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Did a Revolution start Last Night with Russell Brand?

On last night’s edition of the BBC’s Newsnight (Oct 26, 2013), viewers may have witnessed the start of one revolution.

Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night

The revolution itself may not be televised.

Actor/comedian/Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesmans just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.

“I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Russell responded. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”

And with that, the first shots of Russell’s revolutionary interview were fired.

Over the course of the following 10-or-so minutes, Brand and Paxo volleyed back and forth over subjects ranging from political apathy, to corporate greed, to gorgeous beards.

Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.

After Brand reminded Paxman that he cried after learning that his grandma too had been “fucked over” by aristocrats, the Newsnight host was stunned into silence.

“If we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn’t we?” Brand crescendo.

“Why is that naive? Why is that not my right because I’m an ‘actor’? I’ve taken the right. I don’t need the right from you. I don’t need the right from anybody. I’m taking it.”

[H/T: Reddit, video via BBC Newsnight]

Note 1: Henry Flocken (Giniwgiizhig) in “An Analysis of Traditional Ojibwe Civil Chief Leadership” wrote:
 “Chief leadership lies nested in the Anishinaabe Constitution. It is clan-based and value-based. It includes all of creation. Leadership is emergent and symbolic. Chiefs symbolized and are spokespersons for the will of the people.
Chiefs were selected based on their virtues. The real power is in the people, in clans in council. Hunting groups had spokesmen in clans. Chiefs were chosen from the clan …headmen in council. Larger area councils selected a chief from the chief-council. This system is spiritual, holistic, consensual, and egalitarian. It empowers the people.
Colonial oppression has transformed what was a bottom-up structure to a Western top-down structure often filled with nepotism, favoritism, and corrupt and coercive leadership. Coupled with historic trauma, this engenders self-oppression and social dysfunction.”
Note 2: Pierce et al., 2001 wrote:
“The investment of the self comes in many forms, including investment of one’s time: ideas; skills; and physical, psychological, and intellectual energies. As a result, the individual may begin to feel that the target of ownership flows from the self.
The more individuals invest themselves into a target, the stronger their psychological ownership for that target will be.” (p.302).




June 2023

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