October 24, 2013

I just became a Russell Brand fan. So will you, if you watch this.

Russell Brand and Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight 2013 [Full Interview]

Of course, the problem with Russell’s wonderful argument is that there is no solution for enlightened goverment other than if you happen to luck into an enlightened despot, and then you’ve got succession problems. Humans are humans. Power corrupts. I personally vote because I strongly feel that voting for the best of two imperfect choices makes a small, but significant difference.

Great comment from Reddit: “I know I’m being cynical, but I have to ask: do political revolutions ever turn out well for the people in the end? It seems to me that even the noblest of intentions end up failing because the human tendency is that power corrupts, and whomever is at the top of the political spectrum will take advantage of the ignorant middle class.

Russell Brand talks about revolution but does it ever work? I think about incidents like Marxist theory (noble intention) being realistically applied to politics (Cuba, Russia) and it never seems to turn out well.”




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Ellerooms Oct 25, 2013 1:02pm

Russell Brands New Statesman article needs to be read as compared to the short bbc interview, is detailed, beautifully written and deserves to go down in history of where the Worlds turning point became apparent, and hopefully not a lament on when the World ignored common sense. Those of you who aren’t fans, cant stand watching him should read this objectively and then decide what part are you playing in the picture he has accurately painted?

C. Devlin Oct 24, 2013 11:31pm

This is brilliant (the first video in particular) and is precisely why I stopped voting just a few years ago

Oct 24, 2013 7:16pm

My goodness, he could very well be talking about the United States. He is so well educated and well spoken. I love the way he handles the interviewer. How can you be "cross" with him? He interjects humor at the very right time to diffuse the intensity. He has taken the time to be informed. We need more people in the public eye who actually have something intelligent to say. We need everything he has innumerated! Thank you for posting. http://www.kazakers.com

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