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article imageRussell Brand: Elites don't follow their own rules

By Alex Allen     Mar 10, 2014 in Politics
In a follow up to his interview with Oprah Winfrey, comedian and political activist Russell Brand breaks down the "war on drugs" in a new YouTube video.
If you don't know that Russell Brand is a recovering drug addict, you've probably never heard of Russell Brand. The 38-year-old British comedian has been very open about his past and has even used his experiences with drug addiction to reach other people. In 2012, he testified before the British Parliament on drug addiction. He also had a heated drug debate with Peter Hitchens on BBC's Newsnight.
Earlier this week, Brand appeared on the OWN network for a one-on-one conversation with Oprah Winfrey on his experiences with drugs. He spoke about how an addict regards the issue of drug addiction, the recent passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and his hopes for a more "compassionate" approach to the issue of drug addiction. He also spoke about his "addictive personality" and his desire to "fix internal problems with external things."
In a follow up to his interview with Oprah, Russell Brand has now released a video on YouTube further explaining his problems with the criminality of drugs. He started off the video by explaining that there were some things he didn't say in his interview with Oprah because he didn't want to seem "rude" or "offensive."
In the video, titled "The Revolution Needs You: A Message From Russell Brand," Brand focused on the hypocrisy of politicians and elitists supporting the war on drugs when many of them have admittedly used street drugs themselves. As he pointed out, the last three presidents of the United States have admitted to drug use and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has not denied having used drugs.
"There's one rule for most people and another, much better, rule for the elites that govern us," said Brand. He also pointed out that failure of most people to pay taxes will result in imprisonment while a small number of people at the top don't have to pay anything.
Brand is starting a "global movement" on these issues and is encouraging people to join in by filling out their information on the "Revolution" section of his website.
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