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ऽ search Format Kindle ↔ Revolution  ॡ Kindle By Russell Brand প ऽ search Format Kindle ↔ Revolution ॡ Kindle By Russell Brand প 9781101882917 excerptBrand REVOLUTION1Heroes JourneyThe first betrayal is in the name Lakeside, the giant shopping center, a mall to Americans, and maul is right, because these citadels of global brands are not tender lovers, it is not a consensual caress, its a maul.After a slow, seductive drum roll of propaganda beaten out in already yellowing local rags, Lakeside shopping center landed in the defunct chalk pits of Grays, where I grew up, like a UFO.A magnificent cathedral of glass and steel, adjacent, as the name suggests, to a lake There was as yet no lake The lake was, of course, man made The name Lakeside, a humdrum tick tock hymn to mundanity and nature, required the manufacture of the lake its name implied, just to make sense of itself.For me, though, as a teenager, this was no time for semantic pedantry but one of inexplicable rapture I couldnt wait for Lakeside to descend, to make sense of the as yet empty lake, to fill my life as surely as theyd fill that lake, to occupy my mind as surely as theyd occupy that barren land I couldnt wait to go to Lakeside The fact that I had no money was no obstacle to my excitement at the oncoming Mardi Gras of consumerism Lakeside seemed like the answer, thats for sure, but what was the question What kind of void can there be in the life of a thirteen year old boy that requires a shopping center to fill it Why would a lad growing up in Essex in the eighties have a yearning to shop that would be a probable endowment of one the gals from Sex and the City Joseph Campbell, the cultural anthropologist who Ill be banging on about a lot in this book, said, If you want to understand whats most important to a society, dont examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings In medieval societies, the biggest buildings were its churches and palaces using Campbells method, we can assume these were feudal cultures that revered their leaders and worshipped God In modern Western cities, the biggest buildings are the banksbloody great towers that dominate the docklandsand the shopping centers, which architecturally ape the cathedrals theyve replaced domes, spires, eerie celestial calm, fountains for fonts, food courts for pews If you were to ask the developers of Lakeside or any shopping center what they are offering consumers formerly known as people theyd say, Its all under one roofgreat, a ceiling, and, importantly, choice Choice is the key Apparently, then, what excited me as a bulimic Smiths fan and onanist was the possibility of choice, and for anybody to be stimulated by the idea of choice, the precondition must be a lack of choice Which is a way of saying a lack of power, a lack of freedom.Im not inferring that we need to revert to a medieval culture, by the way, all bubonic and snaggletoothed with shabbily bandaged hands, chewing on a turnip, genuflecting in a ditch as a baron sweeps by on horseback If weve learned anything from Blackadder, its that history was a shit hole.What I believe is that were only just beginning to understand the incredible capacity of human beings, that we can become something unrecognizable, that we can have true freedom, not some tantalizing emblem forever out of reach Not weary compromise and nagging fear.I used to believe in the system that I was born into aspire, acquire, consume, get famous and glamorous, get high and mighty, get paid and laid I saw what was being offered in wipe clean magazines and silver screens, and I signed up I wanted choice, freedom, power, sex, and drugs, and Ive used them and theyve used me.Why would you be satisfied with the scraps of fame and fortune, of sex and distraction asked a fellow recovering drunk that I was chatting to in New Orleans He was well tannedin an overly literal way, the way leather is tannedhis skin coarse and lined, his beard gripped his face like a furry fist His shirt had faded stains and rings, like coffee cup marks on an old map He looked like a man who had lived, whod had long nights and fistfights, but his eyes were as clear as his words.Money, famethose are the crumbs, he said, brushing the words away with his thick forearm I want to be at the banquet At this last he looked up and smiled Then he strolled off with brutish majesty to do volunteer work with the plentiful New Orleans homeless In retrospect, his departure was melodramatic, like a grass in a police drama swanning off after a midnight subterranean confab with his cop handler, maybe grinding out a fag, then leavingwhy dont they ever say, Well, I better be off, then toodle oo, like normal people The most positive thing about being a drug addict is that it calcifies your disillusion someone else, also a drunkIm starting to think I spend too much time listening to these lushessaid to me, Drugs and alcohol are not our problem, reality is our problem drugs and alcohol are our solution to that problem Thats a very smart way of putting it.The same impulse that made Lakeside seem a good idea to me also made heroin seem like a good idea That might seem like a radical corollary to offer, but it isnt When I was a kid in Grays I was aware of an emptiness, a sadness, a nameless sense of disconnection, so when it was suggested by a local paper, a local politician, a mayor or whatever, that Lakeside might be the answer, I suppose I thought, Yes, Lakeside