Let me make this quick: Not Impressed; What a Mess. Brand is basically just spouting reformulated commie drivel regurgitate…with the added spice of not doing another Chernobyl or any of the other many Soviet era environmental rapes—by magic aparently, i.e., falling to grasp that commie-style egalitarian impoverishment—such that nobody has much more than anyone else—because everyone hasn’t shit—is the root cause of environmental degradation in an industrialized setting.
Just take a look at 3rd world by-their-own-bootstraps industrial development and the disgraceful, rich-1st-world NIMBY reaction to it…because ‘I have mine; and fuck you!’ The cause? The same sort of business, economic, marketing, production, distribution and profit motivation that Brand exposes his utter ignorance of in this video—or, he just doesn’t care because he’s a rich left-wing magazine editor elite now, and fuck you just the same.
I suppose people wanted me to see it because I liked Brand’s dealing with the Morning Joe media sock puppets on MSNBC. That was about Entertainment, basic respect and how to handle a guest in your house in The English Way. And yep, though with quibbles, I got what he was mocking in that Hugo Boss Nazi Fashion Designer dustup and thought he explained himself rather well.
Or, perhaps, some thought I’d say “oh, he doesn’t vote and never has, so he must be right because I agree.”
So, if any of the foregoing is about right in how you may have thought I’d react to this, then let me gently disabuse you of your ignorance.
If what Brand says in this interview represents his true thinking, he’s about as bad as you can get as a true thinker, rather than just the next Jane or Joe-someone playing to envy because others have more than you do.
He doesn’t vote out of apathy and ineffectiveness. In other words, if you actually listen closely, voting is not working to: outlaw profit, massively tax companies, effect a social revolution whereby profit is a dirty word—thus insulting every family over 250 years that risked everything just get to the former “Land of the Free”—or basically outlaw any use of planet Earth resources, such that billions die.
Let me explicate an important distinction. I don’t vote. But it’s not because ‘it doesn’t work to dominate and limit you and your pursuit of life, happiness and prosperity better or more effectively’, as the eminently prosperous elite Brand seems to lament. I don’t vote because I don’t have a right to even a 1 in 300 millionth say in your own affairs!
Or, more simply stated: I wouldn’t do that to you! I may call you a cunt in comments, but I’m an avowed “sticks & stones” kinda guy, and my mommy taught me well.
Now, I’ve written those same words on this blog hundreds of times in some parts of something over 3,500 posts going back 10 years this November. Amazing how so many still, simply don’t get my message as intended. This is, evidently, hard work.
I’m not a left anarchist. I’m not an anarcho-syndicalist. I’m not a commie (and there is a rich history of so-called left anarchists essentially being commies). I’m not a right-anarchist, not an anarcho-capitalist; not even a libertarian anarchist, or even a market anarchist.
My anarchism is more Swannian, to coin a phrase. That is, it’s egoist and inward looking, as opposed to being outward looking, forever worrying about others, their actions, values, motivations, and how society generally orders. The latter is really still all about domination and imposition, all geared around various market schemes of exclusion…or you get fucked. Get fucked? Oh, there’s no voting, but you do get to pay your private defense agency and take your offender to court, then pay your defenders to execute on your judgment…in opposition to your opponent’s defense force he pays to protect and execute for him.
Took me a long time to realize that this is not a lot different than the fascism (government-big corporate alliance) in which we already live. The important similarities are far greater than the insignificant differences.
My formulation is perhaps a bit different than Greg Swann’s, but I think the important similarities are far greater than insignificant differences. Anarchy begins at home. And, you already do this and operate like this in great measure. You don’t really need to learn any new tricks. You just keep focussing on yourself (guiltlessly); which includes your passions; which includes everyone you love: family, friends, colleagues, associates, those you contract with to mutual benefit.
What you stop doing is worrying about others as though something abhorrent they do really affects you, because you saw it on TEEVEE, on the NEWZEZ.
This will take you 18 minutes, but it might change your perspective. My AHS12 presentation, Paleo Epistemology and Sociology, alternatively titled Anarchy Begins at Home.
After giving an hour version of the same talk at The 21 Convention, I did up a 9-Part Series than begins here.
…Thanks to everyone who sent me that Brand video, even if it perhaps didn’t come out as you expected. I understand that disappointment; and so please don’t take this as rebuke. Take it as something you inspired me to blog about and hopefully get to meaningful dialog where everyone benefits.
You may have noticed that this blog isn’t like so very many of the other “Paleo-ish” blogs now, those with a daily Baked Paleo Sweets Treat crafted by pathetic whores so you’ll buy and keep buying.
…But that’s a subject for another day.