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How far is far enough in an emergency?

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The world is on fire and no one in power seems able to do anything about it. Natural disasters come in ever greater frequency and intensity, while “climate refugee” is no longer a notional term. Irreversible feedback loops, scientists warn, are rapidly approaching. We have 12 years — or maybe only 18 months. The crisis is already here. We are living the reality of climate change.

Politically, it seems we have two options; there is no longer any suitable centrist response to catastrophic climate change. On the far right is an emerging eco-fascism — a grim, selfish ideology that calls for hoarding resources, building walls to keep out refugees, and using brutal force to retain order as the world’s multiplying problems are consigned away as someone else’s responsibility. On the left, there is the possibility of what is optimistically described as eco-socialism — a drastic and immediate move toward a carbon-neutral society, with all of the redistribution of wealth and national priorities that entails.

But according to some front-line activists, in order to achieve the fundamental reordering of society needed to survive the climate crisis, a broader uprising is necessary. We must turn to direct action and disrupt the normal order of things. That’s the motto of groups like the Sunrise Movement, the youth-led climate campaigners who in November 2018 camped outside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez there offering support. As they and other student strikers like Greta Thunberg argue, we must refuse to do what’s expected of us. It must be, says Extinction Rebellion (XR), one of the fastest growing climate action groups, a full-scale revolt against a political class that won’t or can’t do what’s necessary.

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What that rebellion might look like is the question hovering over climate justice groups heading into a time of deepening crisis. Despite a growing public consensus over climate change, President Trump is content to lie, defang environmental regulations, and give a free hand to industry to build more fossil-fuel infrastructure. Some Democratic party members banged the drum for the Green New Deal — a massive jobs and infrastructure program that failed to advance in the Senate in a March vote — but the party’s feckless leadership offers a reminder that there is no climate savior in the political class. What then do we do? Can a mass movement of nonviolent protest shift the Overton window enough to provoke real political change?

London. November 17, 2018

London. November 17, 2018

Extinction Rebellion says it has the answer. On October 7, the organization plans to stage a series of protests in a number of major European and American cities. “October 7 is going to be the largest direct action in world history,” Gregory Schwedock, an early member of XR’s NYC chapter, told me over the phone. Although vague on details, Schwedock, 31, hopes that protesters will turn out en masse and shut down cities like Amsterdan and Paris for days, as XR protesters did in London earlier this year. The sense of ambition is matched by the utter seriousness of the moment.

“Be part of history,” Schwedock said. “Be able to tell your grandkids that you were there when the Western world was put on notice.”


Inspired as much as by the failures of past climate activist movements as their successes, Extinction Rebellion formed in 2018 in the United Kingdom. Roger Hallam, a King’s College political scientist who, in writings and speeches, has helped lay out strategy for a direct-action climate campaign, is credited as one of the cofounders, along with Gail Bradbrook, a molecular biophysicist who has said she was moved during a psychedelic trip to do something about the climate crisis. In October 2018, XR announced itself with the publication of a letter, signed by 94 British academics, declaring “a moral duty… to rebel to defend life itself.” The newly formed XR soon held a number of actions, including summoning thousands of people to shut down traffic throughout London and other British cities. (Bradbrook continues to argue for the ingestion of psychedelics as a form of protest against the criminalization of drugs.)

Relying largely on crowd-founding, non-hierarchical organizing, and the connections afforded by existing activist networks, XR quickly established chapters in dozens of cities throughout the world. (The New York City chapter has 5,000 people on its mailing list, with a dedicated core of 200 volunteers.) Believing that climate change is already here, with its effects deeply felt, XR wishes to communicate a sense of urgency. It has several demands, such as that governments “tell the truth” about the severity of the climate crisis by declaring a climate emergency — a rhetorical gesture meant to put more pressure on governments to implement climate-friendly legislation. They also want a rapid move to reduce emissions to zero by 2025 and the formation of people’s assemblies, which would help craft and enact climate justice policies. They want a swift realignment of our economic, political, and environmental priorities, and they want it immediately — for them, time has already run out.

The group is resolutely non-violent, though its members sometimes waffle on the question of whether that includes property damage.

XR employs many familiar direct-action strategies that activists use: blocking roads, marching with signs and bullhorns, die-ins. In July, members of the Washington, D.C. chapter glued themselves to one another and planted themselves in front of offices on Capitol Hill, with the intention of forcing legislators to talk to them (most passing politicos, according to The Intercept, simply walked around the protestors). XR has also piggybacked on existing media coverage, staging protests during events like the MTV Video Music Awards and London Fashion Week.