might be the answer Given that I subsequently went on to become addicted to anything that could be cooked, snorted, or swallowed, it seems Lakesides palliative qualities were at best limited Perhaps Im an extreme case But isnt that all addiction really is, an extreme case Arent we all, in one way or another, trying to find a solution to the problem of reality If I get this job, this girl, this guy, these shoes If I pass this exam, eat this pizza, drink this booze, go on this holiday Learn karate, learn yoga If West Ham stay up, if my dick stays up, if I get likes on Facebook, fancy cookbooks, a better kitchen, cure this itchin, if she stops bitching.Isnt there always some kind of condition to contentment Isnt it always placed in the future, wrapped up in some object, either physical or ideological I know for me it is, and as an addict that always leads me to excess and then to trouble.Do you feel like that Are you looking for something Its not just me, is it Do you sometimes feel afraid, self conscious, lonely, not good enough I mean, youre reading this, so you must want to change something.Dont leave me out on a limb, all vulnerable and exposed Are you reading this on a yacht, through your Ray Bans with, I dunno, a pair of glistening Russian sisters and a gob oozing with lobster juice as the sun shines down on you and the sisters smile up at you And even if you are, especially if you are, is it working Behind the salty tang and priapic pang, is it real, is it real, is it like God is holding your hand I mean, Ive tried decadence too I lived in a Hollywood mansion, I went to the Oscars, I hosted big dos.In 2002, at two weeks clean, in a Bury St Edmunds BB on Christmas Eve, watching TV, perched on a single bed with my mum, both of us with the glum cordiality of an AE waiting roomshell shocked smiles and no hopeif some twinkling superficial fairy had flown in and said, Youll be taking your mum to the Oscars in a few years, dont worry, Id obviouslyve been surprised I mean, a fairy , but what wouldve been incomprehensible to me wouldve been the veracious addition from the ethereal intruder that Oh, by the way, youll both find the Oscars fucking boring.Lakeside is a local parish Hollywood is the Vatican I wondered how the other parishioners had fared when I went back to Grays recently I wondered whether Lakeside had delivered for the people I grew up with, the people I left behind, the people I was running from I wondered if they got their choice, freedom and opportunity.I fare dodged my way out of Grays on the Fenchurch Street train, which primarily transports commuting city workers from Essex to the City of London Stopping at Chafford Hundredthe new estate they built opposite the street where I grew upPurfleet, Lakeside, Rainham, Dagenham Dock, Barking, and Limehouse Id hide in the toilet under my gelled quiff, with my own Out of Order sign on the door, a cross between Del Boy and Matt Goss, puffing skunk, counting stops.Now I glide in the back of Micks Mercedes Mick would be my driver if I employed possessive determiners before people and if he exhibited a modicum of professionalism Instead, he is my mate, who drives me It is still, of course, in reality a long way from where I am fromchild of a single mum, on benefits, drug addictedas we journey down the A13 past the disused Ford factory where my nans husband, Bert, worked, past the marshes where there was talk of building Euro Disney I was naturally devastated when they went for Paris insteadI mean, fucking Paris Walt must be spinning in his grave, or cryogenic chamber, or wherever the hell it is they keep his brilliant Nazi corpse.The reason for this trip down memory laneor memory pain as I tend to call it, because my past is soaked in misery and rejection it rejected me, then I rejected itis that my schoolfriend Sam asked me to open a Mind shop Mind is the a mental health charity that he works for, and I, with my history of mental illness, plus the fact that hes a mate and the irresistible pun open your Mind shop , man, feel its worth risking a visit to the scene of the crime The crime of being born, which is the manner I regarded my birth as a troubled and troubling adolescent.Grays wasnt great when I grew up, but a lot of that mightve been because I was looking at it from inside my head and I reckon I couldve been reared in Tuscany and rendered it a tragedy, the way my nut operated I had a tendency for misery What Grays is and wasand as the name suggests, aside from my self aggrandizing melancholyis a normal town You could say a normal, suburban, Essex town you could say a normal British town, or a normal northern European town, or even a normal town in a secular, Western democracy.When I was a kid, that meant the town center, where I was due to open your Mind, man, had a market, chain stores, and local businesses People did their shopping there, hung outyou know, normal stuff When I disembarked from my tinted capsule of privilege, I was shocked to see how much Grays has changed I mean, were not describing the sacking of Rome here, not the desecration of the sacred treasures of a glorious city state, it was always a bit of a dump, but the chain stores were gone, the local businesses were gone, and the market had shut down.Now there were pound shops, betting shops, charity shops, and off licenses The people of the town Id left twenty years ago were different More of them were drunk of them were visibly undernourished than that, though, I could feel that there was