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Viva la revolución!
I had the unfortunate experience of watching Russell Brand own Jeremy Paxman a few days back on Newsnight… Now the video has gone viral, with posts on Facebook exclaiming, ‘this is the truth’.
Well, it isn’t and it makes my blood boil that some fucked up actor who’s short on work and feels the need to spread this anti-capitalist crap has so far had little opposition. It’s a shame Paxman wasn’t on true form, otherwise he would’ve revealed Brand as the idiot that he is. So, I feel obliged to go through this interview and come up with the responses Paxman should’ve. Here goes…
‘ 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.’
Aside from the fact that he feels the need to use large words to cover up the vagueness of his statements, it’s unclear what exactly the ‘paradigm’ is. If it’s the system at large, then he almost certainly gains his authority from a system in which the ‘media’ is narrow in it’s focus and serves a few producers, publishers and celebrities, of which he is a beneficiary.
If he is speaking about our parliamentary democracy, then this really makes me angry. To imply that parliamentary democracy is of no service to humanity, is down right disgusting. If he feels so strongly at how useless it is at serving ‘the people’ why doesn’t he leave the UK, where parliamentary sovereignty and a tradition of civil liberties afford him the right to rant, and go live in China, North Korea or Iran. I’m sure there ‘paradigms’ are much more open and will serve ‘humanity’, unlike our own.
‘…Alternate political systems’
Paxman – Those being?’
‘Well I’ve not invented it yet’
Hail the revolution! Screw democracy – who needs 400 years of parliamentary sovereignty and a strong tradition of freedom, when we can have a vague system based on the ranting’s of an emotional and angry actor stating of how shit the world is?
Brand to Paxman- ‘are you saying there is no alternative?’ (after a rant at how awful the world is)
Well, no, however given you don’t describe the alterative it makes the task of trying to compare them like nailing a jelly to a wall. In addition, given we have some of the highest standards of living in the world, wholesale reform/revolution without any detail isn’t a fantastic proposition.
‘I was busy being a drug addict because I come from the social conditions that are exacerbated by an indifferent system that administrates on the behalf of large corporations’
This happens to be bollocks by simple analysis. If it’s true that this ‘class’ of people who are so inherently exploited are the apathetic ‘majority’ he so dearly cares about, why is the majority of the nation not hooked on heroin? Alternately, you could explain his drug addiction though personal responsibility, but Brand hates the concept, he would prefer to collectivise the blame so his conscious can take a free ride on everyone else’s poor decision making.
Paxman ‘what will the revolution be like?
‘I’ll tell you what it won’t be like …’
Translation = I don’t have a clue, I’m just an angry actor raging because the world isn’t perfect.
(But hold on to your hats viewers, here come some specifics)
‘I believe In a socialist egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation on corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment. The very concept of profit should be greatly reduced, Cameron says profit isn’t a dirty word, I say profit is a filthy word because wherever there is profit there is deficit’
I’ll be honest and say I don’t’ quite understand his last line. but luckily for me this is all crap anyway. What is profit? It is the reward for creating something that someone else is willing to purchase at a price which exceeds the cost of producing it. Putting it simply, it is creating value. The profit motive is the essence of what drives companies to become efficient, it’s what encourages investment, it’s what raises living standards in the long run. Our own industrialisation and movement away from near starvation is based on the ‘evil’ profit motive, on creating value and wealth. If Brand despises profit so much, why does he not abandon his wealth to the poor and go live as a monk? Because, he, like each one of us, is inherently selfish. However, I, unlike Brand, am quite happy with that.
‘There are people with alternative ideas that are far better qualified than I am, and far better qualified more importantly, than the people who that are currently doing that job’
Care to mention any? Of course not, that would make critical analysis possible, and who needs critical analysis in a socialist utopia.
And to some it all up:
‘aint you bored?’
Well, no, given I’m not insanely wealthy like yourself and don’t have days on end to ponder how ‘disenfranchised’ I am. If simply being bored with the political class is now a genuine reason for a call to revolution then humanity is officially fucked.
In conclusion, Russell makes a very heart-warming plea to the injustice we all feel that we are not getting rich as fast as our parent’s generation did or that some members of our society are incredibly rich.
Fair enough for being able to point out the problem, but not setting out any solution other than a vague ‘revolution’ has as much worth as a condom machine in the Vatican. The world isn’t perfect, it’s quite miserable on reflection – but if the competition is for the shiniest shit, the current situation outshines Brand’s elusive and vague utopia tenfold.
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