Russell Brand, a popular comedian and podcaster, appeared on “Real Time” with Bill Maher and dropped a few ‘truth bombs’ that even made the politically incorrect host uncomfortable.
“So may I say something?” Brand asked.
“Please, please,” Maher urged.
“If they inconvenience you, I’ll stop saying them,” he said.
“The pandemic created at least 40 new Big Pharma billionaires,” he began. “Pharmaceutical corporations like Moderna and Pfizer made a thousand dollars of profit every second from the Covid 19 vaccine. More than two-thirds of Congress received campaign funding from pharmaceutical companies in the 2020 election. Pfizer Chairman Albert Bourla told Time magazine in July 2020 that this company was developing a Covid vaccine for the good of humanity, not for money. And of course, Pfizer made a hundred billion dollars in profit in 2022.”
“And may I just mention finally, and these are, this is also a fact that you, the American public, funded the development of that,” he continued as Maher tried to move on. “The German fund public funded the BioNTech vaccine when it came to the profits. They took the profits when it came to the funding. You paid for the funding.”
“Okay,” Maher said. “But I will just add one thing. It is possible that these are greedy capitalists who made a lot of money. And also there are a lot of people who did need the vaccine. There are a lot people who did need the vaccine. I didn’t, never wanted to be told I was one of them who had to take it. But there are lots of people who needed that vaccine and would be dead without it. That’s that is true too.”
“All I’m querying is this,” Brand replied. “Is if you have an economic system in which pharmaceutical companies benefit hugely from medical emergencies, where a military industrial complex benefits from war, where an energy companies benefit from energy crisis, you are going to generate states of perpetual crisis.”
“For the interest of the ordinary people separate from the interest of the elites,” he added.
Brand had recently made a similar point on the Joe Rogan Show. Rogan appeared a lot more receptive to Brand’s point.
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“How can you have energy companies that profit when there’s an energy crisis, military industrial complex that profits when there’s a war, pharmaceutical companies that profit when there’s a pandemic… they are creating the necessity for ongoing crisis,” he argued.
“Yes,” Rogan commented.
“If the elites in a society benefit from situations that are detrimental to everybody else, that’s what reality’s going to become,” Brand continued.
“Exactly,” Rogan remarked.
“It has become,” Brand added.
“That’s such an important point,” Rogan said.
It is also important to not lose sight of the government’s role in abetting these states of perpetual crisis. When the state is captured by elites who then put it into the service of their own agenda, and not that of the people’s, there may arise revolutionary conditions to fundamentally transform the social-economic order.
However, the underlying cause of the revolutionary conditions may be that the state had grown too powerful to begin with by straying away from the constitutional order of federalism, limited government, and individual rights.
Thus, corruption of the government is the root problem, and not the free market system, per se; indeed, socialist systems tend to be even more corrupted, and wealth disparity even more exacerbated.
Russell Brand’s point is an outstanding one. But we must be sure to fully explore potential solutions to the problem. True capitalists and socialists can agree that corporatism is the real danger and act together to put a stop to it before it is too late.
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