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Why #SocialMovements matter -

why *thinking about* social movements matters -

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#Activism #Protest #XR #ExtinctionRebellion #ClimateEmergency #ClimateCrisis Why Social Movements Matter cover
It's been good these last few days to read some comradely critiques of #XR coming from various positions.

Here's an excellent thread from @XRLiberation which seems to be a group mostly within UK XR (…)

This open letter from experienced #Paris activists who've been trying to work with XR there:

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With the news of #JuliaHartleyBrewer appearing on @bbcquestiontime tonight, I’ve sent in my first-ever letter of complaint to the BBC. It’s brutal: (THREAD) #BoycottBBCQT
Dear BBC

I am disgusted that #JuliaHartleyBrewer is on @bbcquestiontime. I tune in to watch most weeks or catch up online, but I cannot watch tonight, out of principle.
My objection to Ms Hartley-Brewer isn’t for political reasons. She has a right to her opinion, and I respect that, even if I don’t agree with it. It’s not about Brexit either. #BoycottBBCQT
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Thread: #XR isnt about climate

Stuart Basden Co-founder Extinction Rebellion says XR not about Climate (that's just a symptom of a toxic system that has infected the ways we relate to each other as humans and to all life)"

XR is about #decolonialism…
XR about #decolonialism: Basden says "how European ‘civilisation’ spread around the globe thru cruelty & violence over the last 600 years of colonialism, where the roots of the infections go much further back"
Basden #XR: "#Europeans spread their toxicity around the world, they brought torture, genocide, carnage & suffering to the ends of the earth. Their cultural myths justified the horrors, idea that indigenous people were animals (not humans)"
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1/17 Hatte vor Wochen ne Zusammenfassung eines Buches geschrieben von ExtinctionRebellion , #XR. Sie betonen, nicht XR zu sein, weil XR keine Leitung/Verantwortliche hat.Geschickt. Lest den Thread oder lasst es. Bitte keine Diskussion mit mir.
Anfangs werden Philosophen zitiert. Erklärt, dass #XR aus " Rising up" hervorging. Der Kern der "Revolution" sei die "persönliche, innere Veränderung". Mai 2018 wurde XR gegründet. Schwerpunkt.
1.Tell the truth. Appell an Regierungen, Wahrheit zu sagen.
2.Die Regierungen sollen
Bürgerversammlungen einberufen.
3.Netto Null bis 2025.
Wie nun will XR diese Ziele erreichen? Hier wird es sofort küchenpsychologisch: "Nur wer die Katastrophe fühlt, vermag sie zu erkennen".
Dies der Kern, warum diese Art Aktionismus. Die Schuld am Klimawandel
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Mein personal thread zu #XR (und ja gibt unzählig gute threads über XR gerade (@regendino @jutta_ditfurth @KinderLeben und viele mehr)


Was XR ist wissen die meisten sicherlich schon. Klimabewegung, welche radikal sein will. Im folgenden einige Punkte warum ich nicht solidarisch mit XR bin

1.) Der Gründer (#Hallam) findet sexist*innen und rassist*innen in der Bewegung voll ok und mag keine Demokratie

(also die jetzige Demokratie mag ich auch nicht, aber wenn er keine Demokratie will, dann ist er ja auch nicht für Sozialismus, Kommunismus oder Anarchismus)

2. XR sammelt viele Informationen von Teilnehmenden ihrer Aktionen, wohin die Daten gehen weiß kein Mensch -->

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Über den #XR-Fragebogen werden nicht nur persönliche Daten erfasst. Betrachtet man die Fragen in Kombination lässt sich ein ziemlich genaues Profil über Militanz und Aktivität erstellen. [Thread]
1. Über die verschiedenen Angaben über SocialMedia lässt sich gut mitverfolgen was ihr so postet und wie ihr eure Welt wahrnehmt, wir alle haben Themen die uns triggern und unsere Denkweise offen legen.

