This gem of an interview with Russell Brand, by British journalist Jeremy Paxman, will likely surprise most. Brand lays out a litany of frank criticisms of capitalism and the status quo, and his ripostes to Paxman’s jibes are incisive to say the least. At one point Paxman insults Brand, yet it is Paxman who seems outclassed by the quirky, English comedian’s logic; an experience Peter Hitchens, Christopher’s younger, excruciatingly closed-minded, right-wing brother, has had to endure on several occasions.
As the conversation evolves, Brand emerges as a highly intelligent and articulate advocate for socialist ideals and the need for change, citing the broken political system and the ongoing destruction of the planet and the lack of real solutions offered by the ruling class.
When Paxman challenges Brand’s right to edit a political magazine, Brand replies “I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.” Later, Brand makes the statement, “David Cameron says ‘profit’ isn’t a dirty word; I say ‘profit’ is a filthy word.”
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