David Donaldson reviews 'Revolution' by Russell Brand

David Donaldson reviews 'Revolution' by Russell Brand

Revolution

by by Russell Brand

Century, $35 pb, 384 pp, 9781780893051

Russell Brand made headlines when he revealed in an animated interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted. Fresh from guest-editing an issue of New Statesman, Brand had issued a call to overthrow the system responsible for the income disparities and environmental degradation in the world today – but refused, or was unable, to explain how this would happen.

Revolution is Brand’s attempt to flesh out what this uprising would look like. Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the 100,000-word tome doesn’t outline why we need a revolution in any greater detail than the ten-minute interview. In fact, he never really argues anything in the generally accepted sense of the term – it is all so damned obvious he doesn’t need to.

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Published in March 2015, no. 369
David Donaldson

David Donaldson

David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin, and has written for The Guardian, The Drum, Crikey, Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Kill Your Darlings. He holds a Master of International Relations and lives in Melbourne.

David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin, and has written for The Guardian, The Drum, Crikey, Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Kill Your Darlings. He holds a Master of International Relations and lives in Melbourne

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