The Extinction Rebellion Connection

September 26, 2019

by John McClaughry

Last week’s Climate Strike mercifully stopped short of massive civil disobedience, but it’s worth taking a look at the organization that collaborated with and VPIRG to train Vermont youths to do that. Ken Braun has done  that in a recent report from the Capital Research Center.

Last April the UK based Extinction Rebellion – known as XR – was already strong enough to deploy thousands of demonstrators onto the streets of London. In the process, they invaded a handful of major traffic thoroughfares, blocked them, and held them for eleven days. The uprising snarled traffic, required the deployment of 10,000 police officers… and led to more than 1,100 arrests.”

“Extinction Rebellion announced its goal to ‘shut down London.’ It turned up the heat and called for reinforcements: ‘This movement is the best chance we have of bringing down capitalism. Get on board…’ That last, perhaps too-revealing tweet was later deleted.”

“Another April entry from the XR Twitter account quotes an opinion piece from the Guardian: ‘Our choice comes down to this. Do we stop life to allow capitalism to continue, or stop capitalism to allow life to continue?’”

“Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam declared  ‘We are going to force the governments to act. And if they don’t we will bring them down and create a democracy fit for purpose. And yes, some may die in the process.’”

Vermont’s ingenuous climate protestors, and their enablers at and VPIRG,  should rethink their alliance with radical revolutionary groups like XR.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

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Mike September 27, 2019 at 9:28 pm

Wonder if this looney toon has ever heard about a thing called elections? If you have beef with elected officials, vote for your fellow loney toon, and if there are enough like minded voters, your candidate will get elected. However, if you are one of those kooks in the vocal minority with a fellow kook running and you lose, tough cookie.


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