The planet is fucked, and it will be the poor who pay the price. It is happening now in some parts of the world where climate change has already begun to cause devastation. And without radical change, this is only going to get worse, much worse.
That doesn’t mean we are heading for social collapse in a decade as some of those in the growing environmental movement predict. More likely we will see a drawn out struggle for survival, as more and more parts of the planet become uninhabitable and competition for increasingly scarce resources escalates. As such we are likely to see the intensification of states and armies and borders, not their demise. And that is why any struggle against climate change must be a class struggle, that seeks not to abandon those fleeing sites of climate disaster, but instead builds a movement based on solidarity and mutual aid that places the blame for the fucked planet where it truly belongs – at the feet of the rich and the economic system that supports them.
It is capitalism that is killing the planet, the endless search for never ending growth to line the pockets of bosses, landlords and bankers. It is the rich who need to change their lifestyles not those already struggling to survive. And they won’t, they won’t change a fucking thing unless we make them.
The growth of Extinction Rebellion (XR) has shown there is a new and bold desire amongst the young to build the kind of movement necessary to at least stop the impact of ever increasing carbon emissions from getting any worse. Everyone who has taken to the streets or been arrested deserves credit and support. But passive non violence and mass arrests alone will not bring the change we need to see. And neither will citizen’s assemblies and other tokenistic gestures that are likely to see capitalism remain largely untouched.
The truth is that the kind of ultra passivity that the leadership of XR insist is necessary will in the end trouble neither capital nor states. Telling the cops what you plan to do in advance will only mean they stop you doing it. Parting the way as police drag people into the back of vans turns the clearance of hard fought for blockades into little more than a production line that just requires enough police, in the right place, to labouriously cart everyone off. It may be an annoyance, it may cause faux outrage amongst the right wing press, but at the end of the day London will return to normal and life will go on as before.
I walked round and watched the ease with which the last XR protest was finally driven from the streets. It was a depressing spectacle as property was destroyed and bodies bundled into vans. The police looked bored, the protesters were largely compliant and seemed more interested in penance than victory. Those arrested were cheered by a crowd that seemed determined to make the police’s task as trouble free as possible. I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if those assembled had sat in front of police vans, or generally made a nuisance of themselves, instead of applauding politely. There is considerable space between chucking bricks at coppers and the kind of extreme pacifism where arrest is fetishised as victory that the XR leadership promotes. An examination of that space, and what could be achieved within it, should be an urgent task for all those involved with XR.
To truly build a movement that will strike fear into those destroying our planet for profit a diversity of tactics is needed. There are many who will willingly take direct action, and risk arrest, but are not prepared to hand themselves over on a platter. There are those who will not passively stand by should police choose to employ force against peaceful protesters – and do not think for a second they won’t. The state has the perfect answer, every time, to non violence. That XR have not seen baton charges and bruises merely demonstrates that, as yet, they have not become a sufficient enough threat to public order. Only a movement that encompasses all of us, however we choose to resist, is likely to prove effective in bringing the radical changes that are necessary.
This is difficult to achieve but not impossible. In the past anarchists have worked with Quakers and NGOs with militants to combine forces, respecting each other’s right to fight back in the manner of their own choosing and creating time and space in which to do so. No-one should be forced or shamed into doing anything that makes them uncomfortable or compromises their values, but all can act in the spirit of non-judgemental solidarity towards a shared goal. There is a place for non-violence, and a place for showing your teeth, and any environmental movement that has any chance of winning needs to accommodate both.
This week a series of events are taking place organised by the Green Anticapitalist Front who recently hit the headlines after occupying the abandoned Paddington Police Station. A range of talks, workshops and film screenings will culminate in a demonstration in the City of London on Friday 28th Feb. Events are also taking place in other parts of the UK. A strong, angry and militant turn out could be the beginning of the movement we need to start to bring an end to climate chaos. For details of all events visit their website and please spread the world. The future kind of depends on it.
You can also follow them on twitter @FrontGreen whilst details of Friday’s protest can be found on facebook.
