Russell Brand, World’s Greatest Thinker, Summons a Global Revolution

Why can't America get some articulate celebrities?

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Comic-turned-social critic Russell Brand’s latest shocking public performance may have just attempted to incite a global revolution.

When last we heard from Brand, he was at the GQ awards, calling out Hugo Boss for creating uniforms for the Nazis. Now he’s taking on the global political system in his role as guest editor of The New Statesman and as a guest on the BBC.

“The planet is being destroyed,” Brand argued in a recent interview televised on the BBC. “We are creating an underclass and exploiting poor people all over the world. And the legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by our political powers.”

Brand, who has already established himself as a talented writer, suggests that change is coming, and though it would be overkill to go out and buy 50 cans of beans and thousands of shotgun shells for protection, have you seen what they’re playing on the Discovery Channel recently?

Of course, the real question is: why doesn’t the US have a series of articulate celebrities? Regardless of what Brand is saying, he has a coherent answer for every different question, which is a lot more than we can say for the people we choose to put on TV. Imagine if Daniel Tosh or Dane Cook were asked to edit an issue of Dissent. Actually…don’t.

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elbee
elbee

America has Bill Maher! America's political satyrists paved the way for Brand's intense and radical styling... Which could potentially raise satire to, dare I say, actual revolution???

Also, I wholeheartedly agree with the comments here from BruceMiller... planned parenthood is the best economic and environmental policy we have!

jorisvanveghel
jorisvanveghel

#politics is flat-lining; doctors pulled the plug in 2013!

Politics don’t exist anymore. There was a time people believed in it, as a state, as a power, as an ideal or a future. Its order got forcibly toppled, or peacefully reestablished through elections, in a prolonged struggle that held society within its grasp. World wars were fought to determine the principles of its organization.

Yesterday morning though, when I awoke, I looked out of the window and it was gone. I saw homes, people doing their rounds with the dog, autumn winds blew through the trees; but there were no politics to be seen. ‘How did it disappear?’ I asked myself. The last time I consciously experienced its presence it had degenerated into a bad television program: immature men and women firing ruses at each other from behind lecterns. I saw the twinkle in their eyes. After that moment years ago, I switched off the TV and it only sporadically emerged; in the aisle of the supermarket, when a headline got hold of my attention or at a birthday party when somebody started rambling on about it. He must have been one of the last believers, I now realize. Presently I receive the news of its passing away. It wasn’t murdered or anything, it just didn’t have enough substance to hang in there between the houses in the city streets. I guess the autumn storm must’ve blown its final remnants away.

The city settles down. There will be something else to fill the empty space politics left there. But for now let’s savor the moment. It never really gave the world anything beautiful anyway.

#storm #russelbrand #politics #revolution #escape from #apathy

» Thanks to http://bit.ly/1cmhLCz . Translated it from dutch to let more people experience the profound soothing effect this text has on me. Let’s share and start being wise.

rick.fastforward
rick.fastforward

"I would argue that "overpopulation" is not the elephant in the room but OUR consumption levels (and by "our" I mean the wealthiest 20 percent of the world's population -- all of us in North America and Europe). For instance, the United States, with four percent of the global population, consumes 25 percent of global energy production, 50 percent of the global production of raw materials, and generates 40 percent of the waste. Clearly, the consumer lifestyle of Americans (and Canadians) is dependent on consuming other peoples' share of the planet's resources (hence the US government's imperialist foreign policy to preserve this reality). This is why three billion people live in poverty and the number of chronically malnourished people has increased from 800,000 in the 1990s to 1.2 billion today.

Ultimately then, we could eliminate the poorest three billion people on the planet tomorrow and it would not make life for the remaining four billion any more sustainable than it is now because that poorest three billion consume virtually no resources. Therefore, the shortage of resources to sustain the remaining population at our current levels of consumption would remain.

Now if we were to eliminate the richest 1.5 billion people (the population of the United States, Canada and Europe) then there would be plenty of resources left for the remaining 5.5 billion people on the planet. Clearly, it is not "overpopulation" that is the problem but "overconsumption" by the most privileged 20 percent of the world's population. And yet, when people start pointing to overpopulation as the problem they inevitably look at growth rates in the poorest countries (in Latin America, Africa and Asia), those peoples who barely consume any of the planet's resources relative to our lifestyles."

Blaming overpopulation is a convenient way to shift the blame away from our consumption habits and onto the poor, who have no voice in the system (i.e. global capitalism) that is responsible for the unsustainable rates of consumption that we enjoy. Ultimately, the overpopulation argument implies that the growing population in poor countries means that "THEY" are consuming the resources "WE" need to sustain our ridiculously materialistic lifestyles (quite an arrogant position). In reality, it is the opposite. We are, and have been for decades, consuming the resources that they require to sustain themselves.