The group is resolutely non-violent, though its members sometimes waffle on the question of whether that includes property damage. (One can increasingly find the XR logo — an hourglass indicating that time is not on our side — spray-painted across various major American cities.) For now, to keep protests in check, the group employs de-escalation tactics, with specific XR members deputized to calm down rowdy group members or angry members of the public inconvenienced by an XR spectacle. Other XR members are assigned to act as liaisons with police (everyone else is encouraged not to talk to police).

A college physics major who then worked for a few years as a software engineer and founded an anti-factory farming organization, Schwedock has become perhaps the most visible face of XR NYC. He is one of the group’s handful of “climbers,” who scale buildings and public structures to unfurl massive banners declaring climate emergency. In January, as part of a call for a climate “rebellion,” he repelled down the Prometheus statue in Rockefeller Plaza, and in June, he climbed the awning of the New York Times Building to protest the paper’s climate coverage. Schwedock’s activism has roots in the Occupy movement — he was one of more than 700 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1, 2011 — and the Keystone Pipeline protests in 2016 and 2017. In 2014, he joined The Climate Mobilization movement, a group that advocates for a World War II-style economic effort to battle climate change; while there he worked on organizing, strategy, and, as he described it, a little bit of everything else. Raised in New York, he is now a full-time climate activist. (He declined to explain how he supports himself except to acknowledge that he is “very privileged.”)

Climbing buildings represents XR’s developing style of activism — at once playful, angry, and provocative toward its putative allies. On the day Schwedock climbed the Times building, a few hundred activists met in Bryant Park and then made their way, bullhorns in hand and police escort at their side, to the newspaper’s headquarters, where they began protesting what they claimed was the paper’s insufficiently alarmist coverage of the climate crisis. Schwedock was already there, along with two other activists, Yurié Collins and Niklas Moran. The three of them had hoisted themselves on top of the building’s glass and steel awning. Wearing climbing equipment, they calmly walked back and forth, preparing to unfurl a huge banner meant to look like a Times headline, which read, “Climate change = mass murder,” with “change” crossed out and replaced with “emergency.”

Another team unfurled a banner across the street at the Port Authority that read “Climate Emergency.” XR activists chanted slogans — “Report the urgency! This is a climate emergency!” — and cheered them on. Cops threatened arrests for anyone who stayed in the street. (Sixty-three people would eventually be arrested.) Times reporters, visibly confused, stared out their office windows, while a few tweeted miffed defenses of the paper’s climate coverage. Eventually, the banner being hung on the Times building dipped on one end, and police managed to pull it down, deflating the action’s spirit. An NYPD emergency services team arrived, ascended the awning, and arrested the trio of climbers without incident. The whole thing lasted less than an hour.

As for why XR chose the Times as their target of protest— and not, say, a more sinister foe like ConEd or a fossil-fuel company — Schwedock told me, “There’s a rule in lobbying: you spend the most time on your allies.” XR UK had done something similar, protesting Greenpeace in an early action, challenging the more established environmental group to think beyond its traditional strategies. The two groups later held a climate march together, and Greenpeace published an article lauding XR as “politically and scientifically sophisticated, armed with clear principles and strong research regarding the state of Earth’s ecosystems.” Regarding the Times, Schwedock said, the paper’s climate coverage wasn’t commensurate with the direness of the moment. “They should have a banner headline every day.”


Rather than public apathy or insufficient media interest, the biggest challenge facing XR is law enforcement. Some XR activists have already been arrested three or more times, and though they are only given violations — which require them to appear a month or two later in court, when the violation is usually dismissed — repeated arrests could lead to more serious charges, although no protesters have faced anything more than a misdemeanor. After the stunt at the Times building, Schwedock, Moran, and Collins were held overnight at the forbidding Manhattan Detention Center, otherwise known as “the Tombs.”

At their initial arraignment, Schwedock, Collins, and Moran were charged with several misdemeanors; at a later hearing their lawyer, Wylie Stecklow, a civil rights attorney, talked the district attorney down to disorderly conduct, which is a violation and not a crime. The trio, who raised $2,200 to pay for their defense, would have to do one day of community service. (“He did amazing work,” Collins said of Stecklow. “We’re very fortunate.”)

