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Russell Brand, Lloyd Dobler, and Finding Your Inner Dorothy

rs_634x833-131016135028-634-newstatesman-russell-brand.ls.101613_copyWhile watching Russell Brand’s BBC interview, it is not hard to imagine two families in Middle America, neighbors, watching separately in the comfort of their own homes as Russell Brand does his bit and each nod in lonely agreement. “Yes!”, they are likely to say- “this Russell Brand fellow is right.” But family A has to work hard at a job they are made to feel they are lucky to have buying something, selling something, or processing something when, like their inner Lloyd Dobler, they don’t want to buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, they don’t want to do that.

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2 Responses to “Russell Brand, Lloyd Dobler, and Finding Your Inner Dorothy”

  1. Mike

    Trainor says at one point the wealthy oligarchs don’t believe in self-sacrifice for the greater good. The wealthy are exploiting the workers in the factories and department stores and the restaurants. The wealthy oligarchs are quite simply stealing half the value the workers create. It is a basic equitable principle that profits should be divided between the capitalists and labor. Equitably proportioning the division of profits isn’t self-sacrafice, it is a standard bar of fairness that is not being met.

    So if a thief does not break into your home and rob you blind, that would be characterized as “self-sacrice.”? If a mass murderer passes your home and doesn’t kill you, would that be self-sacrifice on the part of the ax-murderer? No, “saying that the wealthy oligarchs don’t believe in self-sacrifice for the greater good” is sugar coating it. The wealthy oligarchs have never even considered dividing profits equitably between the capitalists and labor. Why should they? Their fore-fathers exploited workers, and workers can be exploited or the can die. So why should wealthy oligarchs even consider equitably sharing profits with labor, if you won’t be create a profit for an owner, there are plenty of starving people who will.

    Employment in most modern corporations is pure exploitation, and sharing the profits with the workers who create the profits is just reasonable and economically sustainable. Most capitalists are purely thieves of human lives and are fouling their own nest. Saying a thief or a murderer who doesn’t rob you or kill you is exhibiting “self-sacrifice” obfuscates the true situation. Those holding all the chips and demanding the masses create more profits for them, or else face death and starvation, is not meeting the basic bar of fairness, it is not shying away from self-sacrfice, it is blatantly continuing the capitalist tradition of stealing profits from the workers and the actual lives of the workers.

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