a) the cruelty of the way Political, economic and religious power as we know it behaves - war, poverty, misogyny, concentration of wealth.
b) the desire of ordinary folk who have empathy, intelligence and the energy to render Governance incapable of such cruelty, yet who feel totally excluded from so doing due to the current political systemic and institutionalised set-up.
We are excluded from policy decision making, we are excluded from adequate oversight, and our concerns raised, when harms are caused, are brushed aside.
In essence this is about Power Relationships of old being superseded by shared power with empathy based relationships at it's core as a future and necessary social and cultural trajectory.
You can download the full POWER INQUIRY REPORT in .pdf format from this web page. - it's a very inspiring document!
This should include proper resourcing so that committees can fulfil their remit effectively. The specialist committees in the Upper House should have the power to co-opt people from outside the legislature who have singular expertise, such as specialist scientists, or those who work directly in frontline services when considering complex areas of legislation or policy.
The fact that the voting system does not provide the ability to reject all the candidates - None of The Above - is problematic, as is the First Past the Post system.
I repeat it's about the move from older Power Relationships to sharing power at the grass roots, where empathy and connection can inform the decision making processes. Empathy and connection are actually common sense qualities to nurture for there can be no meaningful community without these..
Russell Brand was merely being honest.
Russell Brand is not the 'answer' and he knows it.
Of course he knows it, he's not stupid and he's not a megalomaniac.
He's a man who has seen through difficult experience some of the consequences of poverty, addiction and he is someone has thought about it in some depth.
And now he is speaking out against the hypocrisy.
As most of us do in our living rooms.