There’s concern among XR members about undercover police attending their meetings and infiltrating the group, but given its interest in maintaining openness and accessibility, such a scenario may be impossible to avoid. XR members speak vaguely of compartmentalization — adopting a “need to know” information policy — and urge the use of Signal, the encrypted messaging app, but their op-sec doesn’t extend much beyond that. The planned October 7 rally, for example, is far from secret, though some of its details — where protesters will mobilize, which public spaces they plan to disrupt, etc — appear to be closely held. But these may be the necessary trade-offs for rapidly growing a movement. (In the UK, a more draconian state response may also be looming; one nonviolent XR activist, after telling doctors about his intent to be arrested at a protest, was reported to counter-terrorism police. Policy Exchange, a prominent British think tank, has already issued a report describing XR UK as extremists requiring a more “proactive” police response.)

A related question looming over XR is: Will they escalate their tactics? Will unfurling large banners and obstructing traffic (with the cooperation of police) shift to property damage, unsanctioned marches, or storming coal mines? Some XR leaders broach this issue carefully, acknowledging that they don’t support property damage for its own sake — at one nonviolent direct-action training, Schwedock expressed interest in using washable paint to graffiti the XR logo — but they note that that could change. They hint at a forthcoming escalation, one justified by the scale and scope of the present emergency. Schwedock told me he admires the “valve turners,” activists who risk prison time by turning emergency shutoff valves on oil pipelines.“It’s always time for an escalation of tactics,” Schwedock told me. If that means property damage with a tactical purpose, he added, so be it.

Grief is a dominant emotion at XR events. Attendees are encouraged to talk about how the crisis is affecting them personally and how it exacerbates their feelings of political impotence.

XR seems mindful of using tactics that might potentially alienate a public that could be recruited to its cause. Believing in the power of direct action, the group wants to convert about 3.5 percent of the population, a tipping point seen by scholars like Erica Chenoweth as crucial for fomenting large social change. Public engagement is a key part of XR’s overall strategy; the group hosts regular lectures, publicized through paper flyers and an active digital media operation, about the science of the climate emergency and also conducts a weekly non-violent direct action (NVDA) training. (The main Extinction Rebellion accounts have about 269,000 followers on Twitter and 42,000 on YouTube.) Regular “welcome calls” and text messages keep members, or anyone interested in participating in the group, up to date. At the NVDA training I attended, in a Manhattan yoga studio with a crowd that trended toward young, cis, and white, attendees included a science teacher, a former Buddhist monk, and a recent graduate of an environmental policy program who seemed to be the most dour person in the room, claiming that political solutions had been exhausted and that most temperature-rise projections were in fact too low compared to what’s coming.

Outreach has proven essential to the group’s growth. One XR committee is tasked with speaking to strangers on the subway about the climate emergency. Like other XR engagements, these conversations are not just about recruiting like-minded activists. They are also about acknowledging the grief and anxiety that come with a rapidly deteriorating climate that we seem powerless to do anything about. Grief is a dominant emotion at XR events. In a sense it’s deliberately cultivated, with attendees encouraged to talk about how the crisis is affecting them personally and how it exacerbates their feelings of political impotence. This sense of mourning forms a kind of substrate from which spring the righteous, angry slogans of a potential revolution.


Eve Mosher is an artist who has worked on climate issues for 12 years, though she calls herself a “reluctant activist.” But that changed when she encountered Extinction Rebellion. “That’s the rebellion for me,” she decided. “That’s what I’ve been waiting for. It’s looking at systemic change.”

Mosher began working with XR earlier this year, starting in an arts role before becoming its media coordinator. “I’m really excited about what we’re doing, but it’s also really hard work. It’s always been really fast and really urgent,” she said. “There’s pros and cons to that. We’re responding to something that’s so urgent. We have to make decisions about this that are far-ranging or deep.”

Yurié Collins, who was arrested after helping unfurl a banner on the Times’ facade, is relatively new to climate activism. A 29-year old actress, she joined the group in April. Soon after, she participated in a die-in in front of City Hall that protested the proposed building of a sea wall that would mostly protect the financial district. That was Collins’ first arrest.

“It takes privilege to get arrested,” Collins acknowledged. “It’s strange, people thank you afterward and kind of praise you for it, but it felt really important to remember that choosing to get arrested is a privilege and not everybody will be able to engage with police in the same way that I was able to, based on this country’s police system being extremely violent toward black people and brown people.”

Indeed, XR is careful in apportioning out who is placed in harm’s way. Potential protesters are asked whether they are comfortable being arrested and those who say yes are placed in separate groups, where they might block traffic or participate in a die-in.

