XR Flashes Its Anarchist Goals to Reassure Its Militant Flank

The leaders of Extinction Rebellion—that global juggernaut that has become standard-bearer of the “Keep It in the Ground” movement almost overnight—are having an identity crisis.

They desperately want to tell the world that their true mission is “to bring down all the regimes in the world,” but they recognize that “that adopting a strong anti-capitalist stance would be movement suicide.”

In an effort to placate the militant flank of the movement which is pressuring XR to more be more vocal about their anti-capitalist mission, XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook has embarked on a bit of an apology tour.

“We’re obviously about systemic change. I hope that’s obvious,” Bradbrook said in an interview with The Canary, a non-profit news website that “empowers people to change their worlds.”

“If you look at the ‘rising up’ documentation behind XR, we talk about the economy, and the political system,” she said. “But we’re trying to build a mass social movement so you’ve got to message in a way that’s going to work for other people. We were so determined not to look like a certain version of progressive left that is [anti-capitalist] ... I think we went too far the other way to be honest.”

That’s quite an admission of deception from the co-founder of the movement that has captivated people around the globe who were told—and who believe—that XR’s mission is about addressing climate change.

But it falls in line with the thinking of Roger Hallam, XR’s “central architect” who, on a video posted just days ago, said it was fine to take money from “rich capitalists” because that money will be used to create the “mass mobilization needed to structurally change the global economy in the next 12 months.”

On October 7, thousands of activists will attempt to “peacefully shut down all roads” within the city centers of major metropolitan areas across Europe and the U.S. and maintain that shutdown “for as long as it takes,” ostensibly to “disrupt the government until our leaders agree to take emergency action” on climate change.

But Hallam and the other XR leaders have different plans: they want to topple governments.

“The practical implementation [of government collapse] happens by paralyzing major cities with masses of people,” Hallam admits in this video. “Disabling traffic for a sufficiently long period of time would result in food shortages. Once that happens the regime will fall.”

It’s unfortunate so many idealistic youngsters are being duped into serving as the ground troops for these cynical anarchists.