Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher

Russell Brand Actor and comedian Russell Brand reflects on growing up in Thatcher’s Britain – read more in the Guardian (UK)

“Perhaps my early apathy and indifference are a result of what Thatcher deliberately engendered, the idea that ‘there is no such thing as society,’ that we are alone on our journey through life, solitary atoms of consciousness.

…It always struck me as peculiar, too, when the Spice Girls briefly championed Thatcher as an early example of girl power. I don’t see that. She is an anomaly; a product of the freak-onomy of her time. Barack Obama, interestingly, said in his statement that she had ‘broken the glass ceiling for other women.’ Only in the sense that all the women beneath her were blinded by falling shards. She is an icon of individualism, not of feminism.

Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

Is that what made her so formidable, her ability to ignore the suffering of others? Given the nature of her legacy ‘survival of the fittest’ – a phrase that Darwin himself only used twice in On the Origin of Species, compared to hundreds of references to altruism, love and cooperation, it isn’t surprising that there are parties tonight in Liverpool, Glasgow and Brixton – from where are they to have learned compassion and forgiveness?”

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