It’s precisely XR’s willingness to provoke arrests that has attracted some criticism from fellow travelers on the left. Over the summer, the anarchist-communist website Libcom.org published a lengthy critique that, among other offenses, charged XR with treating the police as “tactical allies.”

Michael Loadenthal, a professor of sociology at Miami University of Ohio who studies social movements and political violence, expressed similar sentiments. “I am strongly critical of using people as cannon fodder,” he said in an interview. “The idea of putting people in a specific place for mass arrest, I think, is problematic in a number of ways,” he continued, explaining that this tactic excludes marginalized people who can’t afford to pass through the court system. Loadenthal — who was one of the J20 protesters, a group of more than 200 people charged with felony rioting (and eventually acquitted) after Trump’s inauguration — cited pipeline protests in West Virginia and elsewhere as far more effective. “There are more strategic ways that you could stop the flow of capital and put leverage on these businesses” responsible for the climate crisis, he said.

Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Parliament Square, London.

Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Parliament Square, London.

Arrests remain central to XR’s strategy, but many other roles exist, from media coordinators to police liaisons to legal support teams who help out those arrested. Collins is part of XR NYC’s intersectionality working group. “We try to look at everything from an inclusivity viewpoint, making sure the movement is for everyone and by everyone,” she said. To that end, the group has found solidarity with immigration activists and the Indigenous Women’s March and has joined in their actions and protests.

For people like Collins, Mosher, and Schwedock, XR has become a driving force in their lives. They describe the movement as both all-consuming and the best chance yet to foment a necessary political shift. “I definitely speak to XR people every day,” Collins said. “The only option we have left is radical resistance and massive non-violent civil disobedience.”

XR already has some small victories under its belt, though whether they rise to the standard of the group’s expectations for itself is another matter. Less than a week after the New York Times action, the city of New York declared a climate emergency, becoming one of the largest cities in the world to do so. But if governments don’t follow climate emergency declarations with concrete steps toward carbon neutrality, then these resolutions are useless gestures. This summer, the New York State Assembly passed an act that calls for an 85 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2050, decades after the targets set by XR and other activist groups.

It’s difficult to criticize climate activism as unrealistic, but it does seem somehow unlikely to imagine that a campaign of polite public protest will lead to people’s assemblies crafting policies that threaten some of the most well-heeled corporations on earth and their chosen representatives in public office. Capital has formidable instincts of self-preservation, and the nation’s heavily armed, surveillance-happy police forces will be all too willing to suppress protests that threaten the sanctity of the market. There is also the question of whether XR’s strategy will work.. As Michael Loadenthal, the scholar of environmentalist movements, told me, “There is no strategy in my mind which leads to changing policy in a meaningful way. Whereas if you block a pipeline for a year, it can become financially unfeasible for a company to continue.”

Extinction Rebellion’s relationship with police, which has been peaceful and even cooperative until now, is likely to change. Past environmental movements, especially those led by the black and brown activists who have long done this kind of work, have found themselves thoroughly infiltrated by the FBI and saddled with the label of ecoterrorists. The FBI has also maintained files on peaceful climate-change protesters affiliated with groups like 350.org. (A FOIA request submitted to the FBI for any files the Bureau has on XR turned up no responsive documents.) XR may aspire towards the Elysian beneficence of eco-socialism, but do they have the will to fight through the eco-fascist gatekeepers who would block the way?

XR activists are all too aware of the possible disappointments ahead. Roger Hallam, the British political theorist who’s played a leading role in XR, has prophesied a dire climatological future requiring a more extreme public response. Speaking to an Amnesty International audience in February, he promised to bring down governments that didn’t act on the crisis. Hallam, who has also called for hunger strikes, warned that “some may die in the process.”

Schwedock, while not of the same apocalyptic cast as Hallam, is also impatient for drastic action. In his opinion, the New York City climate emergency resolution, while a positive step, was far too watered down in its language. Instead of calling for an immediate move toward zero emissions, it gestured toward an economic transformation occurring over the next twelve years, as recommended by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (XR’s platform calls for such a shift to occur by 2025). But it was a start, however anemic, and in this time of acute crisis, Extinction Rebellion doesn’t hesitate to demand more. “XR is audacious,” Schwedock said. And with the fate of the world on the line, perhaps it has to be.

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58 Comments on "How far is far enough in an emergency?"

