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Read Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions book reviews & author details and Revolution Recovery is the 12 steps, as translated by Russell Brand. download Revolution by Russell Brand (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Russell Brand's desire to lead a global revolution is undermined by his confused and smug; filled with references to books Brand has half.
I do also like that Brand acknowledges that there are people smarter than him and rather then take their ideas as his own. He quotes them and explains them. The parts of the book I did not like is the writing style, it is very disjointed.
He makes a good point, explains it well in laymans terms, but then he goes off in a tangent or a story then comes makes another point. It is like doing a job then running round the block to do the next bit. The other problem with the concept of the Revolution it's self.
He also preempts any categorization of himself as a Champagne socialist, referring to his chauffeur-driven Mercedes as "the anesthetic of privilege, the prison of comfort," and acknowledging that "now I am a tourist in poverty. Brand's narrative voice, insouciant and charmingly offensive in both Booky Wooks and various newspaper columns, is a real gift, and it appears only in glimpses here, being otherwise smothered by an invective of meaningless jargon so pompous and indecipherable that it induces headaches.
Which would be admirable, if the book was about anything other than adding another colorful feather to the magnificent plumage of Brand's ego. Revolution, if nothing else, is a rambling illustration of the grandiosity that fame enables.
It meanders in stream-of-consciousness style from statistics about inequality to quotes from Brand's friends to unwieldy analyses of the modern world to stories about the time the author was in the back of a limousine with Tom Cruise. In chapters 18 and 19, Brand introduces first Noam Chomsky, then his friend Daniel, whom Brand quotes at insufferable length while he's tripping on hallucinogens in a wigwam in Utah Daniel, not Chomsky.
He then sets up a chapter about economist du jour Thomas Piketty "He came round my house the other day , before ignoring Piketty altogether and going back to Daniel, whose vision of the future is the closest Revolution comes to espousing a concrete philosophy: We can accomplish this Revolution through a collective movement of civil society that supersedes the current structure of nationstate governments and the corporate military-industrial complex.
The transition is from a paradigm of competition and domination to one of symbiosis and cooperation, from greed to altruism.
It begins with the realization of our shared responsibility for the future of the earth, and our inherent unity with each other and with all of life. This is by no means the most indecipherable excerpt. I could review it as a contribution to political theory with my best anarchist activist hat on. That would be incredibly po-faced and, fundamentally, missing the point.
So I will review it for what it is, a work of autobiography that aims to get various ideas — most of which are libertarian in essence — across to those who know Brand via his stand-up and forays into TV and films i. This should come as no surprise to those who have seen him in stand-up — he does an amusing line of self-centred but somewhat self-depreciating humour which is reflected in this book.
The self-sacrificing dour-faced moralism of much of the left has never been that appealing — as can be seen from its steady decline. The first thing to stress is that Brand has found God spiritualism may be a better word. This makes some of the book hard going, for me at least. Then there are the enthusiastic assertions about the power of transcendental meditation, which again I found unconvincing.
Much of the book describes his new found spiritualism and his belief in the interconnectedness of all life. I think most anarchists will not be too interested in this aspect of the book but, then, we are not the audience it is aimed at. So what of his analysis and alternative?
I think it is fair to say that most people will not be expecting Russell Brand to produce a work of deep political thought. These are basic anarchist ideas and they are reaching a bigger audience, which can only be good. This is a refreshing message and it is good that he is using his fame to push ideas we take for granted out of the libertarian movement into wider society. He is stressing the need for direct action as well community activism, and that is a good thing. He is urging the replacement of capitalism with co-operatives, the end of wage-labour by associated labour, creating a decentralised system which empowers people to manage their own lives, communities, workplaces and, ultimately, world.
Is Revolution confused? No: but potentially they are — and they are more correct than many on the left. Overall his message is quite reformist and hardly utopian — if we ignore the spiritualism aspects and his claims for it — replacing corporations with co-operatives, decentralising power, etc.
So why the backlash? You do not say things like that in polite society. He touched a nerve and as he cannot be refuted he must be demonised.
From an anarchist point of view, he has raised the notion that not voting is not apathy but can be conscious political act which shows disdain for a corrupt system as well as saying that this is not the only system possible.
So if he gets even a few of his readers interested in the people he summarises — Chomsky, Graeber, Orwell — or gets them reading about anarchist ideas or active in direct action community and workplace groups then all for the best.
Much was made of this, with some proclaiming Brand a hypocrite. Personally, I was not surprised for he actually did not proclaim a principled opposition to voting but rather that the current parties did not deserve his vote.