Extinction Rebellion civil disobedience in Wellington today, aims remain vague

The worldwide attempt at revolution – using climate change as a reason to change established democratic and financial systems – hits Wellington today.

With the return of ‘weka’ The Standard has morphed into an anti-Government website in promoting the revolution: NRT: Climate Change: Join the rebellion, retweeting No Right Turn who says:

If you care about the climate crisis, and want the government to act, join in.

But if you read Extinction Rebellion’s vague aims they seem too want to overthrow the Government and impose some soort of people power.

 “…support and encourage a citizens’ uprising in Aotearoa New Zealand”.

“When ready, create a participatory, democratic process that discusses and improves a draft manifesto for change and a new constitution.

“This will involve creating a genuine democracy, alongside an economy to maximise well-being and minimise harm.”

They don’t explain how a ‘genuine democracy’ is created by revolution, nor what sort of democracy it would be. Neither do they want to explain at The Standard.

Weka (with help from Robert Guyton and Sacha) again show how intolerant extreme greens are of their messages being questioned, with lame attacks and threats of bans – see from here.

I note that until I posted a comment at 12:30 pm yesterday there had been no comments on the post that was up at 7:10 am. It appears to be not a popular topic. What was popular was dumping on me for asking questions.

Weka promotes today’s protests under her own name today: Extinction Rebellion on Lambton Quay, in which she says:

In case it’s not clear, the objective here is to cause as much disruption to the state as possible until it changes. Affecting the consumer economy, sustained tying up of the courts and eating into the police budget, along with regular disruptions to the normal business of city life, are potent motivators for change. Key to XR’s strategy is the research that shows sustained actions from 3.5% of a nation’s population have never failed to effect radical change.

Time will tell whether they manage to get large numbers to sustain their actions.

And whether they will succeed in getting our Government and our MPs to decided to hand over all their power and baubles to ‘the people’.

XR are not presenting a complex, detailed plan of what we should do. That’s for our governments.

They don’t seem to be presenting any plan, just vague aims. I’m not sure how disruptive protests will convince the New Zealand Government to work out a complex detailed plan to relinquish their party based power, and their jobs.

They’re also saying that in that process we should shift to more participatory democracy rather than relying on simple representative democracy (which patently isn’t working and isn’t suitable to the task at hand given the timeframes).

Our current representative democracy isn’t exactly simple, but it is patently working. It just isn’t doing what the Rebels want it to do.

Promoting some vague sort of “more participatory democracy” will probably struggle to get wide public (or MP) support.