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Russell Brand: 'Revolution Is Coming... I Ain't Got a Flicker of Doubt'

Society & Culture  (tags: Russell Brand, revolution, Jeremy Paxman, culture, ethics, politics, rights, voting, disenfranchised )

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...futility of voting in a corrupt democratic system determined to serve the interests of the ruling class... the "disenfranchised, disillusioned underclass" created by the current economic and political system ... will rise up in popular revolution ...

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Ben Oscarsito (261)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 6:09 am
I've been waiting many, many years, and I wonder...???

James Maynard (84)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 3:46 pm
I understand what he's saying, but I
disagree with not voting. If you don\t
vote, you ensure that there's never
going to be change.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 5:18 pm
Omigod, what a BRILLIANT interview!!!
One doesn't have to AGREE with everything, voting or not voting, etc.
you HAVE to actually SEE the Interview, not just read it.
Russell Brand has fire and conviction and a wonderful self-possession, and he ain't takin' no scheiss from NOBODY.
Everybody got to see this! The general TONE of it, REALLY REFLECTS THE FEELING AMONG THE YOUNGER PEOPLE. {And I count myself 77 years young!!!}

pam w. (138)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 5:42 pm

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 7:11 pm
Noted and shared.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 7:56 pm
The interview is amazing. Thank you!

Ros G. (74)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:16 pm
Thanks so much for this inspiring interview, Lynn.. voting is compulsory in Australia but more and more are putting in informal votes because- we only have 2 parties in the Lower House...2 party preferred system.. I prefer an informal vote is made...this percentage is growing and that is starting to worry the Politicians, once they would make statements like..these are donkey votes as people can't read or write properly...they won't even print the % now. The Senate is a different matter..your vote can make a difference here by not giving either major party the they don't have a balance of power. Yes, Russell, why encourage only goes to their head.

Vivian B. (173)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:51 pm
Great interview!!

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:06 pm
Fascinating interview. I will still trek out to vote however, since the con-servatives love to do so.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:16 am
noted he said the truth

paula eaton (30)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:37 am
Thank you for the article

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:06 am
Russel Brand is exercising his democratic right not to vote.This is democracy at work.Paxton on the other hand is a self centered self opinionated bore who doesn't know his arse from his elbow.good on you Russel.

Athena F. (131)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:09 am
Always so positive, gotta love him even if you don't agree with everything he says all the time. You can tell his heart's in the right place and that's so important. :)

Pogle S. (88)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:21 am
Where is the democracy when all we are presented with is narrow band of choices that all add up to the same thing?

Happily the illusion has been exposed and all the lying politicians are only lying to themselves. They'll soon learn that there is no salvation in financial wealth, the new-age levellers will see to that!

Pogle S. (88)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:23 am
The problem with voting is that the GOVERNMENT always gets in :-)

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:12 am
always good to see such enthusiasm........thanks for this inspiration Lynn ♥

cecily w. (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:13 am
In U.S. local national and state elections your choices are limited to candidates who have been preselected by political party committees. So you end up voting for the least of two (or more) evils.

Mitchell D. (136)
Monday October 28, 2013, 6:42 am
That Brand has not got a "flicker of a doubt," is irrelevant, though I rather wish he were right.
Going beyond the current world wide capitalist system, which does indeed serve the interests of a few, the plutocrats, might involve a post-Capitalist system, as out lined in "Capitalism hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff, an economist at M.I.T.
My initial point is that lots of people have predicted lots of things that have never come to pass. We just blew past the anniversary (October 22nd) of The End of The World, as predicted by Pastor Miller of N.Y. State, and his followers, the Millerites, in 1844.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 6:51 am
Interesting. I think Mr. Brand is very intelligent as well as witty, and I certainly agree with the idea that we need a genuine alternative to the corporate plutocracy and their governmental shills. I also appreciate the grace and unfailing humor with which he parries his interviewer's demand that he produce a definitive map of a global utopia on demand, in 30 second sound bites, of course. I don't agree with not voting though-unless you want to see Romney/Ryan or Ted Cruz as presidents. I first voted in 1976, and definitely understand the frustration of voting for the lesser of two evils. I strongly believe we need to create a viable third party alternative which does embody our views, since someone will govern the country after all. And some good people do get elected-Sherrod Brown & Elizabeth Warren come immediately to mind. Thanks B.Mutiny for the forward.

Lona Goudswaard (90)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:40 am
I'm not a great fan of Russel Brand as a comedian. But there seems to be much more to this guy than the rather silly persona he usually portrays on the BBC. He's talking as a British citizen of course, but there are many parallels between Britain and both the USA and other western countries. I agree with him wholeheartedly: people are sick of their countries being run by the 1% who have neo-conservatives as a front, and sick of nothing changing no matter what you vote. And yes, a revolution is coming, I only hope it's sooner than later and his description of the end result. ""[] a socialistic egalitarian system based on massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations, and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment."
And America, for once forget your knee-jerk reaction on hearing the word "socialistic" which has absolutely nothing to do with Communism and Russia or Cuba.

Dotti L. (85)
Monday October 28, 2013, 9:53 am
Thanks Lynn. Noted, read and listened.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Monday October 28, 2013, 10:35 am
Thanks for the article, noted. TY Lynn

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 12:06 pm
russell is always interesting. thanks for this.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:13 pm
Maybe Brand could help us over here. Can't we elect him president? We already have one with dubious citizenship!.

Birgit W. (159)
Monday October 28, 2013, 1:34 pm
What an amazing intelligent young gentleman. I wished he could be our future prime minister of Canada.

