
    Prosperous, Fair and Stable.

    _______________________________

  8. This is the first, and likely last time, my city will be mentioned on reason. I feel the need to point this out and relish in the notoriety, however brief.

    1. You live in Hollywood?

  9. Ginsburg? Seriously?
    The last thing we need are more idiotic anti-capitalist hippies.

  10. Adam Corolla seems wasted.

  11. Why would I possibly care one way or another about what a poet (or musician or any artist) writes?

    Hell yes, stay ignorant, uninformed and uninterested. That’s GOP charter.

  12. Wall Street wasn’t anti-capitalist, it was anti-corporate. Why does the right keep pretending that supporting free-markets requires looking the other way when corporations collude with politicians to manipulate markets in their favor?

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