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Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night

This interviewer Jeremy Paxman is even a more apathetic a-hole than Piers Morgan.


http://youtu.be/3YR4CseY9pk

The revolution itself may not be televised, but on last night's edition of the BBC's Newsnight, viewers may have witnessed the start of one.

Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman's just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.

"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people," Russell responded. "I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."

And with that, the first shots of Russell's revolutionary interview were fired.

Over the course of the following ten-or-so minutes, Brand and Paxo volleyed back and forth over subjects ranging from political apathy, to corporate greed, to gorgeous beards.

Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman's efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a "very trivial man" — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand's valid arguments.

After Brand reminded Paxman that he cried after learning that his grandma too had been "fucked over" by aristocrats, the Newsnight host was stunned into silence.

"If we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn't we?" Brand crescendoed. "Why is that naive? Why is that not my right because I'm an 'actor'? I've taken the right. I don't need the right from you. I don't need the right from anybody. I'm taking it."

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"..governments are instituted

"..governments are instituted among men and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. "
Ergo, participation in a political system is an act of consent to it. It is one thing to be ignorant of the evils of a system and participate in it. It is quite another to be a DP member who is fully versed in the evils of the current federal political system and consent to it. Russell got that one right.

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No, that does not follow. My

No, that does not follow.

My entire point is that participation is NOT consent. It is self-defense.

Think about it: If soldiers invade your home and you shoot at them, did you just "consent" to war?

(Sorry so late replying but I just saw your response.)

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

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I doubt it.

I never even heard of the guy or knew he existed until someone posted about him here on DP a few weeks ago. And if I never heard of him, I'd be willing to bet most anyone around here where I live, that I know, have never even heard of him either. And DP continues to be the only place I ever have seen any mention of him.

Point being, I don't think the majority of the country hangs on what some guy named Russell Brand they never heard of on some interview on TV says, and that is if they even saw the interview. On BBC to boot.

Don't mean to rain on you, but I just don't find the guy or his ideas worthy of being idolized as some liberty hero. Just another halfway, young buck celebrity that likes to talk.

Same here. I only looked at

Same here.

I only looked at (the start of) his rant because his name is the same as a rather influential and intellectual friend of mine.

I didn't have to watch very much to find out that:
- It wasn't him, and
- This guy had one of the standard misunderstandings of an aspect of politics and seemed to be following the error to its logical conclusions.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

entertaining..but his solution is bigger government.

Ironic how he sees how corrupt government has enabled favored corporations to exploit people, then he proposes bigger government as a solution. He suggests running oil companies as government controlled non-profit entities, where all profit goes to the state. Wow, I can't imagine how well that will work out.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

upvote.

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this man is dangerous

A destructively entitled commie adolescent. He needs get a real life and come back in 10 years.

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Are you fearful?

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Not as dangerous as

apathy.

Yes actually it is...

The old saying goes... "Lead, Follow, or get out of the way"...

...Not... "lead, follow, or get in the way"...

Get out of the way Russell Brand...

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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Voting is giving consent to be governed. Nothing more.

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Jawa and Russell can proceed

Jawa and Russell can proceed with their revolution as they will. I, for one, will not give such a sniper -- nor the fan of such a man -- the time of day.

He didn't vote because he was a drug addict. His addiction was caused by the ruling elite. He proclaims himself not apathetic, but accuses the ruling elite of being apathetic...wait for it...not to their own needs...but to his. He was a leach and he's intent on leaching on a higher plane.

Here's an idea Mr Russell, spend as much time taking part in the way paved by your progenitors' blood, sweat, and tears, before claiming some rebel badge. A legitimate rebel has tried with all their might to change from within. A blame-shifting, selfish twit, yells rebel when he gets the first wiff of his own mucky life.

Nailed it... +1

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Russell Brand is the smartest idiot I've ever seen.

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I like his attitude

But he took the info the establishment put out as truth. He has definitely been exposed to the socialist virus. This will only confuse libtards to believe that there way is justified if they see Russell Brand as "Fringe". Everyone sees the horrid state of the conditions that are around us, we all know our economic, social and political systems are completely bought out. So anyone who calls for an upheaval of the current system will get the underdog title if they are given good coverage. Especially someone like Russell brand who is very charismatic and is already somewhat of a household name. I don't hate Russell brand, I think he has a good heart and whats best for everyone, however unwittingly he is playing right into there hands.

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...this ...is ...excellent.

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There are a lot of things I

There are a lot of things I would call Piers Morgan but apathetic is definitely not one of them. Just saying...

"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

He is Clueless...

Funny, his solutions are more of the same!!!! The only thing he has right is that we need change...but that is what Obama gave us, no?

Tool... the ptb would love to use him for a revolution, his tax, penalize and redistribute policies are right in line with what we are doing... I don't get it????

Typical progressive b.s.... underserved underclass - i.e. the government needs to take more from the rich and give to the poor... that is basically what he is saying. FAIL FAIL FAIL... ugh, even my ultra lib fb friends now like this guy

You have to get mad!! We can

You have to get mad!! We can figure the semantics and direction later, but right now this is the attitude we need. Wake up!

Bravo, Brand.. Honestly can't say I ever liked the guy, but the more I see the more I like.

just getting mad is what followers of dictators have done

thought is required.

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I'm saying people need to

I'm saying people need to wake up out of their apathetic stupor, not just go out and mess shit up lol.. Of course there should be thought, but for now we need to wake them up.

GIve the man a break. He is

GIve the man a break. He is just as much on the journey as the rest of us are. I do not think he would claim to have all the answers, he is just formulating possible solutions. At least he recognizes the issues.

He's giving political interviews to an international audience...

A little different than MY JOURNEY!

The guy is using his status and influence as a celebrity to push the youth and his fans towards a socialist revolution.

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Or he's just speaking what he

Or he's just speaking what he believes.. I agree with Progressives just about as much as I agree with Conservatives (not much at all), but I still would have the conversation. At least he's talking about subjects that matter and not fame or other nonsense actors/comedians usually talk about..

spotting issues is only a small part

see my comments below.
I edited my first comment to give kudos for issue spotting but see my other comment on why granting leadership authority to good issue spotters is a mistake

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My, My-The system is no good SOOOOO

Don't vote, just raise taxes and redistribute wealth!
Thumbs up for issue spotting
thumbs down for solution recommendation

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Somebody finally exploring the problem!!!! Once you fully

understand a problems it ceases to exist. If you focus on a solution you will only create another problem!

I love this guy because he shines light on the problems. Russel Brand is on of my favorite voices in the media because he shines a light on the problems without trying to sell a BS solution.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

Except

he's suggesting something along the lines of socialism.

??? except he is suggesting something along the lines of ______

What happened to free speech and open dialog and debate. The problem is vast and will require in effective. at from all perspective if we are to render it void.

I see a lot of people discounting his voice, insights and clarity because he dose't have all the answers. It almost appears as if those discounting Russell Brand think they have all the answers.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

Hey

I'm not knocking his free speech rights or having open dialogue with him. I just wouldn't get all excited about his proposals....his suggestions will lead to the very things he's trying to change. History shows it over and over.

Look there are a lot of celebrities who want to help people....and I get that. Just gotta make sure what you're going to do doesn't hurt people more.

I get his voting ideals as well...but why not throw support behind a 3rd party? If you care that much about changing it...get someone to step up from outside the system.