Saturday, October 25, 2014

Russell Brand is approaching Demagogue Status

▶ Ottawa Killings: Who Wins? Russell Brand The Trews (E174) - YouTube

I admire a lot of what Russell Brand stands for, his compassion for all people, the willingness to hear people of counterviews, and his wide lexicon.

Unfortunately, there is evidence of his conversion from a concerned thoughtful citizen into a demagogue.  His personality and need for attention are starting to get the better of him.

A demagogue /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from French "demagogue", derived in turn from the Greek "demos" = people/folk and the verb "ago" = carry/manipulate thus "people's manipulator") or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the lower classes in order to gain power and promote political motives.

In the video above  he takes a template assumption - that the Canadian Conservative government is trying to steal liberties using the shootings / car assaults as the excuse.  He points out there is no proof that the crimes were radicalization-related.  He makes the comparison to other incidents that were used to justify the government-industry "hegemony" encroaching your civil liberties.

Except it's not what he thinks.  And he provides no proof to back up his claims.

 There is no rapid escalation in surveillance, sure they are rushing changes to make this particular case less likely.  But there are two opposition parties that are not going to rubber stamp an extreme legislation.  And what Russell gets wrong ("Canadians hate Stephen Harper") is that there is an election next year and Harper wants to get elected.  He knows any controversial laws will make his reelection less likely.  So there is no evidence he will risk his career on more controversy.  As Russell says, lots of Canadians hate Harper.  So why would he take the risk? On the other hand, an armed intruder got into Parliament.  Shouldn't the government do its job and review its security plan and crack down?

What Russell missed in his rush to judgment was this person was trying to get a passport and leave for Libya which is a Muslim battleground as much as Syria.  He made statements hating Canadian soldiers for war crimes overseas. And he was kicked out of a mosque for bad behaviour.  Even Muslims didn't want this guy around. Why does Russell Brand think we are claiming Zehaf-Bibeau is just another Muslim?

Russell didn't check his facts.  Muslims are forbidden from drugs use.   Zehaf-Bibeau used $160 per day heroin and crack cocaine.  So he wasn't really a Muslim was he, Russell?  Did you check that before you concluded what happened?

Gunman prepared video prior to Ottawa attack.  In fact, police have found a video. From that report:

In a statement released Sunday evening, RCMP said they have identified “persuasive evidence” that show Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s attack was “driven by ideological and political motives.”

So wrong again Russell, you didn't know what you were talking about.

While Zehaf-Bibeau was mentally ill, he was a pawn of the caliphate. He thought he could make an impression wasting his life based on a call to kill infidels from caliphate (

No this wasn't a Muslim attack, this was a mentally-ill jihadi encouraged by the people that are in fact raping and killing, beheading infidels, exterminating religious minorities inside the Islamic State.  Does Russell Brand want to side with the caliphate?

Russell Brand, slow down the popularity train to make sure you know what you are talking about.  You are starting to sound like the anti-Fox News.  That doesn't sound very Trew-sy.