compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
THE opiate of the masses
NOT ONLY is this obvious in the presence of a celebrity culture that
embraces the banal and idiotic, but also in the prevailing discourses and
policies of a range of politicians and anti-public intellectuals who believe
that the legacy of the Enlightenment needs to be reversed.
From celebrity culture to phony public intellectuals to shallow politicians
there's an assault on rational thinking in the UK and throughout Europe
and seemingly in the supposed UNITED states of America ...
Since the late 1970s, there has been an intensification in the United States,
Canada and Europe of neoliberal modes of governance, ideology and
policies - a historical period in which the foundations for democratic public
spheres have been dismantled. Schools, public radio, the media and other
critical cultural apparatuses have been under siege, viewed as dangerous to
a market-driven society that considers critical thought, dialogue, and civic
engagement a threat to its basic values, ideologies, and structures of
power. This was the beginning of an historical era in which the discourse
of democracy, public values, and the common good came crashing to the
ground. Margaret Thatcher in Britain and soon after Ronald Reagan in the
United States - both hardline advocates of market fundamentalism -
announced that there was no such thing as society and that government
was the problem not the solution. Democracy and the political process
were all but sacrificed to the power of corporations and the emerging
financial service industries, just as hope was appropriated as an
advertisement for the whitewashed world, a culture whose capacity to
critique oppressive social practices was greatly diminished.
Large social movements fragmented into isolated pockets of
resistance mostly organised around a form of identity politics that
largely ignored a much-needed conversation about the attack on the
social and the broader issues affecting society such as ...
the growing inequality in wealth, health, power and income.
"The earth as a living system, by many, appears to be a terminal
patient on the way out and yet the reality is what we require is a
change of belief. Because with that change of belief we are then
able to feed a process of spontaneous remission. THIS GARDEN
can come back as fast as we can change our belief system."
Dr. Bruce H. Lipton - Biologist
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CELEBRITY has indeed BECOME the OPIATE of the MASSES - but as Impromptu has
commented in response to Jake Wallis Simons' Telegraph Blog ...
What I arrive at, once you've stripped away all this have-a-go-hippie's eye-twinkling, verbal
contortions, semi-digested Wikipedia soundbites and sixth-form precocity, is:
"we should be nicer to each other."
Can't argue with that, but how do we get to the promised land, oh guru? Suddenly all the
pseudo-intellectualism evaporates and we get: "Not my job to figure that out mate, I'm just
an ordinary bloke. Nice beard, btw." And perhaps some stuff about "vibes" and "evolving
consciousness", If he feels the mood is right for a bit of wafty mysticism.
My conclusion is that RB is really nothing much more than a hyperactive, above average pub bore.
One of those that everyone refers to behind their back, with some rolling of eyes, as "a character".
They usually have a certain charismatic draw and sometimes a bit of a way with the ladies too
(if that's the audience most of their act is aimed at).
Brunel commented ...
Russell Brand is a narcissistic 'piss-taker'. He gets invited onto talk shows and is given
the chance to broadcast so called political views to millions of people. He is having a laugh
at everyone's expense. If you believe him you are a fool, if you take him seriously or get angry
with him you are also a fool. Either way, he wins.