BruceMiller
BruceMiller

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When irresponsible, ignorant adults ignore the fact that their environment cannot sustain more humanity and reproduce for entirely selfish reasons, starvation, war, and hunger result. The solution is: regulated birthrates. The means: education and contraception. This is the basis for China's enormous success! If the Monsanto' s of the world increase the food supplies, deplete the environments further, the population will grow to fill the new "surplus", then demand more? Is this humanitarian or crass Capitalist exploitation of a human failing?

Xyz_anonymous
Xyz_anonymous

I think I have a new found respect for Russell Brand!

Xyz_anonymous
Xyz_anonymous

I think atleast he has the courage to speak out the bloody truth !! That it is time for people to wake up! ! 

Mychemicalthotz
Mychemicalthotz

If you really think about it, no system is really going to be perfect as long as we have 8 billion humans and growing in our world. A true Democracy, with fair and just laws, does in its truest form represent the people but, sadly, because there are soooo many people it creates an environment where:

1. All the needs of the people are not served. 2. The people who 'run' the system end up catering to what 'fuels' the system (like in capitalism, for example) with too few people against this because we all depend on capitalism in our system (at least in the USA , anyways), which obviously interferes with the intentions of the democracy.  

GuerrillaGarage
GuerrillaGarage

Brand is brilliant too bad most Americans are stupid

LeeHansen1
LeeHansen1

It's hard to argue with the facts. Thank you Russell Brand for speaking out. And for people criticizing him for his past or his personality, get a life. Everything he says here is true. I really don't care who is saying it, as long as it is being heard, and Russell Brand is in a great position to be heard. Our country is failing because of the greed of our politicians, the greed of the Federal reserve (which is privately owned, if you didn't know) and the apathy of the american people. Which, as Brand pointed out may be a result of the celebrity worship rampant in today's society. Thank you Russell Brand for using your influence for something good and meaningful. 


GenesiaWilliams
GenesiaWilliams

Don't let the reality tv shows, make you think we don't have intelligence in the states. I'm glad Russell Brand isn't afraid to speak his mind, but it's not l8ke what he's saying is something new. We've BEEN destroying the planet, and there has been an underclass of people in modern history, most of whom are poor and of color. Y'all brought up Dane Cook and Daniel Tosh, as examples like they are the only people we've got. Come on.... at the Very least, Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, the late Carlin, and others could easily fit the requirements.

LeeCane
LeeCane

Russell Brand is a junkie trying to stay relevant.

LeeCane
LeeCane

Have you ever seen two people who are absolutely high and out of their mind come to complete agreement on something absurd? Well that's this author and the junkie, Russell Brand.


canadianRepublican
canadianRepublican

He is generally correct .. He made it simple so everyone could understand...

You can't have Profit without Deficit. its true, there is always a winner and a looser. USA has massive Debt, but US Banks and US Stocks have record Profit. EU has massive debt, but its corporations and banks are profiting. UK the same. 

The bottom line is .. if he was still poor, no one would listen, cuz he has some money they will listen. It just proves his point.


adamo
adamo

Russell Brand is not articulate whatsoever. He just tries disarm people with an unusual turn of phrase . . We all want change for the better however a revolution led by a jester who says "First and foremost I want to have a f***ing laugh" would only end in tears. He is a hypocrite ! So . . "profit is a filthy word"  .   is it Russell? Maybe he should ask some questions about the corporations that pay him.  He is a rotten big mouth who can't help but contradict himself! Please everybody , take a moment to think about the fact there are countless pro active people who are making a positive difference in the world. and leading by example! Brands idea of revolution is nonsense. Don't take what this buffoon says seriously.

MattPerson
MattPerson

I like how he referenced the Occupy Movement.  I have been telling my friends for last couple years, i see something huge coming from the massiveness of Facebook.  I think things like this are the start.  I was anticipating something negative, this seems like a better direction.

GeorgiaRy
GeorgiaRy

thank you thank you thank you 


neko.el.gato
neko.el.gato

"Of course, the real question is: why doesn’t the US have a series of articulate celebrities?"

Probably because they grew up reading Time Magazine.


Hypocriteslayer
Hypocriteslayer

Also, since most of his money comes from evil corporations making profit, will he sign all of his tainted "filthy" profits to real charities that help the poor.  He is a fan of the Occi-poo crowd.  Yet the only thing they have produced is literally a mess (more specifically, crap).

