Is this a pre-revolutionary state? Perhaps. If you look across Europe, people are certainly turning to non-mainstream parties, even if they are some way from Brand's socialist utopia. Sometimes that takes the form of right wing populists... Sometimes they are of the left: witness George Galloway, or Melanchon in France.
Conservatism is on a roll, with electoral success so far this month in Australia, Norway and Merkel's Christian Democrats hoping to capitalise on the Chancellor's personal popularity. A lot has been said about the lessons from our "Anglosphere" colleagues in Australia, but we must also look carefully at the lessons from our European neighbours too.
There are 20 weeks to go until the electorate go to the polls and decide who they want to form the next government. Will it be a Conservative or Labour majority government with either Ed Miliband or David Cameron as prime minister or will it once again be a coalition with Lib Dems as the king makers?
As the more foolish among us head up to the Edinburgh Fringe this week, I've been contemplating that age-old question; what is the Spirit of the Fringe? Perhaps a good starting point is to look at the past winners of the Panel Prize (often informally referred to as "the Spirit of the Fringe award").
Ending the war on drugs, moreover, will be a victory for international human rights law. It will be a victory for international law itself - for environmental law, anti-corruption agreements, international security, for the achievement of international development agreements and improved health - all of which have been damaged by decades of prohibition. Colorado and Washington have taken us one step closer. For that we should all celebrate.