Emily told me to watch this.
If you have an interest in politics/economics/inequality etc, please watch it. I find myself slightly shocked at recommending a clip with a narcissistic smart mouth being interviewed by someone who uses cynicism like a rapier.
But watch it anyway.
Someone is shaking the tree. The video has gone viral- young people are revolting (if only by clicking the ‘share’ button.)Questions are being asked again about injustice, the operation of power, the distracting divisive effect of the media.The Occupy movement is heard of again in the mainstream media- I worried that it had been blown away like an electronic leaf in a cyber storm of ephemerality.
And perhaps most of all, a voice is speaking for the next generation – my kids – about the possibility of change. No, the NECESSITY of change. I fear that these voices have been silent, overwhelmed by consumerism and the chasing after product; be that a physical thing or a commoditised experience.
Where is the connection to action? What is the vehicle for change? What are the dangerous ideas that will inspire?
The only idea Brand seems to have is this one- do not vote. It is a waste of time.
He may be right- but what do we do instead then?
I hope and pray that my kids might start to find some real alternatives. That they might come to believe that a different world is possible.
Watching Brand and Paxman is like engaging in a conversation between myself and my daughter (in fact it resulted in just that.) Paxman and I failed; after our radicalism, things got worse. Thatcher skewed us ever further into a credit fueled consumerism. The world became more unequal, power more concentrated in the hands of the rich.
We might cast cynical glances at the ideas of the next generation, but it will be their world soon, if it is not already.