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Frieda's Extinction Rebellion talk power point


We need all the allies we can get, and the Extinction Rebellion folks make a really strong case for the seriousness of the crisis and the need for drastic measures. But they are explicitly apolitical, seemingly assuming that civil disobedience alone will win the fight. To challenge the entire political/economic system, which we as ecosocialists know is to blame, we need political power. In my view, our focus should be on how to get that.
Hi Michael, thank you for this comment. I agree with you. This is why I have devoted much effort to building the Green Party where I am. Although it is a politically diverse group, at least there is agreement on challenging the two party system in the US. Unfortunately, challenging the entire political/economic system is still very controversial. Extinction Rebellion probably rightly understands that a mass movement must rely on tactics that there is at least broad sympathy for - such as civil disobedience.
It seems the idea of putting energy behind an independent political party and proposing alternatives to capitalism are equally taboo. How we turn the tide on this should be our central task.