a despondency among the fifty or so folk assembled with listless anticipation around the barrier outside the Mind shop.The callous among you might say that was as a result of my impending visit, you swines, but it wasnt that Something had been taken from them, and I could feel its absence More shocking though than this sad deterioration is that Grays, this lesser, depleted Grays with its food banks, Wonga loans, and escalating addiction problem, is still normal.This is happening everywhere The richest 1 percent of British people have as much as the poorest 55 percent Some people like me were in the 55 percent and are now in the 1 percent, but, mostly, normal people are getting poorer Globally its worse Oxfam say a bus with the eighty five richest people in the world on it would contain wealth than the collective assets of half the earths populationthats three and a half billion people.Though I cant imagine theyd be getting on a bus with that kind of money or be hanging out together, I bet thered be a lot of tension, jealousy, and petty bickering on that bus My corporation is bigger than your corporation.Yeah Ive got my own media network YEAH Ive got an elite organization that controls global politics.Stop this bus I want to return to my subaquatic palace with my half fish brides and sing a song about the supremacy of marine life.The last example might be from the Disney film The Little Mermaid Walts frozen noggin is definitely on that bus.In America, a country that, lets face it, has really run with this whole capitalism thing, the six heirs to the Walmart fortune have wealth than the poorest 30 percent of Americans Theres six of them They cant even form a football team, how are they going to stop a revolution when we act on the unfairness of that statistic Unless the entire system is rigged to maneuver wealth to an elite group of people, then ensure that it remains there.What you just read is crazy Insane Unbelievable but true As real as your hands that are holding this book Kindle tablet intra neural brain hologram, if its really far in the future , that information is as real as the breath that you are inhaling.Six people whose dad was good at supermarkets have money than hundreds of millions of struggling Americans A bus full of plutocrats, royals, and oligarchs have as much money as every refugee, war child, and potbellied, rough sleeping person on the planet.You can hear that is crazy, you can see that its wrong, you feel that this is beyond disturbing Were told theres nothing we can do about it, that this is the way things are Naturally, of course, that verdict emanates from the elite institutions, organizations, and individuals that benefit from things being the way they are.More important, perhaps, than this galling inequality is the fact that we have a limited amount of time to resolve it The same interests that benefit from thisfor brevity Im going to say systemneed, in order to maintain it, to deplete the earths resources so rapidly, violently, and irresponsibly that our planets ability to support human life is being threatened This is also pretty fucked up.I mean, if someone said they had a socio economic system that creates a hugely wealthy elite at the cost of everyone else but it was ecologically sound, wed tell them to fuck off What weve got is one that is systematically inflating the wealth of the elite, rapidly suffocating everybody else, and its destroying the planet that we all live on I know you already know this I know We all know But its so absurdpsychopathic, in factthat we obviously need to reiterate it.These elites, these loonies on the diamond encrusted fun bus, they live on the planet with us, theyre basically the same as us So theyre in trouble toounless this bus is equipped for space travel and they plan to wait until the earth is a scorched husk, then blast off to a moon base.As I perused the new shelves bearing secondhand goods in a charity shop in the run down town where Im from, I thought about this stuff The hymen ribbon that Im supposed to cut is slung unsliced across the door The volunteers have half empty glasses of supermarch champagne, collectively willing it to be a good day.Two uncomfortable certainties, though, loiter like bailiffs manacling the bonhomie 1 taking care of mentally ill people is not the job of a charity but the state and 2 this charity shop isnt going to fucking work anyway We already have charity shops One of the few areas in which we are well catered for is charity shops theyre cropping up everywhere, like zombies rising from the graves of the dead proper shops.We keep our chins up as we plod through the ritual scissors come out, applause, people bowl in, mill about, pick up a tragic jumper, weigh up a porcelain duchess in the palm of the hand A councillor says something, a mentally ill person on the long road to sanity says something, I say somethingIm a few paces further down the road.A church fete type lady rosily thrusts a pair of womens jeans at me Thesell do for you, Russell I buy them and we laugh Really, though, Id like to scratch the record off, to rake the needle across the grooves and say, What the fuck are we all doing What gravity is this that holds us down, who installed this low, suffocating sky I get that feeling a lot, like I want to peer round the corner of reality, to scratch the record off, to say I know theres something else, I know it.I know this isnt the best use of our time here There is a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in, sang