Gibt mensch nun dazu einen Klarnamen an ist mensch komplett demaskiert.
2. Gibt man mehr als eine Bewegung (#FFF, #XR, whatever) an lässt sich daraus schließen dass man sehr aktiv ist und deshalb nicht unbedingt auf den gewaltfreien Konsens der XR besteht. Zu euren persönlichen Daten, aus Angaben und SocialMedia, kommt nun das Demoverhalten.
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I found out I was tagging Duncan in each tweet, don't want to cloud his notifications :) follow here
Joe Beda now coming on stage :)
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1. Israel's regime is the biggest threat to peace in the world 🤨👇🏼
2. Israel's regime is the biggest threat to peace in the world🤨👇🏼…
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1. Israel's regime is the biggest threat to peace in the world 🤨👇🏼
2. Israel's regime is the biggest threat to peace in the world🤨👇🏼…
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But armed insurrection can also make tactical sense in particular contexts. Here I am at an international meeting held by the armed #Zapatista movement in Mexico two years after their armed insurrection - their armed rebellion worked /9
The Zapatista rebellion happened in a context of extreme repression & although they used the armed rebellion to open a space they put a halt to violence as soon as a deal could be negotiated. Their practise is mostly NVDA with the guns far in the background just in case /10
Here I am a couple of years later at the Prague World Bank protests in September 2000. Hours of intense rioting saw most IMF delegates panic and flee the city, ending the conference. This rioting wasn't violence as categorised by WCRW research /11
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Thread on #nonviolence theory and in particular the way #ExtinctionRebellion have over simplified 'Why Civil Resistance Works' research (WCRW) to short circuit important discussions around diversity of tactics that any #ClimateEmergency movement must have #NVDA #XR /1
XR uses unsourced claim from WCRW that non violent movements are twice as successful in many XR places including FAQ but assumptions in original paper make its claims irrelevant to debate around tactical diversity in radical environmental movement /2
First off violent movements are defined in WCRW as those in which 1000 or more battle deaths between armed combatants. This not only excludes every environmental action ever described as 'violent' but also armed groups like the Zapatistas & even Red Army Faction /3
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This might upset anyone involved with #ExtinctionRebellion, who I'm sure has done so for genuine motives. I have spent a lot of time over the last 2 weeks looking into them (through other people more expert than me) and read a lot and watched a lot in that time 1/8
XR uses a lot of manipulative and persuasive or pressured techniques to create an atmosphere of emergency so that governments and pension funds and ultimately us will put in money for very expensive types of technology 2/8
such as carbon extraction and storage that will itself use 30 % more coal and cause other pollution like Ammonia. The prominent figures in XR have an extensive corporate background and they are also backed by 3/8
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Like very many people I'm alarmed at the massive threat #ClimateChange directs at the people of this planet, a threat that is already killing large numbers of the poorest. Unlike #XR I don't think this can be tackled in a single issue apolitical manner - that approach will fail
The 1st reason for failure is obvious, the capitalist economic system goes into crisis when growth falls much below 3% a year. That 3% means production will double every 24 yrs so even renewables replace 40% of fossil fuels CC gas production will rise
The second is that for many people a threat in 2050 is impossibly distant in comparison with paying the rent at the end of this week. We need a movement that addresses immediate in your face problems of low rages, high rents, racism & all oppressions
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Great conversation last night about what is a feature vs what is the hook when it comes to “what makes a great product” in #XR.

Start with this list of what is the “Killer App” for #VR and notice how often features are mistaken for apps.

#gamedev 1/10
My definitions: A feature is an embellishment which can make a product better, while the hook is the core experience that drives users to the product. Think of features as the asterisk icons on the back of a video game box. 2/10
A friend pitched me an app idea using shared identity across apps with addictive ad-clicking behavior for revenue. He said he would play that all the time on his phone to level up. I asked “play what?” He had no answer because he focused on the features but not the hook. 3/10
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