You are talking CRAP! Such a huge subject with all the management of resources and needs of engineering and knowledge of climate and eco systems is not going to change or be managed by scruffy stupid protests on the streets.
Most protestors do not know how to pick up their own rubbish.
Or as one protest organiser with megaphone on Westminster Bridge said to me as qualified health professional and nurse who worked in A&E head injuries, trauma and burns units and with trauma victims
Demo Organiser with MegaPhone: “What can we do to help the NHS?”
Me: “Well you can cut down on violence and arson filling our wards and A&E departments, You can cut down on alcohol and drugs which also take up 80% of NHS resources and admissions, wards and A&E.Not just addiction and illness but also all the rapes and domestic violen, child abuse and baby battering, and head injuries and stabbings and shootings we have to deal with
and… HAVE A WASH
Megamouth: “Urgh.I dont want to do all that.!
Me: Then Fuck Off with You and Your Megaphone.
When you have riots we have to abandon everyone else and everyone elses needs including babies and people with heart attacks. So start with yourselves first, and as A&E nurse done charge through my ward looking for drugs or opposition and disturbing patients and having fights and trying to stab each other in wards and A&E.
Anarchy and violence and chaos is not the answer, or even a beginning to sort anything out. And wont sort out climate change or global polution either.
Where on earth have you been , you are really fucked in the head comig back. used to support you and worried when you disappeared and asked around thinking a disappearance had been arranged.
You really are sounding like a deludded wanker, need intelligence and brains and ability not this crap. can go on demos and protests and sit ina squat all you like, not going to change anything
You’re very cross aren’t you. Could I recommend rioting, it could be just the tonic you need.
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What a load of unmitigated shit, there is precisely zero scientific evidence that the less than 1% of the worlds c02 we generate has any impact on the climate whatsoever.
‘I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, someone else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition; as it is now the capitalists use your heads and your hands’
— Eugene Debs
Sean you are very rude. Mr Void has a right to his opinion and is definitely more polite in his comments than you.
For the record, comments which are off topic, reems of cut and paste, abusive, racist or just shit will be removed.
Thanks for a great read. XR have departed from some of the tenets and practices of environmental activism, and I know some anarchist and enviros are pissed off with them for it, and not without good cause.
Still, I think they are headed in a different direction: trying to get a much larger number of people to participate than you might do with more ‘traditional’ activism, and with some degree of success. Small groups of XR activists have been doing a large variety of actions, not all of which are of the tame, police accommodating type you describe above. So I think there is definitely a place for XR in our fight against climate change. Not the answer, but as part of the activistwhole.
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In order to pull off a hoax of the magnitude of the Coronavirus pandemic you have to count on all your players keeping quiet.
Rising numbers of deaths will prompt some of these covert figures to have second thoughts as their arses begin to pucker. Keep your eyes open for any mysterious deaths within high finance or big pharma as the rest of the members close ranks to kill off those who pose a threat to the most evil regime ever released on fellow human beings.
The powers that concocted this stunt will already have been vaccinated with an anti viral that is set to produce a sickening amount of profit when the share price hits the expected target in about eighteen months time.
The release of the virus coincided nicely with the fact that an economic crisis that would make 2008’s debacle look small fry was waiting just around the corner.
America has been printing money via the release of worthless bonds and the gaping irregularities would soon be exposed. America and it’s corrupt governance within the Federal Reserve saddling a whopping lie that needed to be covered up fast.
Britain playing it’s part in the big scam by imposing it’s austerity on it’s poorest as the magic money tree shoveled vast stolen wealth into the pockets of legislators paid billions via lobbying dirty money.
Already we are hearing claims that the pandemic is actually lowering Co2 levels. You are being brainwashed by the actions of a Davos Doomsday Cult who treat human lives as a currency to power and increased riches within their own group.
They are leeching your savings, investments, pensions and livelihoods as we speak.
That one percent we hear of so often, pissing on you from a great height as you huddle together to fight for your lives wondering where your next crumb will come from.
Wake up and start to realise who will prosper from the crime of the century?
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