Leonard Cohen You can see it just behind reality, there is a light, you can feel it Just behind your thoughts there is a silence He knew the answer was there, thats why he became a Buddhist and fucked off to live in them mountains Either that or it was because his management nicked all his money.I was particularly attuned to these ideas whilst frolicking in indigenous poverty because I was guest editing a British political magazine called the New Statesman Theyd asked me what the theme of the issue would be Revolution, I said So Jemima Khan, who is the editor, pulled together a variety of journalists, philosophers, and activists to contribute on aspects of the subject Naomi Kleins article described an ecological conference where the requirement for radical action was spelled out.Brad Werner, a complex systems researcher which sounds like a job that would be hard to monitor for a supervisorOy, Werner, are you researching that complex system or are you dickin around on your phone speaking at last years American Geophysical Union which surely must use pornography on the invitation to have any hope of luring trade , said that our planet is fucked He researched our complex systemthe earth, I suppose, is a complex systemand concluded that we, the people who live on it, are fucked Im not even joking His lecture was titled Is Earth Fucked so the American Geophysical Union isnt as square as its name implies They do swear words and everything.What Brad Werner said, though, is that the capitalist system is so rapacious in its consumption of earths resources and the measures that have thus far been imposed so ineffectual, that the only hope we have of saving the planet is for action to come from outside of the system.They are not going to do anything to prevent ecological meltdown it contravenes their ideology, so change has to be imposed from the outside.That means by us All that Kyoto stuffreduce carbon emissions by x by year yis not worth a wank in a windsock Its a bullshit gesture, the equivalent of the salad they sell in McDonalds Too little, too late.Its like giving Fred West a detention.We know we cant trust these fuckers to behave properly Look at the tobacco industry They knew they were killing their customers for decades before they coughed up the carcinogenic truth theyd be blagging us to this day if they thought they could get away with it.You can bet well go on a similar journey with mobile phones That hot tingle in your ear is not a sign that all is hunky dory on the lughole front.James Lovelock, the bloke who came up with Gaia theory, that the earth is one symbiotic, interrelated organism where harmonious life forms support or regulate each other, says we shouldnt bother with recycling, wind turbines, and Priuses Its all a lot of bollocks, he saysnot literally, though he mightve if hed been at that crazy, hang loose festival of cursing, the American Geophysical Union.Now, I dont reckon Lovelock is saying sit back and enjoy the apocalypse, I think hes saying we require radical action fast and that radical action will not come from the very interests that created and benefit from things being the way they are The one place we cannot look for change is to the occupants of the bejeweled bus They are the problem, we are the solution, so we have to look inside ourselves.I left Grays in luxury this time, climbing back into the cradle of Micks car A Mercedes The anesthetic of privilege, the prison of comfort People want departing photographs and autographs, scraps, crumbs A bloke around my age, clutching a baton of super strength cider, puts his arm round me I used to drink White Lightning I am mugged by his breath as our eyes momentarily meet I shut the door on my past and the present.I was a little winded by what Id seen Going back to the place where you are from is always fraught, memories scattered like broken glass on every pavement, be careful where you tread I meditated, feeling a little guilty that I have the space to.A space for peace, to which everyone is entitled.Its alright for you in the back of a car that Hitler used to ride in, I imagined that drunk bloke saying Id have to point out that it wasnt literally Hitlers car, that would be a spooky heirloom, but it is all right for me I do have a life where I can make time to meditate, eat well, do yoga, exercise, reflect, relax Thats what money buys you Is it possible for everyone to have that life Is it possible for anyone to be happy when such rudimentary things are exclusive They tell you that you ought eat five fruit and veg a day, then seven I read somewhere once that you should eat as much as ten, face in a trough all day long, chowing on kale.The way these conclusions are reached is that scientists look at a huge batch of data and observe the correlation between the consumption of fruit and veg and longevity.They then conclude that you, as an individual, should eat fruit and veg The onus is on you you are responsible for what you eat.Of course, other conclusions could be drawn from this data The same people that live these long lives and eat all this fruit and veg are also, in the main, wealthy they have good jobs, regular holidays, exercise, and avoid the incessant stress of poverty Another, truthful, frightening conclusion we could reach then is that we should have a society where the resources enjoyed by the fruit gobbling elite are shared around and the privileges, including the fruit and veg, enjoyed by everybody.With this