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Russell Brand Interview: Time for Revolution (video)

October 24, 2013

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.”

Watch the video:



4 Responses to Russell Brand Interview: Time for Revolution (video)

  1. jamese on November 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, I want to see more of Russell Brand. With that thick cockney accent, he seems like an unlikely intellectual, but he’s really quite brilliant. I’m watching another video of him now. A tribune of the people. Wish we had a few like him here in the good old USA.

  2. SteveH on November 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Brand is amazing. I’ve seen him debate half a dozen British Tories and he kicks ass! I watched several videos where Peter Hitchens attacks him (via argument) and he makes minced meat of Hitchens. This is someone we should keep an eye on. He’s not afraid to take on the British establishment. Maybe we can get him to come here and debate some pompous pedant like Gingrich.

  3. Frank DiCostanzo on October 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    It has begun.

  4. Benjamin on October 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    If there was ever a video worth going viral, it’s this. Sadly, I feel the public’s interest in intellectual discussion over relevant issues that affect their immediate futures is nothing worth spreading. Give the people Gangnam style, and whatever Fox says, and they will sit back comfortably in their own blind ignorance. Russell’s interview should receive just as much, if not more press, than any current celebrity hookup/breakup/disaster. Russell’s views should be twitted/blogged/talked about for the following weeks, as he eloquently nudges people into taking action against a corrupt system. Why shouldn’t we expect the government to take full responsibility for its tactical management of social and economic oppression? As Mr. Brand said, “the time is now!”

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