Ideas to Change the World

These are meant to serve as “life-changing” keys for a revolution. All taken from the book Revolution, by Russell Brand. These are originally ideas from Helena Norberg-Hodge, on which Brand expands in his book. It has quickly become one of my favorite books so I just wanted to share some of Russell’s and/or other people’s ideas (whom he borrowed from) in it.

  1. Rein in the power of big business by renegotiating trade treaties to insist that multination corporations be place-based and accountable to nation states; revoking the charters of any corporation with revenues larger than the smallest national GNP; scrapping the WTO and creating a WEO (World Environment Organization); controlling the private funding of political campaigns.

As long as the rules remain as they are, rich organizations will get richer and poor people will get poorer.

2. Re-localize food and farming by taxing food miles; removing subsidies and research for large-scale, capital- and energy-intensive agriculture; giving support to small, diversified organic production and to the growing number of young people who want to take up farming.

America, for example, exports the same amount of beef as it imports each year, If you must have beef, and I would suggest we’re eating too much of it, at least eat the beef that’s near you rather than sending that off to Japan or whatever while simultaneously getting some far-flung beef chopped up and whizzed over on a jumbo jet like Freddie Mercury prolonging a holiday romance. . . . One, global warming and, two, depletion of fossil fuels. Everyone knows that, so why is profligate and dangerous planetwide trade system being perpetuated? Because we are living under a fundamentalist dogma, the only relevant question is: “How do we make the most money?” The answer to that is: “By abiding superfluous trade tariffs” (69)

Helena goes so far as saying that there are apples that are grown in Britain, flown to South Africa to be cleaned and waxed and then flown back here to be sold and eaten. Isn’t that an absolute waste of resources, it seems?

3. Prioritize life over profit by rejecting GNP in favor of indicators that measure biodiversity, community coherence, personal well-being, and other life-affirming criteria; radically reducing public spending on “defense”; granting legal rights t ecosystems and nonhuman species; rewriting educational curricula to meet community and environmental needs rather than the needs of industry.

I wish these have inspired something in you. I wish to share more from this book in the near future.