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  •  You don't know much about Paxman if you (19+ / 0-)

    can put him in a class with Gregory. Paxman is an arrogant asshole but he won't hesitate to ask very very tough of questions of politicians of any political stripe.

    •  And that underlines the relevance of this video. (25+ / 0-)

      Because there is simultaneously another diary on the Wreck List right now, one that is degrading President Obama because of all the awful things he's done.  As one commentator in that diary thread wisely pointed out, presidents don't really have all that power over a number of fields, although they have much more in the last 80 years than they historically did. The same people who are whining in here that Brand is too radical are the same ones who are whining about what a politician (the President) are doing.

      I would suggest that Brand is more right than not, and that Paxman represents a worldview where politicians have to matter (his paycheck).  Brand is saying that politicians can only affect incremental change within a narrow window that might address some things but does not stop

      1) the destruction of the planet
      2) the creation of a large underclass
      3) expense for many to the benefit of the few.

      Ergo, many people don't vote because that isn't being addressed.

      If you agree with Brand that the current two-party system can't really deliver on those things (it's true) then getting bent out of shape at Obama is really counterproductive.  What you would need to do is reform those systems so that they serve the people, not appeal to a system that filters power through a select few (John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Barack Obama).

      Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

      by Nulwee on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:08:22 AM PDT

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    •  Paxman is an arrogant asshole- (8+ / 0-)
      but he won't hesitate to ask very very tough of questions of politicians of any political stripe.
      And Brand powerfully shows, that in their form of party politics, all Jerremy has done is support status quo; and the piss poor results of that specific status quo-

      And the interview is a harbinger for what is also true here in America; that both political stripes in varying degrees are so entrenched with money and power and greed as to support a paradigm of people for money; not Money for People, which is as it should be and hasn't, in varying degrees, been that way for the ages of societies immediately known to all within mankind-

      Andso here we are; in 2013; with the apparent energy of structured extremes ( Globally the 1% in hypnoticall suggestive corporate media; gov't; banking; militarism; energy, etc) in a direct tug of war with expansive emotions (People impacted by structured extremes including brietbart; rip types who favor structured extremes, and Kos types that naturally oppose) and the only outlet IS eccentric assertiveness and Russel Brand provides ample energy for the masses globally to seek a natural outlet of eccentric assertiveness in droves, toward creative change without destructive revolution (revolutions in thinking of beliefs and what truly "is" vs old fashioned, devolution tainted civil WAR)

      Kos blog, and others prior are present day and were fledgling past forms of a slice of that very eccentric assertiveness energy I write about; just a weakling and a sprout form in 1997, then, moving fwd after 2001, the political strength derived from the eccentric assertiveness is indeed formidable n o w; so much so the form has earned the badge of "Professional Left" from the Rox group that really fears the downfall of their particular structured extreme(s) forms they are fighting tooth and nail to keep sacrosanct, and every phuckin day more Americans rise and realize what is being kept sacrosanct isn't social security by a long drone shot, that is for sure-

      So expect more eccentric assertiveness (snowden-greenwald energy) from everyone impacted by the structured extremers, until the natural tug-of-war energy is dissipated, and those that still remain expansively emotional will perish, and the one's who choose positive change laden, eccentric assertiveness will prosper; count on it-

      :♥)

      Evidence that contradicts the ruling belief system is held to extraordinary standards, while evidence that entrenches it is uncritically accepted. -Carl Sagan

      by RF on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 09:18:33 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed. Paxman asked some (3+ / 0-)
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      reasonable good questions, especially about voting and revolution.  He's operating a few IQ points above the typical American blow-dried media bot.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 10:39:23 AM PDT

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      •  His IQ wasn't showing here (8+ / 0-)

        Paxman reminded me of silly mainstream reporters in the 1960s who asked John Lennon why he wore his hair long and why he hated Jesus and why Beatles' music had to be so loud.  

        They later asked who he was to question the Nixon administration and war and American capitalism.  They too called him a revolutionary.

        Sad, in a way, to think that things haven't changed that much.

        The only upside is that I know there are young people who are rolling their eyes at how out of touch Paxman is, and an older group of people who remember rolling their eyes at people just like him.

        Fox's Brian Kilmeade on Starbucks' decision to ban guns in stores: "Real simple - if you have a gun, go to Dunkin Donuts."

        by NCJan on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 11:46:25 AM PDT

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