Russell Brand

Religion, politics, and ideas ofRussell Brand

Pantheist

Freedom of Religion Supporter

Needs Meaning

Distrusts Media

Neutral to Brexit

Disencourages Voting

Religion

Pantheist

1 Nov 2020

In a video from his own Youtube channel, Russell Brand said

So when you ask do I believe in God, the answer is yes I only believe in God, it’s the only thing I believe in, everything else arbitrary, everything else constructed, God I fundamentally believe in. [...] What do you mean by God, I mean my awareness, I believe that in a sense we are all Krishna or Christ or Buddha in our own life. [...] You can’t understand the universal mystery using a primates neural network.

Freedom of Religion Supporter

Needs Meaning

22 Apr 2020

In a video from his own Youtube channel, Russell Brand said

I firmly, deeply believe that spirituality is for me, not for me to tell other people oi I don’t reckon you should be gay, or I don’t reckon you should be allowed. [...] I do feel like when people think there’s no purpose or meaning, and that needn’t necessarily be just because of a belief in God, that it creates cultures that are oddly materialistic and nihilistic.
Political Views

Distrusts Politicians

20 Sep 2017

In an interview at BBC Newsnight, Russell Brand said

It was a reaction to politics at that time, which I think subsequently it’s bore out that a lot of people felt similarly that they were not offered viable alternatives.

Distrusts Politicians

Distrusts Media

23 Oct 2014

In an interview at BBC Newsnight, Russell Brand said

The time when people trust politicians that’s over, that era has passed. [...] The media play a vital role in managing the outcome of referendums.

Dislikes Democracy

23 Oct 2013

In an interview with Jeremy Paxman, while talking about democracy, Russell Brand said

Well, I don’t think it’s working very well Jeremy given that the planet is being destroyed, given that there is economic disparity to a huge degree.
Brexit

Neutral to Brexit

20 Sep 2017

In an interview at BBC Newsnight, Russell Brand said

Like most people I don’t really understand what Brexit means.
Elections

Disencourages Voting

23 Oct 2013

In an interview with Jeremy Paxman, Russell Brand said

They shouldn’t vote, that’s one thing should do, don’t bother voting… stop voting, stop pretending, wake up, be in reality now, why vote we know it’s not going to make any difference, we know that already.
Summary

Brand is a Hindu who regularly attends Hare Krishna services.

Brand's brand of politics is radical by conventional standards, but conventional by radical standards. He has called himself an anarchist and attends anti-capitalism, anti-globalization protests.

Editorial

Russel Brand was born in Grays, Essex, England.

Brand's childhood is a case-in-point manual of how not to live one's life. Between copious amounts of drugs, getting expelled from school repeatedly, anorexia, and self-mutilation, Brand was either the product of a non-religious or overly-religious family. My guess would be the former as he recounts how his father once took him to an East Asian whorehouse as a child.[1]

Religion, however, is what saved Brand in the end, who has now been drug-free for nearly a decade.[2] Specifically, the Hindu sect of Hare Krishna's meditation and self-reflection practices helped Brand channel his better self. Now, Brand considers himself a Hindu devotee and regularly attends Hare Krishna services.[3]

Being the funny man, Brand is able to poke fun at religion, whether it's Christianity[4] or his newly-adopted religion. He once said:

Hare Krishna devotees taught me reality is an illusion and that we ought to be bold when it comes to haircuts. Look at them, they look great.[5]

Brand might consider easing off of the jokes, though. Some claim that Brand was quite critical of ex-wife Katy Perry's evangelical parents and that this might have contributed to their divorce.[6]

Russell's brand of politics

Brand's films are silly and trite and designed for cheap laughs. That's why it is surprising to hear Brand speak or read his writing about his political beliefs. He is elegant and well-spoken and his words are powerful.

Brand considers himself an anarchist.[7] And his attendance at London's G20 summit protests would certainly align him with what western society's establishment infrastructure wrongly associates with anarchy.[8] I would say Brand is more anti-capitalist, possibly anarchist in the Rousseauian sense of the word, maybe socialist, but probably most influenced by his Hare Krishna Hindu beliefs. He once said of his attendance at these types of protests:

The sincere aspect of my attendance to these carnivals of disobedience is my instinctive mistrust of authority and innate belief that whilst we are different we are all equal and have a social culpability to care for every member of our society.[9]

Brand is consistently anti-consumerist, also a good reason to protest a G20 summit. He said:

One of the consequences of consumerism has been the commodification not only of commercial durables and consumer items, but also of our own emotions and desires.[10]

Surprisingly eloquent from a man whose bread and butter are the classic "dick and fart" jokes.

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