Extinction Rebellion leader says its not about climate — it’s about toxic white European racist heterosexists, especially old Brits
Basden o-chosen-one is here to save us from our delusions — if you thought fossil fuels caused climates to break, you are in denial. Storms and floods are really a symptom of the toxic infection that is European civilization!
Apparently even the IPCC are denialists that the real cause of bad weather is old white English men.
I’m so grateful to Stuart Basden, one of the first 15 XR founders, for explaining what XR is really about. Thanks to Charles the moderator at WUWT, and Chris D for sending the Medium essay.
Share this link widely I say, the more people who read this the better.
by Stuart Basden
… I’m here to say that XR isn’t about the climate. You see, the climate’s breakdown is a symptom of a toxic system of that has infected the ways we relate to each other as humans and to all life. This was exacerbated when European ‘civilisation’ was spread around the globe through cruelty and violence (especially) over the last 600 years of colonialism, although the roots of the infections go much further back.
Feel the hate.
As Europeans spread their toxicity around the world, they brought torture, genocide, carnage and suffering to the ends of the earth. Their cultural myths justified the horrors, such as the idea that indigenous people were animals (not humans), and therefore God had given us dominion over them. This was used to justify a multi-continent-wide genocide of tens of millions of people. The coming of the scientific era saw this intensify, as the world around us was increasingly seen as ‘dead’ matter — just sitting there waiting for us to exploit it and use it up. We’re now using it up faster than ever.
Thought I was joking about old English men?
Euro-Americans violently imposed and taught dangerous delusions that they used to justify the exploitation and reinforced our dominance, while silencing worldviews that differed or challenged them. The UK’s hand in this was enormous, as can be seen by the size of the former British empire, and the dominance of the English language around the world. There is stark evidence that everyday racial bias continues in Britain, now, today. It’s worth naming some of these constructed delusions that have been coded into societies and institutions around the world:
The delusion of white-supremacy… blah…etc
The delusion of patriarchy,… Eurocentrism, The delusions of hetero-sexism/heteronormativity and class hierarchy
Note the reasoning: “If you don’t agree with me you are a brain-dead idiot”:
To focus on the climate’s breakdown (the symptom) without focusing attention on these toxic delusions (the causes) is a form a denialism. Worse, it’s a racist and sexist form of denialism…
Make that a racist, sexist brain-dead idiot.
It appears this self hate is what happens when civilizations get too comfortable. There’s no cause to fight for anymore, all the big problems are solved, like dysentery, famine and small pox. There’s too much food, too much education, too much welfare, but not enough time to remember we are the luckiest generation on Earth.
Comments under the Medium article:
AKB Lndn says
Before I read this article, I thought XR was a movement I could support and believe in. Now, frankly, I’m just confused….
XR describes itself as movement that is ‘participatory, decentralised, and inclusive’. Yet here your are, ‘pulling rank’ in order to tell people what messages they should/shouldn’t be communicating….
XR purports to be an ‘apolitical network’ that wants to go ‘beyond politics’. Yet this article manifestly politicises the issue…..