RGTyler: I Agree With Russell Brand!

I agree with Russell Brand… Not something I ever thought I would write. After all the man drives me insane. Especially when he plays politics. His Question Time appearances drive me up the wall. I recall one time he appeared demanding that all housing be controlled by the state and given to the poor. In effect undoing 400 years of property rights and reforms, taking us back to a feudal system in which we are given land by the state.

However this time I agree with him on something. The other night he appeared on Newsnight trying to advocate a Socialist Revolution to shake up the Westminster establishment. Well okay so I don’t agree with him on the Socialist bit but I do agree with him on the Revolution and shaking up the Westminster establishment bit.

He is right about how the Westminster establishment is out of touch however I would say there are a few who still have a finger on the pulse of the nation… I’ll let you guess which ones.

My answer would be to have democratic, Free Market revolution like the one that Ron Paul advocated. In which we pitch Classical Liberals, Radical Whigs and Libertarians up against the statists in Parliament. And then once inside we can undo 100 years of socialist reforms and welfare nation building that has been left for us like dog turd in a flaming paper bag by the Social Democratic political establishment.

We can give markets the freedom to work properly again and give people back their individual rights and responsibilities. Restablish a sense of civic duty in which people pick up litter because they care about how their neighbourhood looks rather than paying some jobsworth on the council payroll to do it. Or alternatively the neighbourhood could band together and pay for it themselves instead. Or how about people being able to judge for themselves what’s safe or unsafe to use. Why should the state tell people what they can and can’t eat, drink, smoke, watch, read etc?!

“But Who Will Build the Roads?!” Once again our old friend the market can step in and decide what is financially viable and what isn’t when it comes to our infrastructure. It is a relatively recent notion that our government should build and maintain our infrastructure. As I have said before, all through the industrial revolution infrastructure was run by companies or private individuals.

Its obviously the right way to go. Let the market work in its fluid and organic way rather than treat it like a machine that needs fixing. Markets are free creatures as the ‘Artimes’ insurance adverts have taught us oh and scholars like Milton Friedman and F A Hayek.

So what do you say Comrades? Free Market, Democratic revolution or that other thing that Russell Brand and Owen Jones seem to go on about like apparatchiks?

11 comments on “RGTyler: I Agree With Russell Brand!

  1. mikebravo
    October 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I’m with you but can we send Brand to the Gulag?

  2. The Blond Pond
    October 25, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I wonder if the people who grew up with no concept of civic responsibility can survive in a society without the babysitter state though…how do we change that, dear Maximilien?

  3. Rocco
    October 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    But without government, who would provide … and the… not to mention … And what about all the …who’d provide them with… and … ?

    Without government we wouldn’t have any … would we? Because of.. and…

    How could we be sure that… if not for government. It’s obvious that… simply because…!

    Honestly, you libertarians with your wacky ideas.

    • RGTyler
      October 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      And the winner of best comment on any of my blogs ever is…

      • Rocco
        October 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm #


  4. Simon Roberts
    October 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    I loathe that man so much I can’t even bring myself to play that video.

    • RGTyler
      October 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      I felt the same… Took me two attempts to finally watch the thing all the way through.

      • Simon Roberts
        October 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

        I just tried to watch on YouTube but within the first two minutes he had:

        1/ Attributed drug abuse to poverty.
        2/ Blamed democracy for poverty.
        3 /Argued that voting supports corporations – creating poverty.

        I’m not generally in favour of capital punishment but he is as good an arguemnt for it as I have seen.

  5. Anthem
    October 26, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Must admit that I’ve only just watched the interview and I also found myself agreeing with a lot of what he was saying about “the system” generally.

    Obviously, I disagree totally with his actual politics and “solutions”, though.

  6. Richard Johnston
    October 27, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    What about the kiddies? Why should the state tell people what they can and can’t get their kids to drink, smoke, watch, read, etc? What about when social workers take kids away from parents, how does that fit?

    • RGTyler
      October 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Charity my Friend. As it was before the Welfare State. Charities should be able to protect children from abusive parents etc. Not to mention foster families.

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