The Five Things Extinction Rebellion Does Not Want You to Know About Extinction Rebellion

The surprisingly successful Extinction Rebellion is running a con game on everyone, especially their own followers. Ostensibly the standard bearer of the “Keep It in the Ground” movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR) is actually on a mission to topple governments, destroy the global economy, and “replace representative democracy.” At least according to the architect of the XR movement, Roger Hallam.

Before he started getting mainstream media coverage, Hallam—a failed organic carrot farmer who “decided to take down the system because I didn’t like it very much”—was much more candid about his real ambition with XR. Following are five things he admitted about XR that he doesn’t want you to know.


“Name of the game, you’ve got to bring down all the regimes in the world, ideally simultaneously, and replace them.”

“The practical implementation happens by paralyzing major cities with masses of people. Disabling traffic for a sufficiently long period of time would result in food shortages. Once that happens the regime will fall.”

This should come as quite a surprise to the thousands of XR protester who were told the reason for shutting down traffic in London for nearly two weeks last April was to draw attention to the issue of climate change.



“Arguments about the need to ‘protect the economy,’ ignoring that the current economy is taking us over a cliff into collapse, simply cannot hold up. So, let’s be clear. A Climate Emergency is not a rhetorical call for accelerated climate action, it’s a call for a major transition of the economy. There is simply no other way to get the job done. … It will mean shutting down cities, shutting down companies and if necessary, shutting down parts of the economy.”



"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."

Protesters should be ready to cause disruption through “personal sacrifice … You need about 400 to go to prison and you need two to three thousand people to get arrested ... If necessary, they should be willing to die.”



“When a society reaches a point of extreme imbalance then only a revolutionary episode can be successful in reorienting it. This reorientation is concretized through a replacement of representative democracy … with a National Citizens’ Assembly.

This National Citizens’ Assembly would then create regional and city Citizens’ Assemblies so as to facilitate the decentralization of power. The National Citizens’ Assembly would create a new written constitution which would ensure such assemblies were a permanent fixture of our political life.”



“A key part of our strategy will be to sell the plan to a critical mass of the liberal elite ‘defectors’ as well as to the 1% of the general population who will lead the disruption.”

That would be the same “1%” who believe this movement is about the climate. But according to Stuart Basden, one of the original co-founders of Extinction Rebellion, it clearly isn’t.

“Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the climate. It’s not even about ‘climate justice.’ If we only talk about the climate, we’re missing the deeper problems plaguing our culture … It’s a call to the XR community to never say we’re a climate movement. Because we’re not. We’re a Rebellion.”