Hypocriteslayer
Hypocriteslayer

I am sure for tax and legal purposes, hwe is incorporated.  So based on his beliefs, he should set the example by surrendering his "profit".  Also, he needs a bath.

JLP4d
JLP4d

This was a amazing video. I agree 1000% I'm ready for the revolution so just let me know! haha

Zeebake
Zeebake

@rick.fastforward  Whilst this is undeniably true pal, where the problem lies is that our level of consumption is something that developing countries aspire to achieve, since the quality of life (on paper) per person appears so much higher . It is going to be very difficult for western countries to lecture the rest of the world on limiting their consumption when, from their view, we have all been enjoying liberty from that need for the better half of a century...

Xyz_anonymous
Xyz_anonymous

@Mychemicalthotz  Yes the Crux of the problem on the planet today is too many humans!! Irresponsible reproduction and absolute "disregard" towards the environment!! 

It is time for people to stand up against this ever- expanding human population!

JamesSkidsen
JamesSkidsen

@LeeCane I find it really amusing that those interviewers like Paxman just don't' seem to understand what Russell Brand is talking about. What I find even more amusing is that Brand is actually trying to break it down to Paxman as if he's talking to a three year old and Paxman's two year old mentality STILL doesn't understand. This is also somewhat sad, really. What I hear Russell Brand saying is that if voting were to make an actual difference that was meaningful  in the lives of the people it is supposed to improve, then voting would be worth the trouble. For example, the ACA which began as an awesome idea was watered down by the AMA , the insurance lobby and people are so inflamed by the fox news outrage machine, that all of the effective rule changes have been rendered pretty much pointless. In the pursuit of profit protection for these corporations ( who by the way are not trained or qualified to diagnose or treat patients) the clients and patients have been left behind once again. I am sick and tired of just getting the lesser of two evils, Americas deserve much better than this weak half measure shell game.... I find it rather discouraging.

JamesSkidsen
JamesSkidsen

@LeeCane you really are kind of stupid and lazy. How do you know if he is high or not? and what exactly do you mean by junkie? do you mean he smokes marijuana which is legal in many states now?... you're and ignorant chump, lee.... by the way. if he's in recovery and has been for a decade, that implies that he is NO LONGER a junkie... you sound jealous.. of course, you're so stupid,you can't even make a point without posting a link because you need media to do your thinking for you.. BRAVO, JACK ASS.

LeeHansen1
LeeHansen1

@LeeCane; Russell has been sober for almost a decade now, and promotes Addiction Recovery through abstinence. He has even  spoken in government parliament comittees about how addiction is a disease and should be seen as the illness it is rather than as criminal. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l8GMSkyfrM

A dark past does not mean he doesn't have a chance for a bright future. Russell's words are hope for the recovering addict, and for the recovering country we live in. 

seqretsquirrel
seqretsquirrel

@adamo He doesn't want to lead a revolution. He repeatedly said that throughout the interview. 

JLP4d
JLP4d

@JordanLaesch Go troll somewhere else. I would not be surprised if your some paid DHS worker to write propaganda. If your happy with the way things are you insane.  

canadianRepublican
canadianRepublican

@JordanLaesch @JLP4d  

So if the US's current finacial situation is not proof of what he is pointing out, what is?

17 Trillion in debt ( the people )  VS record Corporate Profits, record Bank profit. 

But he isn't saying anything new... And I don't think he wants to be a politician.

canadianRepublican
canadianRepublican

@JLP4d @JordanLaesch

I agree... the status quo has probably employed many people to write negative comments about Brand, as he wants people to question their leadership. Don't Vote unless they give you a reason to is a good idea, reminds me a Gandhi. 

rick.fastforward
rick.fastforward

@canadianRepublican @JordanLaesch @JLP4d

To those who have insulted and attacked Mr Brand, I am curious if any of you would care to discuss the issues he raises?

And to the person who feels 'Obama' is a good leader, you may want to consider exactly who it is he works for. So should anyone who still believes in our current political system, check this out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Xg_G6mqB8

The Revolution is in full swing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVqgde1We8E&list=PLCC0704AB4283F371

Godspeed.


rick.fastforward
rick.fastforward

@JordanLaesch @JLP4d 

Are you finished attacking Mr Brand? Would you now like to discuss the issues he raises?

And as for a 'great political mind', I am curious as to who you would consider falls into this category?


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rick.fastforward
rick.fastforward

Russell Brand is right on the mark. 

Although, I would suggest the Revolution isn't 'going to happen', it is Happening.