Social Commentary, Activism, Humanism

Paxman interviews Russell Brand October 26, 2013

Paxman asks how do you have any authority if you don’t vote?
“I don’t need the right [to be involved in politics] from you, I don’t need the right from anybody, I’m taking it.”
“I don’t get my authority from this pre-existing paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people, I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity – alternate means alternative political systems.”
• Shoudn’t destroy the planet
• Shouldn’t create massive economic disparity
• Shouldn’t ignore needs of people
The burden of proof is on the people with power.
I’m not voting out of apathy, I’m not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies treachery deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations now and which now reached fever pitch where we have a disenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass that is not being represented by that political system so voting for it is tacit complicity with that system and that is not something I’m offering up.
People have voted already and that’s what’s created the current paradigm that really just administrates for large corporations.
The planet is being destroyed we are creating an underclass we are exploiting poor people all over the world……and so much more…..go have a listen to what he’s saying.
I can really identify with Russell he is excellently eloquent and expressive in his cross-ness – I love him.
Call it like the admin bods!!

What would happen if everyone just declined to vote?
A massive non vote of  non confidence!

Where would the current rulers get their mandate to rule from then?

Brilliant and very clever notion and something to be developed, a direction to head towards.

Here’s another related and informative article while you’re at it;

Could Russell Brand lead the revolution he’s prophesying? It’s easy to dismiss the comedian’s often-whimsical contribution to public discourse, but he has some of the hallmarks of Europe’s most successful comedian-cum-politician, Beppe Grillo.



11 Responses to “Paxman interviews Russell Brand”

  1. Reblogged this on Oosterman Treats Blog and commented:
    I really enjoyed this post. Notice the condescending attitude of the BBC interviewer. Geez, it was dripping from him!

    • Hi Gerald and thanks for the reblog.
      Condescending attitude or still stuck in that ye olde worlde paradigm? I kind of got the feeling there was some grudging respect for Russell in there as well and perhaps more. Was he indeed just playing devils advocate in his proper Englishman guise?
      Via Wikipedia;
      Jeremy Dickson Paxman[3][4] (born 11 May 1950) is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. He has worked for the BBC since 1977, and is known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. His regular appearances on the BBC Two’s Newsnight programme have been criticised as aggressive, intimidating and condescending, and also applauded as tough and incisive.

  2. Excellent post. Had no idea the man could give a decent interview.

  3. Jeff Nguyen Says:

    Props to Brand for saying what many of us are thinking. This is a good example of pushing the narrative out of the acceptable boundaries of what passes for “respectable” discourse. Thanks for sharing this, PV.

    • Exactly Jeff, he’s got the balls to say what he thinks and is using his celebrity status for the betterment of humanity to spread the word and perhaps give the common folk the impetus to stand up and say enough. What he’s saying about starting again because what we are doing is not working strongly resonates. I’ve been meaning to share this all week but the ghost of the internet (or my computer) has been against me till now. Russell makes a very strong case. A very intelligent articulate chap.

  4. auntyuta Says:

    Christopher Goodfellow
    theguardian.com, Saturday 26 October 2013 02.02 AEST
    . . . . But the left is ripe for a unique, intelligent leader who can truly work with the protest movement. Often the underdog is simply the politician that breaks from the normal rhetoric and speaks in manner which sounds different to the existing political elite.

    Brand hasn’t put in the work, but the stage is set, so to speak. Paxman rather likes Brand too, and that’s probably something that would help should he take up my call and lead the revolution. And, if you look closely, he’s already made the implicit nod he’ll take up the mantle: “I don’t need the right [to be involved in politics] from you, I don’t need the right from anybody, I’m taking it.”

    “The existent political elite” is mentioned in the above comment. At present the voter has no alternative but to vote for the existent political elite of one of the two major parties who differ only slightly in what they want to achieve politically. For if you vote for one of the minor parties your vote does not really count. As far as I can see it is about the same in all the Western Democracies. For people who absolutely do want a change in policies there should be the opportunity to vote for a true alternative. I think many people who are as frustrated with the political system as Brand is, would welcome the chance to be able to vote for a change.

    • There is no alternative. I, like you wanted to believe our hard fought for votes meant something.
      This present political system is flawed and broken.
      Russell is saying he does not want to be a part of the old paradigm. He advocates for a total change – not politicians but “admin bods” which is really what politicians are or should be. Which is a type of public servant. The public is us – the tax payer – the majority. They should be looking after and serving us and not their corporate overlords and sponsors. It is reaching critical mass now, a tipping point before the crowd roars ENOUGH!

      • auntyuta Says:

        Come to think of it we should really all be some kind of public servants, namely do whatever is good for the general public. Not everyone has the same qualifications or abilities. We all need to keep learning right into old age and pass on the knowledge we have acquired. There are very well qualified and highly trained people in our society. We should value them for the work they do for the whole community.
        We should respect each other, not waste our energies abusing each other!
        I agree, our present political system seems to be rather flawed. “The existing political elite” may not want any changes. Someone belonging to this elite should point out to them that changes are necessary and genuinely welcome some new ideas by people who do not belong to the established ‘elite’.
        Personally I prefer a well functioning society to one where ‘chaos’ prevails. We need capable, well trained people for a well functioning society. But we also need new ideas for instance how corruption can be prevented. We definitely ought to introduce measures to slow down climate change as much as possible.

  5. tubularsock Says:

    How fun is this ……… Brand is not only funny but hits it right on the mark. Interesting interview with Paxman laying out the same old tried-and-true arguments and Brand refusing to be caught in the established traps. Beautiful! Thanks for the post PV.

    • Hi Tubular and you are welcome, just sharing the light. I think to be a comedian requires a great level of awareness and dare I say it genius. Yes I love the way he dodged the traps also. Sock on!

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