I said the other day that the right needs to ensure that the law is enforced against leftists who break it, as too often they break the law in the name of their political views and get away with it. Here’s a test case (link now fixed):
A new group of “concerned citizens” is planning a campaign of mass civil disobedience starting next month and promises it has hundreds of people – from teenagers to pensioners – ready to get arrested in an effort to draw attention to the unfolding climate emergency.
If they’re prepared to get arrested then arrested is what they should be, and convicted. They’d demand the same if a nasty group of religious nutters broke the law in the name of their religion. (Well, not if they were Islamic nutters. If they were Christian.) And this is basically what these people are: a nasty group of religious nutters. Here’s a letter they sent to the Guardian:
we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis.
“We will not tolerate”? Well, I guess if you’re going to be a fascist you might as well talk like one.
The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible
What’s clear is that none of you have a clue what you’re talking about.
it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.
I’m going to suggest re-wording this to “an unprecedented disaster of our own imagination”.
Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity.
We’re violating the fundamental laws of nature? Take that, gravity!
And to think that a load of Professors put their name to this.
Our government is complicit in ignoring the precautionary principle
Getting out of bed in the morning ignores the precautionary principle. Staying in bed in the morning ignores the precautionary principle.
and in failing to acknowledge that infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable.
All those Professors and Vice-Chancellors, and none of them have an even basic understanding of economics.
Instead, the government irresponsibly promotes rampant consumerism and free-market fundamentalism
The government that constantly interferes in the free-market? That one? And ‘rampant consumerism?’ Was the text for this letter copied from 1973?
Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year) falls ever earlier each year (1 August in 2018).
I expect the science for ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ is incontrovertible.
The “social contract” has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.
The amoebae all support your rebellion, because without you they will be left to die by the government.
We therefore declare our support for Extinction Rebellion, launching on 31 October 2018. We fully stand behind the demands for the government to tell the hard truth to its citizens.
Hard truths, yes. Like previous hard truths that wannabe overlords like you have told the people, eg, “You all have to go and work in the paddy fields”, and, “If you read Western propaganda you’ll be arrested and shot”.
We call for a Citizens’ Assembly to work with scientists on the basis of the extant evidence and in accordance with the precautionary principle, to urgently develop a credible plan for rapid total decarbonisation of the economy.
The Citizens’ Assembly sounds nice, doesn’t it? As does “rapid total decarbonisation of the economy”.