As an antidote to drooling over Russell Brand’s joust with Jeremy Paxman and his New Statesman Manifesto here is a riposte from two young activists in the USA.
They begin by saying:
As young organizers and radical thinkers, the question on our lips is: why is Brand getting so much attention, while we – the “disenfranchised underclass” – been saying this shit for years?
But the thing that stands out to us as particularly ridiculous is how corporate media is holding Brand up as a would-be revolutionary at a time when young people of color and women, queer kids, working class and poor youth are leading organizations that are building a robust movement across issues, strategies, and identities; a movement that is not looking to celebrities or elites for direction, but is informed from below.
Does anyone know of a similar reaction by young activists in the UK?