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:26 pm
He certainly speaks to the masses of what many are feeling and living through. I agree with him on many points however, I will still vote. I have stopped supporting the two Parties that allowed us to get to this mess and now support the 3rd Parties like the Green Party or the Justice Party, which I did vote for the latter at the last election for President.

Too many people have shed their blood to give me the right to vote and I'll not toss it away so fast. The 1% or Oligarchy would really have a field day if they saw that no one was voting, so that right would just be gone. As it is they are with the far Rights help, trying too hard to keep people from voting with voter ID and the less time at the polls for hours or days to caste one's vote.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:58 pm
Viva Russell!

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday October 28, 2013, 4:06 pm
Thanks for posting, Lynn. I absolutely loved watching this. I saw his FX show this past summer, "Brand X," and was just enthralled by his wit and brilliance on socio-economic-political topics. A friend of my son's gave me "My Booky Wook" as a gift a few months ago.....such bare honesty and humor! I've become a big fan, even more now with this interview.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 4:10 pm
Lona, I agree with your admonishment that Americans not have their usual knee-jerk reaction to the word socialist. I think it's typical of the way the US media portrays any idea that doesn't support the idea of "capitalism", though I think it's becoming more obvious daily how capitalism and democracy are not synonymous--
In our present system they are diametrically opposed ideas! I appreciate the way Mr. Brand kept mentioning environmental issues as a major reason for change---we are destroying the Earth, and the concept of climate justice needs to become part of the "lexicon" . We are creating the carbon pollution that fuels climate change, and the poor people of the world will be the first to suffer the consequences. Indeed, they already are, with increasing droughts and flooding in areas where subsistence farmers and their families struggle to survive. In "socialist" European countries, they have things like living wage standards and universal healthcare, paid sick leave and maternity time. Yes, the evils of "socialism" are abounding everywhere. So why are people in those countries always topping the polls as the happiest citizens? While here in the US, we cut food benefits to poor families, and let the wealthy avoid paying taxes. I agree with him, I think "income disparity", as it's so politely called, will be the fuel that lights the fire. And he's right, we do need to wake up!

Vicky P. (476)
Monday October 28, 2013, 6:56 pm
very good interview :) Russell Brand is completely right

Anne T. (180)
Monday October 28, 2013, 7:15 pm
I love Russell Brand! :)

Lynn Squance (236)
Monday October 28, 2013, 10:25 pm
Well it seems that my original comment disappeared, so let's try again.

"I think a socialistic egalitarian system based on massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations, and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment. I think the very concept of profit should be hugely reduced. [British PM] David Cameron says 'profit' isn't a dirty word. I say profit is a filthy word, because wherever there is profit there is also deficit. And this system currently doesn't address these ideas."

I have never heard of Russell Brand so I can't say whether that is good or bad. But what I can say is that he is passionate and articulate. I agree with him that there has to a revolution, a challenge to the current paradigms of the social contract . . . challenges to the current environmental policies world wide; challenges to the gross income and wealth inequities between the so called elite and the masses, and challenges to the taxation system that allows corporate welfare over the welfare of the masses. Jeremy Paxman, in my estimation, comes off looking like a git as he harangues Brand. I think Brand is talking a lot like Occupy, or at least how I understand Occupy.

A revolution is not necessarily violent as in armed. However, it is a radical shift in thinking to the current norm. As I listen day in and day out to the current societal voices, I begin to recognise just how much must change. For Paxman to hammer at "give me the plan" is absolutely arrogant because change starts with a vision, but a vision that grows and changes, evolves.

I disagree with not voting however. It is often easier to change things from the inside rather than the outside.

I hope everyone enjoyed the article and Brand's passionate and energetic interview.

Thanks everybody.

Liliana Garcia (200)
Monday October 28, 2013, 10:38 pm
I didn't know him but what he says makes sense. I don't vote and I feel morally entitled to work on the issues and causes I believe are pertinent to my country because (1) I was born there as were my parents and great grandparents and (2) I pay taxes. Pedro Albizu Campos, our greatest nationalist taught Puerto Ricans that the ballots, under a colonial system like ours, is a discredit and a means to have us fight among ourselves. He was right. There are other reasons for the ballots to be rejected and this Brand explained them out quite convincingly. A low turn out is a message and opens the way to work out things differently. Thanks for article.

Lynn Squance (236)
Monday October 28, 2013, 10:40 pm
@ Sheri Schongold --- "...We already have one with dubious citizenship!."

Please get off the birther crap! That is a total waste of energy. Why not use your energy to help make positive change. That is what Brand is talking about --- making positive change, egalitarian change, for the good of people and the planet.

@ Ben O --- Thanks Ben for that video of Tracy Chapman. So very appropriate. For those that did not listen to it, here are the words:

Don't you know you're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know they're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know you're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

Poor people are gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people are gonna rise up
And take what's theirs

Don't you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Cause Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Yes, Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know you're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

And finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Yes, Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

june t. (66)
Monday October 28, 2013, 10:57 pm
I used to think he was just a comic, but there is more depth to him than that, clearly. Good on you, Russell!

Dmitry Nikiforov (222)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:53 am
thank you

Ros G. (74)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:27 am
Informal voting is on the rise in Australia..and it has the Government worried..making up all sorts of excuses..why people are dumb and stupid..they can't fill in boxes..when they have "how to vote" cards..still or they only have to put a "Number One" in a box..still trying to find out the % of informal votes it takes to make an election figures to be found...funny about that.....the ruling class..have convinced the populace they MUST vote...make you vote count...

Neill Abayon (665)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:41 am
Noted and shared. Thanks.

Sunday November 10, 2013, 6:29 pm
I already jumped on this, right after he aired his interview. Also following him on a Twitter. Awesome outlook. 😊
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