Russell Brand calls for revolution in epic interview

by ROAR Collective on October 24, 2013

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In this epic interview with Jeremy Paxman, comedian Russell Brand destroys the hollow pretensions of the political establishment and calls for revolution.

Check out this legendary interview — doesn’t he just nail it? Russell Brand has just guest-edited a special revolution-themed edition for The New Statesman, featuring contributions by Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Noel Gallagher, Alec Baldwin, David Lynch and others. Click here to read Russell’s own manifesto for revolution.

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Haroun Kola October 25, 2013 at 09:19



Lynne Hudson October 25, 2013 at 11:32

I agree with what he is saying, apart from not voting. We should all vote; people died to get us the vote. We should be bombarding our politicians with our disappointment and concerns.


dave fryett October 26, 2013 at 19:54

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” — H. L. Mencken


jkelvynrichards October 25, 2013 at 12:50

Russell Brand declares that the Revolution is coming!
And there is no reason why it should not happen, in a world in which there are 7.18 billion people; of which 12 million control $46.2 trillion, including 1426 who are worth $5.4 trillion. We live in a world in which the majority of the global population are poor, trying to survive on less then $2 a day. Whenever we listen to politicians and commentators they never declare that most people, up to 6.8 billion, are poor; with 2 billion being poverty stricken without enough food, water, no sanitation, no health care.
All the millionaires are known by Forbes, by Cap Gemini, by banksters ! The 99%, or the 6.8 billion, can organise and change the priorities of governments so as to take care of the needs of the poor.
Why does anyone need $1million, or $1billion? What does it say about such people that they ignore poverty and inequality? and are quite happy to witness the poverty of the 99%, without doing anything about it? Without designing a system that redistributes wealth for the benefit of all!


dave fryett October 25, 2013 at 20:41

Brand may be sincere, or he may be advancing his career, either way, his reluctance to answer the question of what a post-revolutionary society would look like head on, and as the morsel he does offer is of highly taxed corporations, gives me more than a little pause. Whatever his motives and beliefs, he’s talking about some kind of reformist revolution, not the real one. Anybody embracing a revolution which stops short of the elimination of corporations and capitalism altogether, is indeed a comedian.


Paul Carline October 27, 2013 at 16:39

Very enjoyable! Pitbull Paxman was left reeling by Brand’s amazingly fluent and cogent arguments. But Brand could have added a few barbs to his arrows: firstly, to point out that no political system can call itself democratic unless and until the system has been first chosen and agreed (by referendum) by the sovereign citizens. A hand-me-down representative system, where the public has never been allowed to decide for itself what kind of system it wants to live under, cannot be democratic.
Secondly, Brand chose a somewhat weak line of argument in charging merely that “the system doesn’t work” (at least not for the majority). He failed to mention the millions who have paid with their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere as victims of the same system and he equally failed to label those who carried out and supported those illegal wars as the war criminals they are.
Finally, he also failed to point out that the entire “war on terror” is a fraud based on proven falsehoods about WMDs (in the case of Iraq) and alleged Islamic fundamentalist terrorists (in the case of 9/11, 7/7 and elsewhere; in none of these cases were Islamists of any stripe the real perpetrators).
Unfortunately, this crippling failure is shared with almost the entire Left.


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