Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a surprisingly new organisation. It seems to have originated in the UK in May 2018, barely 18 months ago:
Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action in support in October 2018, and launched at the end of October by Roger Hallam, Gail Bradbrook, Simon Bramwell, and other activists from the campaign group Rising Up!…
Extinction Rebellion wants to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown.
Some of its full-time members are paid. A year after its formation by a bunch of university academics, it acquired a Youth Wing. And now hundreds of XR activists are being arrested in London:
Extinction Rebellion arrests soar to over 1,000 in four days of protests.
Here’s Nigel Farage talking very civilly to one of them a few days ago:
What are they all about? They think we face extinction as a result of CO2-induced climate change, and we have to take drastic action to prevent it.
But it seems it’s actually much more than CO2 that they’re worried about, according to one of their co-founders:
The co-founder of Extinction Rebellion writes that the climate protest “isn’t about the climate” and is actually about toppling European civilisation and ending the idea that heterosexuality is “normal.”
In a lengthy article for Medium entitled ‘Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate’, Stuart Basden reveals the true goals of the far-left environmentalist action group.
Basden asserts that whatever climate problems exist can’t be fixed and that the movement should instead be focused on tearing down the entire system of western capitalism
So they’re neo-Marxists of some sort. Or watermelons: Green on the outside, Red on the inside. Who would have guessed?
In the lengthy article, whose title is “Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate“, the real problems are seen as White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Eurocentrism, Hetero-sexism, and Class Hierarchy.
According to Wikipedia, however, it is in fact about climate, and its stated aims are:
1) Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2) Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.
3) Government must create, and be led by the decisions of, a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.
And its “principles” include “a shared vision of change”, “momentum-driven organising”, “creating a culture that is healthy, resilient, and adaptable”, in the face of our current “toxic system”.
It uses words that are oddly familiar: “shared”, “achieve”, “challenge”, “change”, “collectively”, “planning”, “organise.” As soon as people use words like this, you know they’re Marxists of some kind. The same words have been in use for 100 years or more.
In short, the whole thing is pretty vague, and it would seem that already, within 18 months of its formation, its founders are at loggerheads with each other.
But clearly they really are highly organised, and highly effective. And they’ve already reached New York.
Whatever next? If something like this can spring up in 18 months, then soon they’ll be springing up in 18 weeks, or 18 days, or 18 hours.