conclusion the obligation is not on you as an individual to obediently skip down to Waitrose and buy celery, it is on you as a member of society to fight for a fairer system where people have access to resources.Jemima Khan calls I think its really interesting that youve never voted, she says You should definitely write about that in your article I agree, as is to become the custom Also, you should talk about that tomorrow when you do Newsnight with Paxman Once I consent.The idea that voting is pointless, democracy a faade, and that no one is representing ordinary people is resonant than ever as I leave my ordinary town behind Amidst the guilt and anger I feel in the back of the Fhrer mobile, there is hope Whilst its clear that on an individual, communal, and global level that radical change is necessary, I feel a powerful, transcendent optimism I know change is possible, I know there is an alternative, because I live a completely different life to the one I was born with I also know that the solution is not fame or money or any transient adornment of the individual The only revolution that can really change the world is the one in your own consciousness, and mine has already begun.NATIONAL BESTSELLERWe all know the system isnt working Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told theres nothing we can do Its just the way things are In this book, Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, a vision for a fairer, sexier society thats fun and inclusive You have been lied to, told theres no alternative, no choice, and that you dont deserve any better Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts This book makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun. Revolution Definition of Revolution by Merriam Webster revolution and revolt have a shared origin, both ultimately going back to the Latin revolvere revolve, roll When first appeared in English th century, it referred movement celestial body orbit that sense was extended progressive motion around an axis, completion course, other senses Define at Dictionary definition, overthrow or repudiation thorough replacement established government political system people governed See TV series Wikipedia is American post apocalyptic science fiction television ran from September , until May cancelled NBC The show takes place near future year years after start worldwide, permanent electrical power blackout Created Eric Kripke produced JJ Abrams Bad Robot NBC From executive Producer Abrams, focuses on struggle survive global Read recaps find photos for Cats Dogs Free Shipping PetMeds SAVE PetMeds, America s Largest Pet Pharmacy topical flea medication available cats dogs shipping backed definition Usage We use words rotation verbs revolve rotate indicate cyclic patternsWe talk crop refer successive planting different crops same land, revolving door turning about central pivot In everyday speech are often used as synonyms, but they not synonyms Watch Episodes our partners cookies this site improve service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, remember website preferences The Beatles YouTube Oct directed Michael Lindsay Hogg, filmed Twickenham Film Studios Don t you know gonna be all right You can out pre Series Full Cast Crew IMDb cast crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers RevolutionEHR Your session locked This usually caused when RevolutionEHR has been another tab window browser Our Story Revolution Our invests ideas change world mission build disruptive, innovative companies offer choice, convenience, control Celebrating Machine with Heartbeat register your interest latest collaboration bell ross el mirage dusty REVOLUTION Control Fleas Cats, Prevent Heartworms Cats REVOLUTION selamectin safely protects against fleas, heartworms, roundworms Toxocara cati hookworms Ancylostoma tubaeforme ear mites author three adult novels, Tea Rose, Winter Wild well young novels These Shallow Graves, Revolution, A Northern Light, winner Britain prestigious Carnegie Medal, LA Times Book Prize Young Adult Literature, L Printz Honor Award She lives writes full time upstate New YorkRussell Brand Russell born June Grays, Essex, England, son Barbara Elizabeth Nichols Ronald Henry Brand, photographer Official Site award winning comedian, writer, actor presenter He one most recognisable best loved comedy performers world, sold tours, selling DVDs number major film roles his name Edward actor, radio host, author, activist After beginning career stand up comedian later becoming MTV presenter, achieved renown host Big rustyrockets Twitter Tweets My book Recovery Freedom Addictions PAPERBACK month get via link below Home Facebook Daily Self Care Routine K Is Gut More Powerful Than Brain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu According To Rotten Tomatoes Celebrity Profile Check photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums blogs Tomatoes Actor, Writer, Comedian Biography famous controversial comments stunts, past struggles addiction short lived marriage singer Katy Perry Born trewrussellbrand Instagram videos k Followers, Following Posts videos my channel where we together, unravel matrix modern media reveal gleaming reality beyond connecting us each through p Podcasts new podcast Under Skin asks what beneath surface admire, define time, history told Revolution

 

    • Revolution
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    • 12 December 2016

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