A Very Ugly Movement

What is the point of Extinction Rebellion? In London there has been demonstrations, arrests, people chaining themselves to objects and similar stunts because Extinction Rebellion wants governments to declare a climate emergency. Extinction Rebellion proposes to persuade governments to do this by non-violent civil disobedience. The movement (and the demonstrations) have been supported by actors actresses, models and other well-known people who all believe that the democratic process has failed to deal with climate change and therefore other measures are required.  

Non-violent civil disobedience is an important tradition of protest. Henri Thoreau refused to pay a proportion of taxes that was used to finance an unjust war. Ghandi use it to bring independence and democracy to India.  Extinction Rebellion is apparently using civil disobedience to achieve three demands:

  1. Governments around the world tell the truth about climate change; this demand is impossible to meet because what is the truth about a topic that is probably the most complex (scientifically) known to humanity?  I expect what Extinction Rebellion really mean is that governments should adopt what Extinction Rebellion states is the truth.
  • Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. There is no hint of how governments are to do this. Does anyone know how this can be achieved short of wiping out, directly or indirectly, most of humanity?
  • Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens Assembly on climate change and ecological justice. I find this demand rather chilling and very frightening.  This reminds me of the justification of all tyrants who have displaces the democratic process. Fulfilment of this demand would mean denying the democratic process and giving power over our lives to Citizens Assemblies, no doubt made up of members of Extinction Rebellion.

Extinction Rebellion seems a very ugly movement.

3 Responses

  1. The Russian Revolution, the French Revoulution and the American War of Independence were mostly grass root movements resulting from impoverishment and injustice suffered by the majority populace.

    In my view, Extinction Rebellion is actually the antithesis of rebellion. It is not grass roots. Like Greta Thunberg it’s a ‘set up’ It is not the result of mass impoverishment or injustice. It is just a ‘front’ for a power grab by the ‘haves’ over the ‘have nots’ (i.e. Citizen’s Assembly)

    Its co founder Roger Hallam is an anarchist and was registered for a PhD study in Civil Disobedience at Kings College. The co founder Gail Bradbrook is a ‘pagan’ (whatever that means!) and has suffered major pshychological trauma due to drug overdose using Puerto Rican ayhuasca. The organisation is rich and well funded. It has £millions such that it has just spent £1M in October buying equipment and fancy dress ‘outfits’ Unfortunately, the cost of the resulting disruption will dwarf that sum.

    It is funded by secretive means although Aileen Getty has announced a donation £0.5M. Aileen Getty herself has led a charmed, tragic and drug fuelled life. Many of the activists are related to the rich and idle of society. Like Tasmin Osmond who is the granddaughter of Dorset baronet Sir Thomas Lees. She went to public school (Westminster) and Trinity College, Cambridge. Interestingly, not one of the upper echelons seems to ever had a real world job.

    So, with friends like that, sincere Climate Change activists need no enemies.

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