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This movement is 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 in that it only introduced into the popular public lexicon the idea of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. People for the first time in a generation are aware of massive corporate and economic exploitation. These things are not nonsense and these are subjects that are not being addressed."

"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 in that it only introduced into the popular public lexicon the idea of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. People for the first time in a generation are aware of massive corporate and economic exploitation. These things are not nonsense and these are subjects that are not being addressed."

Russell Brand openly speaks against the current state of politics in an interview this week.

In Brand BBC in terview “Newsnight” to discussing 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.”

Paxman spent more than half of the ten minute interview pushing Brand to explain why he refused vote, challenging the comedian to expand on his mentality even as Brand overwhelmed Paxman with fresh ideas.

“I am not not voting out of apathy,” Brand said. “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…Why pretend? Why be complicit in this ridiculous illusion?”

Frustrated by his own failure to trip Brand, Paxman at one point calls the comedian a “very trivial man” and implies that the revolution Brand is advocating cannot be taken seriously.

“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 [British PM] Cameron and [British Chancellor] Osborne go to court to continue the right of bankers receiving bonuses,” Brand said.

When asked to guest edit the most recent issue of The New Statesman, Brand chose to structure the stories around the theme of revolution.

“This movement is already occurring, it’s happening everywhere,” he goes on. “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 in that it only introduced into the popular public lexicon the idea of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. People for the first time in a generation are aware of massive corporate and economic exploitation. These things are not nonsense and these are subjects that are not being addressed.”

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Commentary by Michael Shanklin