Russell Brand hates "Morning Joe" and Sean Hannity as much as you do. No one will confuse his new book "Revolution" with books by Thomas Piketty, Noam Chomsky or David Graeber. But Brand spent time with each of those brilliant leftist thinkers while writing this book, and he's translated those ideas into something sly and radical -- a passionate call for genuine change and real action on inequality and militarism that works as a sound bite on David Letterman's couch. Push past some of the celebrity dreck and some spiritual mumbo-jumbo and Brand articulates a pretty impressive progressive agenda, and knowingly savages the right-wing media machine.
His argument is a simple one: The system works, but for the rich. Both parties defend the economic interests of the elites. Politicians and the media distract and divide the rest of us, keeping people fearful but entertained. Voting is a charade that makes people feel they have a voice, but given the narrowness of the options and the rules of the game, that's merely an illusion.
"We are not trying to supplant a perfect system," he writes, "we are not competing with justice, we are intervening in a gallingly unequal and corrupt system on the brink of Armageddon."