Extinction Rebellion: Less Robespierre, more hellfire and brimstone eco-cult

Extinction Rebellion: Less Robespierre, more hellfire and brimstone eco-cult. By Brendan O’Neill.

They’re hardly fearsome radicals. They’re less Robespierre and more Rik from The Young Ones. …

To witness an XR protest is to understand what it must have been like in pre-modern times when there was no shortage of weird religious groups warning anyone who would listen that mankind would soon be consumed by hellfire. …

A gang of young XR activists marched in London behind a banner saying: “WE CAN’T EAT MONEY.” Do they know you can exchange money for food? …

The Industrial Revolution liberated humankind from enslavement to the land and from brutish, ignorant and short lives. And new industrial revolutions are doing the same for tens of millions of people today, from China to India to Brazil.

How arrogant of comfortable Westerners to demonise industry and growth, and to campaign against these things, just as other non-Western people are catching up with us and discovering the wonders of wealthier, longer lives.