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Jan 31, 2023 Frank Cappello
On this week’s Lever Time: David is joined by Russell Brand to discuss his evolution from comedian to political content creator, and we interview the authors of Chokepoint Capitalism.
🎧 LEVER TIME: Where Spirituality Meets Politics (w/ Russell Brand)

In the new episode of our  weekly podcast Lever Time, David Sirota is joined by comedian, actor, and author Russell Brand for a long-form conversation about Russell’s evolution from comedian to political content creator. In the last few years, Russell has built a significant online following, where his brand of anti-establishment, pro-spirituality intellectualism has garnered him more than six million subscribers on YouTube. David asks Russell about his ideological development, as well as some of the criticisms that have been levied against him, including how some of his content could be construed as “conspiracy theories” (11:50).

In addition, David breaks down The Lever’s recent reporting on the defamation lawsuit against Beto O’Rourke that could set a dangerous precedent when it comes to criticizing billionaires (4:45).

A rough transcript of the episode is available here.

BONUS: Lever Time Premium, our extended weekly podcast for supporting subscribers, features David's interview with journalist Cory Doctorow and law professor Rebecca Giblin about their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back. The book explores how tech companies tightly control the access to their platforms that allow them to shake down consumers and artists alike.

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