  1. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 5:01 pm 

    i do’t have a direct answer but maybe the following can be used as a guide:
    you should love muzzies many zeros over.
    1000x as in philadelpha muzzie shot 6 cops
    1000x in france muzzie killed 4 cops

    as many zeros as you can, above cases have only 3 zeros

  2. makati1 on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 5:35 pm 

    A word salad saying YOU need to do something.

    Not that anything will be done because the serfs don’t run the show, the billionaires do. They are not going to give up their power and wealth to save anything but themselves.

    America and the EU are good places to start though. Both are the world’s biggest polluters/consumers per capita by far.

    In terms of CO2 emissions per capita, China is only ranked 47th, at 7.5 metric tonnes per capita.

    The US is ranked 11th at 16.5 per capita and amongst countries with sizeable populations, has the highest CO2 emissions per capita.

    Oct 25, 2017 – https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=biggest+polluting+countries+per+capita

    Subtract from China the pollution that the US shipped there in the form of factories to make stuff that was once made in the US, and the difference would be even higher for the US and lower for China.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 5:43 pm 

    Permian oil production for 2018 peaked in December at 2,136,000 bopd or 2,136K bopd, and declined to 1,056K by July 2019. That is a STUNNING 50.5% decline in just seven months.

  4. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 5:43 pm 

    uneducated makako (UM)
    at least i attempted to answer the question, you just out to ruin it for everyone you jerk

  5. Darrell Cloud on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 5:45 pm 

    I have to get five kids through the bottle neck. The rest of you may do what you wish. There is no political solution for over shoot.

  6. Davy on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:12 pm 

    FAKE Green:
    “Porsche Increases Taycan Production Capacity After Overwhelming Demand”
    https://tinyurl.com/y5a2ozvb zero hedge

    “Porsche has increased its production capacity for the Taycan, the company’s first 750 HP electric vehicle that has been a monster thorn in Elon Musk’s side, according to the pro-Tesla automatons over at electrek.”

  7. makati1 on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:14 pm 

    Sup, maybe if you used plain English instead of that druggie slop…?

  8. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:21 pm 

    Pss, Mak, its me Juan. just play along

  9. makati1 on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:22 pm 

    Darrell, last look, I have 4 kids, 12 grand kids and 3 greats to ‘get thru’. So?

    All you can do is try to prep to make the pain less, not painless. I advise my kids but their future is their decision, not mine.

    How will it be any different than the current lifestyle in 3rd world countries? They will have to get used to living with less and living with disease, insecurity of all kinds and low/no healthcare, among other things.

    That’s life. ‘Survival of the fittest’ never went away, it just got covered over with too much stuff for the pampered West. All that is changing. Bumpy road ahead! Buckle up!

  10. makati1 on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:23 pm 

    AH Juan, ok. I’m never sure who is who here anymore. LOL

  11. More Davy ID Theft on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 7:13 pm 

    supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:21 pm

  12. More Crazy Davy ID Fraud on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 7:31 pm 

    makati1 on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 6:23 pm

  13. Harquebus on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 7:51 pm 

    Convince the majority to never take out new loans and the system will crash is less than a year. That’s all that is required to bring this house of cards down.

  14. JuanP on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 8:30 pm 

    “That’s all that is required to bring this house of cards down”

    Wow, that was so deep

  15. dave thompson on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 10:02 pm 

    Humans are doing to little way to late to make any difference. Predicaments have no solutions.

  16. More Insane Davy ID Theft and Projections on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 10:36 pm 

    JuanP on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 8:30 pm

    Ban the idiot.

  17. Davy on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 10:51 pm 

    “Humans are doing to little way to late to make any difference. Predicaments have no solutions.”

    I agree with you dave.

    BTW. your so lucky your mommy named you dave and not davy. Davy is such a girlys name.

  18. dave thompson on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 11:34 pm 

    Davy don’t fret. I am known as Davy also in certain circles of friends.

  19. More Davy Childish ID Theft on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 12:29 am 

    JuanP on Fri, 4th Oct 2019 8:30 pm

    “That’s all that is required to bring this house of cards down”

    Wow, that was so deep

  20. Davy approves this message on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 12:34 am 

    Davy-

    Inquiring minds curious to know what has the Big Goat on a hair trigger?

    Answer: The old lady in Italy snitched Davy off to her WOP cousins who then inducted Davy into the Blanket Party Hall of Fame after getting bitch slapped so many times Davy looks more like a bobblehead these days.

    My, my what will the deplorables think back in Missouri? Can’t tell ’em your old hag is responsible or everyone will think you’re the biggest homo in south central MO.

