"Given that the planet is being destroyed. Given that there is economic disparity of a huge degree. What are you saying? There’s no alternative? Just this system? ... But it’s not that 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 has now reached fever pitch where you have a disenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass that are not being represented by that political system, so voting for it is tacit complicity with that system and that’s not something I’m offering up ... the apathy doesn’t come from us, the people. The apathy comes from the politicians. They are apathetic to our needs, they’re only interested in servicing the needs of corporations ... The planet is being destroyed, we are creating an underclass, we’re exploiting poor people all over the world and the genuine, legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by our political class ... I think a socialist egalitarian system, based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment… I think they should be taxed. I think the very concept of profit should be hugely reduced ... And this system currently doesn’t address these ideas. And so why would anyone vote for it? Why would anyone be interested in it? ... I’m calling for change. I’m calling for genuine alternatives ... Stop voting. Stop pretending. Wake up. Be in reality now. Time to be in reality now. Why vote? We know it’s not going to make any difference ... 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 ... I say when there is a genuine alternative, a genuine option, then vote for that. But until then, pffft, don’t bother. Why pretend? Why be complicit in this ridiculous illusion? ... There’s gonna be a revolution. It’s totally going to happen. I ain’t got a flicker of doubt. This is the end. This is time to wake up."

Zum Transcript des Interviews mit Russell Brand, geführt von Jeremy Paxman, ursprünglich erschienen auf BBC Newsnight (23. Oktober 2013) »

Zum Artikel von Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed "Comedian Russell Brand takes on the crisis of civilisation. But what now?", erschienen im Guardian (25. Oktober 2013) »