Cubist’s Corner: Opinion Piece on Jeremy Paxman/Russell Brand Interview


Cubist of Melbourne bass music crew Wobble gives his 2c on the Jeremy Paxman interview with Russell Brand. Haarp Media also invite other heads in the Melbourne massiv to state their opinions as writers too!

I am a fan of Mr. Brand’s compassionate and witty criticism towards conservative drug attitudes and religious zealots. Although, his recent Jeremy Paxman interview has me questioning Mr. Brand’s influential, sometimes messianic, social brand.  Robert Webb wrote an article criticising Mr. Brand in The Huffington Post, telling him to ‘Read some fu*king Orwell’.  This isn’t the most broad reaching criticism and could come across a tad snobbish, if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Orwell yourself.

If you didn’t see the Paxman interview, basically, Mr. Brand wants a revolution – don’t vote, don’t make profit and tax heavily those making profit – these seem to be his policies.  He also reminds us he was a drug addict (if you hadn’t heard), thanks for reminding us Russell, yet again.

Let’s start one by one.  Cited as influencing the Arab Spring, amongst other movements, Gene Sharpe’s book From Dictatorship to Democracy outlines a dialectic blueprint for implementing social and political change. A goal, game plan and a game plan once you reach your goal is compulsory. Mr. Brand admits he hasn’t worked it all out. His revolution towards a socialist, egalitarian system has reminded me to read some Karl Marx, but that’s about it.

Calling for people not to vote is a good one. The modern western world has suffered innumerably for 2000 plus years, through the misery of tribalism, monarchies, aristocracies, kleptocracies, dictatorships and many other ‘cies ‘ships and ‘isms, to arrive at our most peaceful, altruistic state to date: democracy. Our standing ability to vote is upon the bodies and minds of billions of corpses, victims of war and genocide, perpetrated by the hands of evil. As Eva Cox said, we should never take democracy for granted.

As a teenager I can’t remember if I fully resonated with Horace Andy when he sings ‘Money, money money, root of all evil…’ I used to sing along and still do. The sinister motivations of religion and honour, which lay lurking in the shadows surrounding evil scream culpability, and money may in fact be more messiah than Brand.  In his opus work The Better Angels of Human Nature, Stephen Pinker points out in pre money societies, if someone desperately needed grain but only had vegetables, and their prospective trading partner didn’t need vegetables, plunder was an option. And murder was often the result.  The introduction of money into societies drastically reduced homicide rates. The free trade and commerce paradigm between individuals, and it’s proven reduction of homicide, translates similarly to states.

Finally, the difference between a rebel and a revolutionary is often described as the former being a bad bwoy, acting out against the powers that be, whereas the latter is motivated by and towards a specific, noble cause.  The struggle towards a better world for all is a noble endeavour. Nevertheless, a revolution by encouraging people not to vote or take part in capitalism may to some seem like a trip to Disneyland. And until we see or hear Mr. Brands open books, his revolution may be exactly that.

Written by Cubist.


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