There’s just so much in this 51 minutes I hardly know where to start. Great interview with Mort Sahl on KPFA from 1970. This Montreal-born “social satirist” and pioneer in modern stand-up comedy winds up becoming a sworn deputy on Jim Garrison’s team investigating the assassination of JFK. To really enjoy, it helps to know a little about the assassinations, but not the details. In the interview, he gives us a bird’s eye view of those three world-changing assassinations, and what the truth behind them meant for the future of the United States and the world at the time. He saw then what hardly anyone around him cared to see. And here we are now, pretty much where he thought we would be. And he’s lived to tell the tale – he’ll be 90 in May.
They talk about other things going on at the time as well – Vietnam, Nixon, “the warfare state”, CIA coups, CIA drug-running, owned journalists, poor journalists, Nazis, and liberals. He even has a huge dig at Bill Cosby: “Bill Cosby’s a fraud.”.
Love this part:
“Q: How are young people going to save the country?
A: First thing they’ve got to do is preserve their state of mind. They’ve got to be kept from being driven mad. Being driven mad is the paranoia that happened to your parents – Communism. Communism – they did that to us therefore we can burn up their village. In order to make you Nazis, which is not your heritage, they have to make you crazy first, which is what the Germans did to youth….So you’ve got to preserve your state of mind and not go nuts.”
They’ve been trying to make people crazy for a long time now. Seems to be working and getting worse, even as more and more are waking up. I guess on balance, they just have to make sure that 1/3 of the population are nuts, then make sure those crazies get their voices heard on “THE NEWS”, and then maybe another 1/3 goes crazy just listening to them. The other 1/3? Those people are sane, but they get called crazy.“