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On last night’s edition of the BBC’s Newsnight, actor/comedian Russell Brand, told Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.

“I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Russell responded. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”

And with that, the first shots of a remarkable interview were fired.

Although the interview took place between two Englishmen, Brand often specifically mentioned the United States as a nation whose political system only serves a few.

“Over the course of the following ten-or-so minutes, Brand and Paxo volleyed back and forth over subjects ranging from political apathy, to corporate greed, to gorgeous beards.

Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.

After Brand reminded Paxman that he cried after learning that his grandma too had been “fucked over” by aristocrats, the Newsnight host was stunned into silence.

“If we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn’t we?” Brand crescendoed. “Why is that naive? Why is that not my right because I’m an ‘actor’? I’ve taken the right. I don’t need the right from you. I don’t need the right from anybody. I’m taking it.”

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Bill Gates Says “That’s just justice,” to Raise the Taxes of the Rich!

Bill Gates said in an interview with the BBC that his taxes need to be raised. Taxes need to go up on the rich, he said. “That’s just justice.”

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You won’t see anything like this on the US corporate news media. Australian economist Steve Keen calls for debt write downs to help save the economy. During this BBC interview, Keen suggests that the current generation coming into adulthood needs to resort to violence in order to bring about real change. See the video below for the full interview.

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