  21. Sissyfuss on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 9:07 am 

    At one point the article pontificates that it is difficult to criticize climate activism as unrealistic after having stated earlier that the goal is to achieve zero emissions by 2025. Establishing a rationale for the solution of a predicament is schizoid at best and psychopathically delusional at its worst. The best that XR can accomplish is a more balanced feng shui in respect to the deck chairs.

  22. Davy on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 9:31 am 

    Sis, unless these people start living like you do in embraced simplicity i.e borderline poverty per a capitalistic definition then their message is FAKE Green. These people think change will come on the backs of the capitalists with climate socialism. The problem is this change will just be more of the same efforts at growth with the delusion of green growth. The only possible way coward is a combination of degrowth with a shading of green growth wrapped up in overalls decline and failure.

  23. Baby Back Ribs on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 10:59 am 

    The shirt everyone needs:

    “Save the Planet – Eat the Children”

    If only AOC would hear the truth.

  24. JuanP sock on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 11:06 am 

    “Baby Back Ribs on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 10:59 am”

  25. More Davy Insanity on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 11:10 am 

    JuanP sock on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 11:06 am

  26. Sissyfuss on Sat, 5th Oct 2019 7:35 pm 

    Extinction Rebellion uses an empty hourglass as an insignia. Could that be an unconscious sign that they think it’s too late or could the insignia be the last two slices of pizza left in the 21st Century

  27. Theedrich on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 6:52 pm 

    Dems are filling cities with feces, urine, drugs.  How is that for an emergency?  (Note, Open Mouth, that I am not talking about welfare or food stamps, etc., although I realize that you are too low-IQ to understand that.)  In addition, both parties are complicit in utterly destroying the populace with narcotics.  It is not only Georg Sörös’s pushing of the marijuana industry, but the whole pharmaceutical industry which has joined in the bribery of Congress and the corruption of the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and of medicine in general to kill young Americans.  Drug cartels are now operating everywhere, destroying lives, families and institutions at every level of society.  For a detailed example of what is happening in just one city, check out San Francisco, Hostage to the Homeless by Heather MacDonald at cityjournal.com (the Autumn 2019 issue).

    While the Democrats are demonically possessed by the ghost of removing the current president from office, they are preventing any other legislation on anything.  And the most urgent of all needs is to stop the physical destruction of human beings in the U.S. through the drug epidemic.  Among other obscenities, Congress has allowed Oxycontin-producer Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family to bribe the government itself into acquiescence in this genocide.  The result is a tsunami of drugs pouring into the country under cover of asylum, and demonization of ICE, as well as home-grown forms of NarcoMurder, Inc.

    An excellent description of this horror is given in Chris McGreal’s American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts.  Starting in West Virginia and spreading to North Carolina, Ohio and Florida, then California, there is now almost nowhere in America untouched by this new Black Death.  The United States has about 5% of the world’s population, but ingests ~85% of its addictive drugs.  A contributing factor to the widespread acceptance by the population of these deadly “pain pills” is the constant advertisement of pills and medicine of all sorts on TV as instant, trouble-free cures to whatever ails anyone.  Only the U.S. and New Zealand, among the developed nations, permit such advertizing.

    Noteworthy also is the fact that Americans use stupefactory drugs at three or four times the rate of Europeans, and fifty times that of Japanese.  There is something profoundly wrong and suicidal with a culture that uses drugs to escape life in such a way.  The plague has exploded to such an extent that it has captured even the son (Hunter Biden) of a former vice president of the United States.  And as a logical consequence of the explosion, over a quarter of a million Americans have died through drug use since 1999.  Vicious vengeance for the West’s 19th-century Opium Wars against China.

    On 9/11 of anno Domini 2001, 3,000 people were murdered by the Religion of Peace in New York and Washington, DC.  As a result, Georgie Bush started a bunch of wars against Arabistan, resulting in the deaths of 50,000 American soldiers plus countless others, not to mention utter chaos throughout MENA and the invasion of Europe by “refugees.”  Yet that 3,000 is but a small fraction of the number of Americans killed by opioids since Georgie unleashed his insane wars which, in part, resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s foremost producer of heroin.  (Cf. “Afghanistan produces 95% of the global supply of raw opium, which is used to source nearly all of the heroin consumed in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.”)

    In all of this, the suicide pact called the United States Constitution is utterly ignored as a shield of “democracy.”  Its only use is as a battering ram for the Democrats and their activist judges to use against POTUS to remove him from power.  Other than that, it is irrelevant.

