Sorry to return to Russell Brand so soon after the last blog, but he was on Alan Carr’s talk show on the weekend, publicising his two books. We don’t have that kind of privilege, despite having a Doctor in the House, which was also a television comedy series from 1969/1970. That was when our greenYgreyvolution, based on evolution rather than revolution, started.
Russell Brand’s Narcissistic Chronology
I write that because Russell Brand seemed to be claiming his Revolution was working on Alan Carr, and people were now talking about the issues he discusses. Like they weren’t before! Like nobody was talking about corrupt politicians and the disgrace of rising social inequality before his book.
While we have done a little, others have been doing it as a living for years. Comedians like Mark Steel have been doing it for decades, and probably doing more investigative research in a year than Brand has done in a lifetime. As for politics, a union leader like Bob Crow has done more for the people than Brand will ever do; within the system fighting for everyday rights.
While Brand claims to be a man of the people he lives the celebrity millionaire life, spending half his time in Hollywood and sitting in a corporate box at the football. Dr. Marc Latham has struggled to write while working part-time in an everyday job, so that he can write with freedom and say what he wants.
He did say he was giving to charity from the books, and didn’t want to be a leader, but we think the best charity workers are those who do it on the quiet, and we think he obviously does think of himself as a leader, and a revolutionary visionary one at that, starting off a great movement that will make him the image of his generation, which is closer to Marc Latham’s generation than the young people he seems to be targeting.
Alan Carr did a good job in challenging Brand’s book, and said he didn’t like his Revolution basically; the use of Revolution as a title and sentences that are too long; but the interview was quite nice and entertaining, which is what we think Russell Brand should stick to: being a comedian, and hopefully a philanthropist.
Cyber Monday 2 for 1 Book Deal
Like the riots of 2011, Friday’s sales riots in stores around the country seemed to reflect Brand’s idea for Britain’s future: with more anarchic greedy capitalism than social caring anti-capitalism.
While we could be getting the good American traits of more conservation and general everyday friendliness, we seem to be getting more of the negative traits, such as uber-capitalism.
We love a bargain as much as anybody though, and that’s why we set the price of our books so low, meaning you can get both our fantasy ramble Werewolf of Oz and 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections for the same price as Brand’s Revolution on Amazon and Smashwords for other ereaders.
242 was self-published in 2012, so Brand is our disciple rather than the other way around; while watching one of Brand’s videos the second correspondence he read out was from someone calling himself Brand’s disciple!
And we blogged our work so that it was available to everybody before publishing, in line with the Anonymous-style ethos of free availability of information and ideas, rather than publishing it straight away for a high price.
Mirror Poem Reflections
Reflection 4 in 242 was as revolutionary as Brand’s book, and appeared on this site in March in a blog about Bob Crow and union class struggle. We’ll repeat it here, followed by the next Reflection in our serialisation, which is Reflection 34.
Reflection 34 mirrored 2010’s Folding Mirror poem Inside Out, which wrote about the contrasting self-image in our minds and society: how we are ourselves inside, but seen differently by other people, some positively and some negatively. While we can control how we see ourselves to a certain extent, we can’t control how we are perceived: which can lead to clashes, as people think they have the right to be seen a certain way, and have the freedom to judge others as they wish. Therefore, we all have a double duality in public: our inner and outer images, and forming either positive or negative judgements of others’ behaviour.
Hopefully these two reflections show our desire to help society and the individual a long time before Brand’s Revolution started!
Mirror Poem Reflections
The well-behaved British working class used to be known as ‘salt of the earth’ when they were compliant up to the 1950s, but not so much anymore.
Were things that different in history? I don’t know.
And have they changed that much? Well, elite corruption has been exposed more since the 1950s, making the workers less likely to trust and revere the upper classes; Thatcher decimated the working-class industries in the 1980s, destroying communities; and New Labour betrayed their traditional voters by squeezing them out of the workplace between high-earning elites and foreign workers willing to work for less.
So things have probably changed, but I don’t know how much, or if it is the main reason for there apparently being less ‘salt of the earth’.
People and societies vary in levels of individuality. Some people pride themselves on being independent, while others want to be in the middle of everything social. Whatever the levels of individuality, if people have been born into any kind of society, they are likely to have been shaped by it to a certain extent, and will be expected to abide by the rules of that society. People might rebel, or consider themselves more independent than others, but usually they do it within the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, and follow previous examples from within that society.