There is an alternative, however. It is possible that Brand’s agenda, persona, and recent activity has been part of a meticulously crafted satirical commentary on personality cults, narcissism, the vacuity of politics, the ease of manipulating angry masses, the arbitrariness of ideology, hypocrisy, power, and everything that is degenerate about society, the media, celebrity, young people, and, especially, the radical left.
This theory would explain Brand’s shocking ignorance of history, political theory, economics, and current affairs. It would also account for his bizarre resurrection of Castro apologism, not to mention his flirtations with conspiracies. His cartoonish equation of the Age of Aquarius with progressive politics can be reinterpreted as a cutting remark about the vacuity of fashionable non-conformism and radicalism. And, his utilisation of attention, manufactured self-sacrifice, controversy, praise, and adulation for narcissistic supply, is actually making a mockery of everyone drawn into his media circus and wacky antics.
Deep satire. If only we could believe that his comic talent is that great.