    The Democrat-controlled mainstream media could not care less about this ghastly epidemic.  The propagandists’ sole concern is money and power, no matter what the cost.  That cost, however, is the destruction of the nation from within.

  28. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 7:03 pm 

    I for one still see your country as the land of Hemingway, Pollock, Fredric Jameson, The Doors, Elvis, jazz, extraordinary cinema (once…), vital intellectual and artistic energies, the land Tocqueville admired, the land of Steinbeck, tragic in its folly, heroic in its youth, Europe’s puritan cousin, the scars of the Civil War (which have yet to heal properly), its once mighty democratic universities of the mid-West, the brilliant satire and comedy, the New Deal, its local generous salt-of-the-earth communities, its physical beauty.

    That is the past—-

  29. makati1 on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 7:28 pm 

    Well said, Theedrich. Amerika is committing suicide.

  30. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 9:37 pm 

    Makati says: “America and the EU are good places to start though. Both are the world’s biggest polluters/consumers per capita by far.”

    Not true, read your own link. Most European countries are per capita below China. And the latter’s emissions are rapidly growing:

    https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/each-countrys-share-of-co2.html

  31. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 9:54 pm 

    Theedrich says: “On 9/11 of anno Domini 2001, 3,000 people were murdered by the Religion of Peace in New York and Washington, DC. As a result, Georgie Bush started a bunch of wars against Arabistan, resulting in the deaths of 50,000 American soldiers plus countless others, not to mention utter chaos throughout MENA and the invasion of Europe by “refugees.” “

    I am amazed that somebody as intelligent as Theedrich still believes in the official story around 9/11. If you look at the case of building WTC7 than a high school student can tell you that the building came down due to demolition. And so did WTC1/2. Don’t believe me, take it from the best building architects from America:

    https://youtu.be/nu2QqxpYcvA

    9/11 was Mossad-CIA engineered to create the excuse to invade Afghanistan and Iraq in an attempt to control most of the world’s oil resources and surround US arch foe Iran. It was nothing less than an attempted global coup de etat, a neocon coup, to prepare for a “second American Century”. The coup failed, thank God.

    That century has just been called off by those who wanted one most:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/the-good-news-zog-is-dying/

  32. Chrome Mags on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 9:55 pm 

    “Not that anything will be done because the serfs don’t run the show, the billionaires do. They are not going to give up their power and wealth to save anything but themselves.”

    Exactly, Mak.

  33. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 10:02 pm 

    “In all of this, the suicide pact called the United States Constitution is utterly ignored as a shield of “democracy.” Its only use is as a battering ram for the Democrats and their activist judges to use against POTUS to remove him from power. Other than that, it is irrelevant.”

    Even US academia admits that the US is an oligarchy, not a democracy:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

    Nevertheless, the US is formally still a democracy and that fact was exploited in 2016 by DJT, a non-system-certified candidate, with money of his own, who jumped on a soap box, much to the horror of the deep state.

  34. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 10:06 pm 

    “Not that anything will be done because the serfs don’t run the show, the billionaires do. They are not going to give up their power and wealth to save anything but themselves.”

    That’s true, well until 2016. As far as I can tell is DJT a genuine attempt to break with the logic of empire and an attempt to an “America First” policy, much to the horror of the globalists, running the deep state.

  35. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Oct 2019 10:22 pm 

    “Global Britain” as the last refuge:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7543593/Mixed-race-couple-vilified-racists-appeared-Lidl-ads-Ireland-flee-home.html

    “Mixed race couple vilified by racists after they appeared in Lidl ads in Ireland flee their home to start new life in Britain”

    Holland also has this incessant drive by corporations to rub in that in their view, Holland is globalist, not Dutch:

    https://d21buns5ku92am.cloudfront.net/59028/images/243398-Rabobank%20-%20BeheerdBeleggen%20-%20Werk-73ee1f-original-1492089857.jpg

    Countries like Russia and China, or even empire member Japan, wouldn’t dream of doing that.

  36. makati1 on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 2:36 am 

    per capita CO2 emissions 2019

    The EU equals a per capita CO2 pollution of about that of China. But then, China sells a lot of the stuff that causes that pollution to the US and EU. Moving the real polution back to those countries.

    http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/co2-emissions-by-country/

    The US CO2 pollution is 2.5 times that of China, per capita, and ~15 times that of the Philippines. Shut down the West now!

  37. Davy on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 5:44 am 

    “The US CO2 pollution is 2.5 times that of China, per capita, and ~15 times that of the Philippines. Shut
    down the West now!”

