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Brand Anger: can we use it?

November 2, 2013 3:16 PM
By Tony Vickers

By now over 13 million people worldwide have seen the Paxman 'interview' of Russell Brand on Newsnight, which followed his guest editor-ship of New Statesman.

Friends in America and Australia saw before me! When Alanna Hartzok (the UN rep of the Georgist Movement) said I must watch it, I did. Yesterday the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) resolved to try and contact Brand to point out that our Movement contains what he calls "people with alternative ideas" that can help change the economic paradigm.

Tell us what you think CEJ should do if/when we make contact with Brand. Should he be taken seriously, when he strongly advocates that young people should never vote?! His "hope" is a revolution - and soon.

What his interview told me is that controlled but genuine anger is a powerful tool, which politicians in any political party that believes radical change is needed must use more than most of us do. There is so much in our world to be angry about - but so much also to fear from revolution.