I just read a good humoured but frustrating interview with Russell Brand by Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times. Every time Kellaway quotes anything Brand says, she follows up by calling it nonsense and saying she is baffled. This is a fairly common strategy in response to Brand, whose ideas draw a lot on spiritual thinking that is widely derided in the UK, whether its coming from the lips of Russell Brand or the Pope.
But is it nonsense? Does it baffle you? This are the words that baffled Lucy Kellaway, after she had asked if he thought much about capitalism.
“I find it hard to understand. It obfuscates truth and I think an economic ideology is oppositional to the spiritual ideologies that are what we need to adopt if we’re to save our planet and humankind. Capitalism, the economic arm of the individualism and materialism ideologies that keep us framed in a narrow bandwidth of consciousness, prevents us from seeing that we’re all connected.”
Are you baffled? I feel slightly awkward in saying that I’m not, as so many other people are. Brand’s words make total sense to me. As does his statement that “The economy is just a metaphorical device, it’s not real. That’s why it’s got the word con in it.” That’s basically Derrida boiled down to a one liner. Which is what you need to do with Derrida if you want anyone to understand. But how about you? Baffling? Or brilliant?
(Please don’t drop me a rant about Brand being a rich a*hole. No doubt he is, but that’s not the question.)