    Makato making excuses for his overpopulated Asia and the biggest emitter of Co2 in the world, China. Disgusting

  38. Davy on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 5:45 am 

    “Not that anything will be done because the serfs don’t run the show, the billionaires do. They are not going to give up their power and wealth to save anything but themselves.” “Exactly, Mak.”

    Well, that is a worn out one. IMA neither of you would save shit. Makato, is extremely impressed with his millionaire friend so that tells us he is a wanna be rich guy talking shit on them. Like the dumbass says NUFF Said. LOL

  39. Davy on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 5:48 am 

    Even US academia admits that the US is an oligarchy, not a democracy:

    AH, cloggo, what do you think Europe is??

  40. JuanP ID fraud garbage on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 6:43 am 

    Davy said I’m Disgusting

    Davy said I’m a dumbass

    Davy cloggo no’s what he’s talkin bout

  41. REAL Green on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:00 am 

    “Getting Real About Green Energy An honest analysis of what it CAN’T promise”
    https://tinyurl.com/y3jyobya peak prosperity

    I want to be optimistic about the future. I really do. But there’s virtually no chance of the world transitioning gently to an alternative energy-powered future. These Are The ‘Good Old Days’ I’m often asked where I stand on wind, solar and other alternative energy sources. My answer is: I love them. But they’re incapable of enabling our society to smoothly slip over to powering itself by other means. They’re not going to “save us”. Some people are convinced otherwise. If we can just fight off the evil oil companies, get our act together, and install a national alternative energy system infrastructure, we’ll be just fine. Meaning that we”ll be able to continue to live as we do today, but powered fully by clean renewable energy. That’s just not going to happen. At least, not without a lot of painful disruption and sacrifice. The top three reasons why are: Math Human behavior Time, scale, & cost.”

  42. REAL Green on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:10 am 

    There will be a prize for juanpee and annoymouse if you can hack my blog. Double LOL.

  43. JuanP ID theft on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:15 am 

    “REAL Green said There will be a prize for juanpee and annoymouse i…”

    enjoy yourself fucknut

  44. Davy on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:31 am 

    With this hack you can log all my keystrokes on my computer, including my passwords to my bank accounts etc.

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    It’s REAL Easy

  45. A desperate JuanP on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:43 am 

    JuanP obviously you are desperate! LMFAO. You are now talking about hacking. Dumbfuck. Please do it. I dare you asshole!!!

    Considering people like you and GregT do you really think I would use my real identity. If you take my REAL Green blog down I will just start a new one. You need to be checked in at Douglas medical.

  46. More Davy Insanity on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:46 am 

    JuanP ID fraud garbage on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 6:43 am

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    A desperate JuanP on Mon, 7th Oct 2019 7:43 am

  47. Theedrich the Entertainer on Wed, 9th Oct 2019 1:22 am 

    Theedrich-

    You are always the broken record- always pointing fingers, always grossly-stating issues, ignoring the obvious, always blaming evil Democrats, and never offering solutions except more of the same failed policies of incarceration and perpetuating the 50 year long failed war on drugs.

    Example: “Over a quarter of a million Americans have died through drug use since 1999. Vicious vengeance for the West’s 19th-century Opium Wars against China.”

    Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!!!!

    Big deal, moron, since 1999, BOOZE has killed 1.672.000- that’s one million six hundred and seventy-two thousand Americans. Yep, alcohol killed more than six times as many Americans as “drugs”, yet never a peep out of you over this “American tragedy”.

  48. Davy on Wed, 9th Oct 2019 1:27 am 

    Oops, sorry Theedrich.. signed Davy.

  49. Nightly JuanP garbage on Wed, 9th Oct 2019 6:54 am 

    Anything after 9:00pm is generally JuanP ID theft comments not Davy. Mindless derogatory Davy comments are JuanP. You might not care about Davy but you should care about forum garbage. If you check any of these comments there is no contribution to topic or additional knowledge. JuanP is a troll and destroying the quality of this forum.

    JuanP ID theft and sock garbage:
    Davy said Oops, sorry Theedrich.. signed Davy.
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    Davy said I gots it all figgered out. If I copy and paste en…
    Davy said How cum everybody elses so smart and i’m such a mo…
    Davy said It’s real nice to see you back again JuanP. Hope y…
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  50. Troll that bitch on Wed, 9th Oct 2019 7:04 am 

    Hey, JuanP Troll that bitch

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