In defence of "Russell Brand's Revolution"


The above video represents a comedian who is clearly drawing on a zeitgeist which this blog has been advocating for a while now.

A full transcript exists here:

For the last twelve months I've been pushing the idea, in one form or another, that there is a revolution coming in this country and the wider world. There are only a few details I think Brand needs during this interview to make it a near perfect addition to what us Discordians call operation mindfuck.


There are core similarities between what he's saying and what a number of other fringe thinkers advocate. Firstly, he doesn't vote. This is crucial. Voting for our system contributes to the problem, it doesn't help fix it. This is not an absolute rule, it's always possible the system may be reformed and we the people of Britain may be given a realistic set of choices. But, as things stand now we're disenfranchised by the pathetic mealy mouthed halfwits who claim to be our leaders.
JEREMY PAXMAN: No I’m not saying that. I’m saying if you can’t be arsed to vote, why should we be arsed to listen to your political point of view?
RUSSELL BRAND: You don’t have to listen to my political point of view. But it’s not that I’m 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 now, and which has now reached fever pitch, where we have a disenfranchised, disillusioned despondent underclass that are not being represented by that political system. So voting for it is tacit complicity with that system. And that’s not something I’m offering up.
JEREMY PAXMAN: Well why don’t you change it then?
RUSSELL BRAND: I’m trying to.
JEREMY PAXMAN: Well why don’t you start by voting?
RUSSELL BRAND: I don’t think it works. People have voted already, and that’s what’s created the current paradigm.
In the UK at least, it's highly likely that the reason for this is that we do not elect our Head of State. We elect a Government who then swear alliegence to and act on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. This is why I constantly refer in this blog to them collectively as Her Majesty's Government. Obviously this is a simplification of the situation but it focuses the mind on the reason why voting in this country is not worthwhile. The Queen, as the head of the British establishment, represents the common forces which drive politicians to do other than they have been told to by the voters. It's not a Government of the people by the people, it is a Government formed by the British establishment and it is they who have the final say. This is why voting is pointless, they're not interested in your thoughts anyway.

If anyone is confused about this fact please ask any of the people I know who voted for the Liberal Democrats if they really expected to see a Conservative-led Government? Ask them how their strategy of ignoring what people like me are saying and voting to please the likes of Paxman is working out for them?

To clarify: the issue is not about The Queen as a person, it is about what she and her unelected family's rule represents. The rule and power of the establishment over the people.
RUSSELL BRAND: A minute ago you were having a go at me because I want a revolution. Now I’m trivial.
JEREMY PAXMAN: I’m not having a go at you because you want a revolution. Many people want a revolution. But I’m asking you what it would be like.
This is a key point.

A paradigm is a way of thinking. Russell in this interview bemoans the current paradigm and earlier admits he hasn't got a clue what his revolution will look like, "I haven't invented it yet, I was busy being a drug addict". He should stick to that honest answer. Our current way of thinking is problematic and arises from our perspective of the world at the moment. It's unlikely our current way of thinking will answer the problems that will emerge in the future.

What is happening at the moment is new ways of thinking are emerging and finding large audiences without the aid of the state licensed broadcast media. We are in the middle of a huge unprecedented global awakening. This change in human consciousness has long been expected and is often described as an "apocalypse". That word actually means "the revealing" and few would argue we do not currently live in very revealing times, thanks to the internet.

In other words as I write, a far wider number of perspectives are being offered by the internet to everyone on the planet. This "revolution" enchanted by the likes of Russell's key influencers such as David Icke, Bill Hicks, Terrence McKenna and the rest, is one which will occur within the minds of the people. It will not be something that is imposed upon them. It is known as The Revolution in The Head and I advocate it strongly here:
The revolution in the head, the only kind of revolution that is effective. This is more likely now than ever before if you combine our right to free speech with the fact each of us has access to a global communications system. The world’s Governments are no longer in the same position, we are now more powerful collectively than ever before and ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. Thus the truly revolutionary path becomes: sort yourself out, communicate with others and change for the better becomes inevitable.
I’m serious when I claim my status as a proud “coffee shop” revolutionary, I can’t stress how crucial the idea is becoming to my belief system, a revolution of any kind is useless unless it involves people changing the way in which they think. That’s why American foreign policy fails (in terms of its stated aim) to spread democracy and instead we end up with Presidents blabbering on about winning “hearts and minds” as their soldiers drown in the ensuing bloodbath. In a similar vein this is also why violent revolutions tend to leave behind dictators who have the unenviable task of trying to indoctrinate everyone into accepting their particular reality tunnel as the only possible point of view.
This brings us to the crucial difference between education and indoctrination. The former teaches you how to think where the latter tells you what to think. For example, indoctrination is practiced most obviously in mathematics when it comes to learning your times tables, you memorise them by saying them over and over again. You only stop once they are part of your reality tunnel and 6×6 appears to so obviously be 36 that you can stop thinking about it. It’s apt that many people do not appreciate the difference between this and an education which also teaches you how to think and why we believe 6×6 is 36. You can often spot beliefs enforced by indoctrination rather than education if, when you ask someone why they think something, they get annoyed or irritated rather than give you a reasoned answer. Rote learning clearly supports a number of our society’s establishment-serving points of view but the ability to think clearly supports us and will inevitably improve society. The establishment do not want an educated public capable of self actualisation. They want idiots as slaves, not adults. The net allows for everyone to try different ideas out and learn which suits their needs and nation best. The most important tool you require to use it efficiently with is the ability to think for yourself.
In other words, everyone's "revolution" will be unique and come from within themselves. The need Paxman has to make it prescriptive and one-size-fits-all is a trap that previous generations have fallen into and seems always to result in people being pushed about and told what to do.

As soon as you attach labels to your point of view, as Brand does at points in this interview, all they become is price tags for the establishment:
"Oh, he want's socialism? Thank God, we've done that one before. I reckon we can use this guy to put up taxation."
"Oh, he's one of those eco-warriors? Great, lets get him to trick the masses into higher taxation."
"Oh, thank God, he's a communist, we can handle this one with a few more taxes."

This piece was written in a bit of a rush so minor corrections may become necessary over time.

PS In the unlikely event Brand reads this I offer only encouragement. You seem far more sincere that I ever imagined and I apologise for being a bit mean about you on Kerrang Radio years ago.



John Paul Fitch said…
Good work, Nick.

The past few days I've heard nothing but a backlash from journalists etc, some labelling Russell as "dangerous" for possibly being so influential that some young people may "listen to him". Some accuse him of having childlike politics and for talking about the problems of the political world, but not presenting any solutions. What do they want? Rusty to rock up with a 400 page manifesto on how to deconstruct the political system of the western world?

Russell said something that a lot of people have been thinking for a long time, this writer included. A change is needed and may indeed come via the revolution that Russell speaks of - however it should be a revolution of the mind, of the heart, of the people. Only this way will true change occur.

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