Come on, people say. Doesn’t the guy have a point? He’s a working class lad from Essex — aren’t you all being a bit snobbish? Surely being a socialite of the MTV age doesn’t disqualify you from having an opinion, any more than being a binman does. So Brand’s wealthy and famous. So what. Maybe a lot of what he says is stupid, but his heart’s in the right place. The choice between Brand’s mashup of trickster myths and Chomsky quotes, and the machine politician who repeats speeches generated by committee, is not an appealing one. And in truth you can see why people get sick of differing variants of establishment authoritarian politics.
Max Dunbar reviews Russell Brand‘s Revolution.