No facts, no science, no debate and no truth will budge them from this view. The fact that life is vastly improved for billions of people since 1990 is not important to them.
They prefer, and celebrate lifestyles in which most children do not survive to see their 5th birthday, and in which most people do not live past 40.
They claim modern life is toxic.
That's because they went to school with these people. They are their cousins, sisters and BFFs.
They see only the 'we want to save the world' claims. They cannot ask questions about the political demands.
They believe they have the right to impose on the rest of society, because that is what they have learned from it.
Yet they continue to demand. And to demand more. And more. And more.
When you don't have to win the argument to be given what you demand, you don't try to make arguments!
XR are the expression of today's politics, not an alternative or challenge to it.
They want MORE of what it already is. Not less. They want an undemocratic, anti-industrial, and authoritarian regime. A green caliphate, if you will.
The same thing.
But as a test of their principles, the Green Party's democratic successes have not shown that they are widely shared.
But when XR organiser, Rupert Read stood as a candidate for the EU elections in 2014 for the East region he lost under the PR system.
It did not dent his sense of entitlement.
That's not to say that climate change and environmental problems do not exist.
Climate change is a fig leaf.
It's a fig leaf for the government, and it's a fig leaf for the XR.
If you point out the *scientific* problems with their claim, they call you a denier.
We can agree that there are environmental problems *without* agreeing that environmental problems lead to the Apocalypse.
This is the *real* object of their ambition. Climate change has nothing to do with it.
It is a lie -- fear mongering -- that is intended to limit your political choice and freedom.
I mean it. Absolutely.
If you said "I'm building a megafactory that will create 250K jobs in the wider economy, you would be the enemy.
They celebrate withdrawal from society.
I have no grudge against posh people, upper middle class people, middle class people.
I have a grudge against people's sense of entitlement...
And it's a curious development. The radical green movement is full of contradictions and paradoxes.
It is against things that ordinary people want and need.
It is the outlook of *particular* parts of those classes. And it is the *tendency* of *most* of the *political* class, which has become detached, remote from the rest of society.
Except politicians, green campaigners and large parts of the media.
It is a historical anomaly that there is a protest movement which has no genuine grievance and is demanding LESS stuff (for thee, but nor for me).
But don't expect MPs or much of the news media to do it.