Russell Brand Voted World's Fourth Most Influential Thinker

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Russell Brand Voted World's Fourth Most Influential Thinker

Russell Brand, one of the most vocal advocates of global drug policy reform, has been voted the world’s fourth most influential thinker by Prospect magazine.

Of all the people that provoke both ire and adoration, Russell Brand features very highly on the list. Especially in the UK, where you either tend to love or hate him. So it comes as a great pleasure to see that he has been voted one of the world’s most influential thinkers, along with economists, authors and other activists.


You may think, “big whoop”, but it is a fairly significant turn of events. Russell Brand is a proponent of change, free thoughts, and fairness. This encompasses the use of drugs, and the abolition of the current oppression that goes hand in hand with them. This is particularly true of psychedelics, which have the power to help us evaluate and understand ourselves better, as well as potentially impart medicinal value. It can result in a new way of thinking, which on a large scale, would probably influence a lot of change within modern day life. It is for this reason he partly feels they are prohibited – to prevent change.

Fortunately, the argument that psychedelics should be illegal because they have the potential to open people’s minds is not a good one. And thanks to advocates like Russell Brand, clear, logical, and scientifically reasoned arguments are put forward to the everyday person to counter it; slowly unclenching the grip prohibition has held for so long. The fact that he is being hailed as one of the most influential thinkers of the year means his message is getting across. Whether you agree with him or not, his views enlighten, and stimulates rational debate. Things are changing. It is not a matter of ‘if’, but instead ‘when’.