Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Atomic Punk bklynboy68's Avatar
    Join Date
    Favorite VH Album

    The Magnificent 7
    Last Online

    10.28.16 @ 11:42 AM
    Liked 6,072 Times in 3,299 Posts

    Premium Member

    Default Former Gang Member Working to Transform the Inner City With Free Market Message

    ‘Hip Hop and Adam Smith’:

    Brandon Loran Maxwell describes himself as “not your average political nerd.”

    A former member of “one of the nation’s largest and most notorious Hispanic gangs,” Maxwell explained to TheBlaze how he is using his “turbulent gang and drug-ridden background” to reach inner city youth with the unique message of how the free market has revolutionized the world — and is the key to their future.

    “The goal is to empower inner city youth by teaching them free market economics through industries they love and relate to,” he said.

    Having written on the topic in publications from New York City to Los Angeles, Maxwell recently delivered a lecture titled “Hip Hop and Adam Smith” to a group of at-risk youth in Kansas City. Members of the audience all voluntarily came before 9:00 a.m. on their spring break to hear him speak.

    “There’s not a doubt in my mind that each of you in this room is capable of something extraordinary…moving mountains, realizing your dreams, enriching those around you — your friends, your family, your community,” he told them. “Don’t let the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds of life detour you from what ​you know and I know is inside of you…We live in a country that allows us to do that, but sometimes you have to be creative.”

    Having discovered his passion for the free market and limited government at Brigham Young University, where he was accepted on scholarship, Maxwell has spent the past several years tirelessly sharing the message that he credits for helping transform his own life.

    “Many kids will listen to me because they know I can relate and am not an outsider,” he said. “My [background] has incidentally provided me with a unique credibility that allows me to reach a number of demographics that most politicos or scholars could never reach.”

    His outreach has been so successful, he said, that his “limited government and free-market columns now appear coupled alongside one of California’s largest independent hip hop publications and are distributed to roughly two dozen 7-Eleven’s throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Inglewood, Long Beach, and Compton (some of southern California’s largest and most notorious inner city neighborhoods).”

    When asked how he would change the U.S. education system to more effectively reach the inner city, Maxwell responded:

    It’s okay to be competitive… Schools right now tend to have a very coddling way of teaching kids, so when they get out into the real world, they’re not always prepared for it…Which is ironic because kids can grow up in a hard area of the city, but then they have this idea that they get from school they’re owed, or that life’s rough…

    They’ve already overcome all these challenges in the streets, so there’s no reason they can’t be successful in the business world, which is equally as cutthroat at times. They should be able to even be more successful, so they shouldn’t buy into the fact that [they've] never overcome these types of challenges. It’s the exact same thing…I don’t understand why the schools don’t take what [they've already learned] and show them how to redirect that energy as opposed to just telling them they’re victims, because then they buy into it.

    But just because Maxwell is a free market devotee doesn’t mean he wholly aligns himself with either political party.

    “The truth is that conservatives and libertarians have a problem with reaching out to the third class — everyone always talks about the middle class — sometimes we have to implement change from the ground up. We have to go in there and educate them,” he told TheBlaze. “What we need to do as a team as both the left and the right [is] to figure out a play and move the ball forward.”

    But despite the challenges Maxwell is incredibly optimistic, having seen seen how receptive inner city communities across the country have been to his efforts.

    “I only see growth from this point forward,”

    Here’s video of Maxwell’s entire Kansas City “Hip Hop and Adam Smith” speech:

     "He has a swaggering retro machismo that will give hives to the Steinem cabal" -Camille Paglia on Donald Trump

    "Make way for the bad guy"- Tony Montana

    'This hamburger don't need no helper"- David Lee Roth

    "I wish Bon Jovi would've given me a call before he recorded all of his hits, because the lyrics would've been smarter, the melodies would've been much more smashing, and they would've sold a lot fewer records." -David Lee Roth

    "My beef is people thinking Bon Jovi is good cuz they sold lots of records to housewives." -tango

    "But being number one doesn’t really mean jack fuck all. We sold twice as many records as other records that year (1984) that landed in the Number One position." ~Eddie Van Halen

  2. #2
    Forum Frontman It's Mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
    Favorite VH Album

    like them all, no favourite
    Last Online

    10.28.16 @ 10:20 AM
    Liked 3,921 Times in 2,305 Posts


    "The goal is to empower inner city youth by teaching them free market economics"



Similar Threads

  1. "The Message, There Is No Message!" The Official Devin Townsend Thread!
    By Wolfgang_'99 in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Music Only)
    Replies: 516
    Last Post: 10.25.16, 07:19 PM
  2. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 09.26.12, 02:57 AM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07.29.09, 06:22 AM
  4. Seattle is no longer a lap dance free city. Huzzah!
    By HuBBs5150 in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Non-Music)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11.15.06, 07:01 AM
  5. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 10.17.00, 11:56 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts