Russell Brand: “A movement for the people, by the people, in the service of the land”

Media Lens has drawn attention to Russell Brand’s address at the recent GQ Men of the Year awards ceremony, from which he was ejected after cracking a joke about sponsor Hugo Boss. His comment article later included these reflections:

If you can’t criticise Hugo Boss at the GQ awards because they own the event, do you think it is significant that energy companies donate to the Tory party? Will that affect government policy?

Will the relationships that “politician of the year” Boris Johnson has with City bankers – he took many more meetings with them than public servants in his first term as mayor – influence the way he runs our capital?

Is it any wonder that Amazon, Vodafone and Starbucks avoid paying tax when they enjoy such cosy relationships with members of our government?

From the Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, which may be watched here:

russell brand on newsnight

  •  I don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm, which is quite narrow and only serves a few people, I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.
  • I am not not voting out of apathy, I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations.
  • (His revolution’s achievement won’t result in) a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited underserved underclass being continually ignored, where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to continue the right of bankers receiving bonuses.

As editor of a recent issue of the New Statesman he added:

  • I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites. Billy Connolly said: “Don’t vote, it encourages them,” and, “The desire to be a politician should bar you for life from ever being one.”
  • The London riots in 2011 . . . were by that very definition political. These young people have been accidentally marketed to their whole lives without the economic means to participate in the carnival.
  • Apathy is a rational reaction to a system that no longer represents, hears or addresses the vast majority of people. A system that is apathetic, in fact, to the needs of the people it was designed to serve.
  • The right has all the advantages, just as the devil has all the best tunes. Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our desire and self-interest; they neatly nurture and then harvest the inherent and incubating individualism.
  • Our materialistic consumer culture relentlessly stimulates our desire. Our media ceaselessly engages our fear.
  • The two extremes are absolutely interdependent. The price of privilege is poverty. David Cameron said in his conference speech that profit is “not a dirty word”. Profit is the most profane word we have. In its pursuit we have forgotten that while individual interests are being met, we as a whole are being annihilated. The reality, when not fragmented through the corrupting lens of elitism, is we are all on one planet.
  • We are far from apathetic, we are far from impotent. I take great courage from the groaning effort required to keep us down, the institutions that have to be fastidiously kept in place to maintain this duplicitous order. Propaganda, police, media, lies.
  • The apathy is in fact a transmission problem, when we are given the correct information in an engaging fashion, we will stir.
  • I don’t mind giving up some of my baubles and balderdash for a genuinely fair system, so can we create one?
  • Self-preservation and the survival of the planet. This is a better idea than the sustenance of an elite.
  • The only systems we can afford to employ are those that rationally serve the planet first, then all humanity.

Now there is an opportunity for the left to return to its vital, virile, vigorous origins. A movement for the people, by the people, in the service of the land.

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Posted on October 27, 2013, in Banking and finance, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Media, Party funding, Revolving door, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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