'300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans' - Russel Brand
Brand sat down with the BBC’s “Newsnight” to discuss his temporary position as the guest editor of the New Statesman magazine. The conversation began with Jeremy Paxman, a journalist known for his combative and aggressive tone, pressing Brand on why the public should take his opinion seriously when considering the fact that Brand has never voted.
“I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Brand said. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”
"I am not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations", he added.
He also suggested that politicians were only interested in "serving the needs of corporations" and that an administrative system based on the "massive redistribution of wealth" should replace the status quo.
When asked why people should even listen to his viewpoint when he doesn't vote, Brand said: "I don't get my authority by a pre-existing paradigm that's quite narrow and only serves a few people."
Paxman asks Brand to describe what his revolution would look like.
“I think what it won’t be like is a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited underserved underclass being continually ignored, where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to continue the right of bankers receiving bonuses,” Brand said.
Paxman is unable to derail Brand, who comments on the newsman’s beard and urges him to grow it until he can tangle it with his armpit hairs, even when he calls the actor a “very trivial man.”
Before Paxman could contain Brand, he went on what could be one of his most in-depth philosophical rants about the future, and where we are all headed. He then called for a revolution for change.
"The planet is being destroyed, we are creating an underclass, exploiting poor people all over the world, and the genuine legitimate problems of the world are not being addressed by our political parties."
"There is going to be a revolution, it's totally going to happen. I don't have a flicker of doubt."
Voice of Russia, RT, BBC, Raw Story