March of madness: Extinction Rebellion is a primal death cult

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March of madness: Extinction Rebellion is a primal death cult

Their real agenda is to destroy industrial capitalism and reduce the world to a state of pre-industrial destitution

Ross Clark

With bourgeois baby boomers bopping goofily to techno music in Trafalgar Square, hemp-trousered “crusties” obstructing London’s bridges as they sit cross-legged on yoga mats, and even the likes of the UK prime minister’s father on board, Extinction Rebellion (XR) has sometimes resembled a wellness festival for ageing hippies meets a sit-in by the National Trust.

But dig a little deeper and it is clear where Extinction Rebellion’s roots lie – in the anti-capitalist, anti-globalisation movement, which a few years ago was lobbing bricks through the windows of McDonald’s.

At the heart of Extinction Rebellion is its central demand that carbon emissions be slashed to net zero by 2025. No serious person thinks this could be achieved in just six years without a devastating blow to living standards – the UK government’s own committee on climate change has advised that 2050 is the earliest date it might be possible without crashing the economy...

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