When I first saw Russell Brand‘s book Revolution, I figured it was simply another book about a rich celebrity telling everyone else how to live their life… and it kinda was that.
I’ve never been a fan of Brand because his style of comedy and rise to stardom was built on the baser instincts of life. This book first attempts to claim that is all behind him. Yes, he has stopped drinking, stopped drugs and stopped womanizing… and that is why I continued with the book. Next, he assures the reader that he believes in God and distrusts the government… I am with him so far.
Just as Noam Chomsky (whom he admittedly steals much of the book from) offers a brilliant case of what is wrong with society, America, government, imbalance of power and wealth… Brand doesn’t offer any real solutions.
Okay, he does offer some steps to correct these situations but they are sophomoric at best and pretty ignorant overall. We are supposed to take over all the businesses and share the work and results evenly – sounds like very basic communism to me. The problem is that those companies – those people in charge – are not going to just say, “uh, okay… I guess if you all really want it, we will walk away.” It is naive when Brand claims this can and should be accomplished without violence.
This is the same hypocrite who preaches on the evils of profit while copying the Ron Paul version of Revolution and THEN COPYRIGHTING IT!.
Yeah, he actually copyrighted the logo he stole and to this date hasn’t seen fit to share his wealth with the less fortunate.
The only real power we have (in my opinion) is in local elections and that is the things he is adamantly against – voting. His stance is based on it being a charade that we have any real power in elections. Because of this, he not only doesn’t vote but recommends nobody else does either.
If you asked a 5th grader how to fix some of these complex issues, it is likely he would come up with something better.
He does have some good comic lines in the book as he slips in “asides” throughout. These make the book entertaining. In the end though, this is a rich celebrity with a Messiah complex calling for a totally ridiculous revolution based on erroneous and misquoted facts… or he is just evil and selling us a bill of goods?
by Chris Doelle