To commemorate the one year anniversary of their inaugural call to action, those rascally environmental activists, Extinction Rebellion launched their International Rebellion Campaign on October 7th, 2019. As the discerning reader of this blog knows, Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an environmental pressure group with the stated aim of using non-violent, civil disobedience to compel government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Founded in May of 2018 in the UK, an initial group of 100 academics, horrified at humanity’s seeming indifference to what has been called the sixth mass extinction or: Anthropocene Extinction, XR published their 3 demands…
1) Tell the truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2) Act Now
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3) Beyond Politics
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
"We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all."
XR’s various “Operations” have drawn both praise and criticism from various critics. Some say that XR is an elitist, upper middle-class Death Cult, hell-bent on hounding us back into the stone age…
“This is a millenarian movement that might speak of science, but which is driven by sheer irrationalism. By fear, moral exhaustion and misanthropy. This is the deflated, self-loathing bourgeoisie coming together to project their own psycho-social hang-ups on to society at large. They must be criticised and ridiculed out of existence.”
“What is most astonishing about the Extinction Rebellion phenomenon is what an easy ride these people get in the media and from political types. They are treated as wise and radical defenders of reason and the future. Please. These people are a menace to good sense, rationality, truth and progress. Their predictions of hellfire if we don't cut carbon emissions by 2025 are pure bunkum. They lie and spread fear and disrupt hard-working people's lives.”
Others say that XR may be annoying, but they have a point…
“Some people will inevitably dismiss Extinction Rebellion protesters as troublemakers and criminals. But their actions must be assessed against the big picture. The world’s best climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that if global warming is not kept below the 1.5℃ limit, Earth’s natural and human systems will suffer dire consequences. The legitimacy of Extinction Rebellion’s disobedience must be weighed against the wrongs that triggered it.”
“As Extinction Rebellion causes chaos in our cities, we must avoid superficial, kneejerk reactions. Whatever your views on civil disobedience, the climate emergency would be far less serious if governments had taken action decades ago. Further inaction will only lead to more numerous and active social movements, driven by the same mixture of love and rage that provoked Extinction Rebellion.”
So are the Extinction Rebels saints or sinners? …righteous activists or death cultists? We leave this question to the discerning reader to decide. However… the tactics employed by XR have all the trappings of a classic Operation MindF#@k! Their use of creativity, street theatre of the absurd and especially non-violence, all are critical components of any good OM…
From the Operation MindF#@k archives: "It is critical to remember that all types of violence are strictly prohibited in any Mindf#@k operation. Violence is unimaginative and detestable... Use of violence defeats the purpose of any OM, by resorting to the very tactics that are utilized by the brutally repugnant regimes that the Mindf#@k operation seeks to expose."
Such tactics are a most-effective and humorous way at striking back against the Empire. As always, we at Tek-Gnostics advocate a non-violent campaign in any resistance efforts. Never stoop so low as to use the Empire's own dark and sinister methods of tyranny and violence. Be smarter than that. Meet the dominator/predator paradigm with imaginative tactics... and beat them at their own game!