Russell Brand – Call for Revolution, Pt. 2 [Interview with BBC Newsnight]
PART TWO. READ PART ONE HERE.
There are many people who would agree with you...but if they were take you seriously and not vote--
Yeah, they shouldn’t vote. [*Looks directly at camera*] Don’t bother voting. You see, these little valves, these sort of like cozy little valves: recycling and Prius. It stops us reaching the pit point. This is enough now. Stop voting. Stop pretending. Wake up. Be in reality. Time to be in reality now. Why vote? We know it’s not going to make any difference. We know that already.
So let’s approach this optimistically. You’ve spent your whole career berating and haranguing politicians, and then when a comedian like me says, ‘They’re all worthless. What’s the point of engaging in anything,’ you have a go at me because I’m not poor anymore. I’m sorry.
I’m just asking why we should take you seriously when you’re so unspecific.
Firstly, I don’t mind if you don’t me seriously. I’m here just to draw attention to a few ideas. I’m saying, there are people with alternative ideas that are far better qualified than I am and far better qualified, more importantly, than the people who are currently doing that job. Because they’re not attempting to solve these problems. They’re attempting to placate the population. Their measures that they’re currently taking around climate change are indifferent, will not solve the problem.
We can no longer have erroneous, duplicitous systems held in place unless it’s for the service--only systems that serve the planet and serve the population of the planet can be allowed to survive. Not ones that serve elites, be they political or corporate elites. And this is what’s currently happening.
What I’m saying is that within the existing paradigm, the change is not dramatic enough, not radical enough, so you can well understand public disturbances and public dissatisfaction, when there are not genuine changes and genuine alternatives being offered. I say, when there is a genuine alternative, a genuine option, then vote for that. Until then, don’t bother. Why pretend, why be complicit in this ridiculous illusion?
Because by the time somebody comes along you might think it worth voting for it may be too late.
I don’t think so, because the time is now. These movements are already occurring. It’s happening everywhere. We’re in a time when communication is instantaneous and there are communities all over the world--the Occupy movement made a difference even if only in that it introduced to the popular public lexicon the idea of the 1% versus the 99%. The people for the first time in a generation are aware of massive corporate and economic exploitation. These things are not nonsense, and these subjects are not being addressed.
No one’s doing anything about tax havens. No one’s doing anything about their political affiliations and financial affiliations of the Conservative Party. So until people are addressing things that are actually real, why wouldn’t I be facetious? Why would I take it seriously? Why would I encourage a constituency of young people that absolutely indifferent to vote? Why would we? Aren’t you bored? Aren’t you more bored than anyone?
I’m surprised you can be facetious when you’re that angry about it.
I am angry. I am angry because for me it’s real. Because for me it’s not just some peripheral thing...for me, this is what I come from, this is what I care about.
Do you see any hope?
Yeah, totally. There’s gonna be a revolution. It’s totally going to happen. I ain’t got a flicker of doubt that this is the end. This is time to wake up.
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