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Extinction Rebellion’s Secret Plan To Remake The World-David Rose

April 8, 2020

By Paul Homewood


A welcome return to the fray for Davis Rose, with this piece in the Spectator:


As we contemplate the havoc being wrought by the coronavirus, most of us see mainly sickness, death, and economic ruin.

Dr. Rupert Read, spokesman for the climate protest group Extinction Rebellion — plus sometimes Green party candidate and associate professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia — has rather a different view.

In this pandemic, he writes, ‘there is a huge opportunity for XR… It is essential that we do not let this crisis go to waste.’

Read’s thoughts are set out in a paper entitled ‘Some strategic scenario-scoping of the coronavirus-XR nexus.’ The paper is not meant to be widely read. ‘NB, this is a confidential document for internal XR use, NOT for publication!’ he writes at the head.

Small wonder. After all, says Read, even if the gloomiest projections of national and global mortality turn out to be accurate, ‘the direct risk to most of us from [coronavirus] is low, and the direct risk to humanity is low in the sense that even a very bad case scenario of a hundred million deaths, though horrible, would hardly break us.’

Read says that the virus ‘may overwhelm some healthcare systems’, including Britain’s NHS — in which case, ‘many of those who then need medical treatment, ill and old people especially, will not be able to get it, and some/many of them will die.’

But there is a bright side, he insists, because the virus will also test the ‘vulnerable, just-in-time systems’ of trade.

This, in turn, ‘might set off cascading breakdown effects, given how interconnected we have allowed our global system to become, how fragile and un-resilient many of our systems are, and how close to the edge some of them are already. Corona might lead indirectly to partial or complete collapses, especially in more vulnerable countries.’

That is a prospect Read seems to relish.

Full article here.


Much of the stuff about XR we already know, but it is his finishing comments which strike home:

Extreme as Read and his cohorts are, there is every sign that other influential figures are beginning to argue on similar lines — that the post-crisis world needs to be both different and less enjoyable, with things such as cheap foreign holidays, easy mobility and rising standards of living consigned to the past.

‘When the corona crisis is over, we’ll remember there’s something infinitely worse and more destructive hanging over us: the threat to our planet,’ the veteran BBC reporter — and inveterate earner of air miles — John Simpson tweeted last week.

According to the Oxford historian Peter Frankopan, the days of a ‘me-first world’ may be over, and if they are, ‘one beneficiary will be the climate: after all, the world’s lungs are already breathing more easily thanks to the collapse of industrial production’.

How a populace picking itself up after months of lockdown to survey a bleak vista of impoverishment and economic devastation may view such messages when the time comes remains to be seen.

It may depend on whether, with hindsight, the measures now being taken are seen as justified — or, as some are already arguing, as a catastrophic overreaction, which slightly prolonged the lives of a relatively small number of old and infirm people at an almost unimaginable cost.

Either way, Read’s thoughts are a guide to the coming battlelines.

  1. Saighdear permalink
    April 8, 2020 11:20 am

    Indeed a Re-set is no bad thing BUT: the scramble to accrue “brownie points” before / during the restart period could not only be almost equally fatal, but lead us off in the wrong direction completely: Something that was drummed into me many years ago: Military style leaders who chop and change direction will lose followers all the way along. and where does that end in any campaign?

    • Robert Jones permalink
      April 8, 2020 3:07 pm

      As someone who spent 30 years in the forces It isn’t a ‘military style leader’ characteristic to ‘chop and change direction’ once there is a challenge to be addressed, because good prior planning will have established a clear aim which takes account of any possible unknowns.

      As it happens I agree that there could well be some evaluations of activities or lack of activity which have revealed that parts of Whitehall will not have covered themselves in glory when the post-Covid-19 ‘lessons learned’ sequence takes place. President Trump refers to his ‘Deep State’ giving him problems and I believe that we have the same sort of ‘Common Purpose’-trained foot-draggers carrying on at senior levels in our own civil service, judiciary, police and academia. This will need to be sorted out once Brexit is concluded.

  2. April 8, 2020 11:23 am

    He’s completely deluded. like the whole lot of them.

    • April 8, 2020 12:27 pm

      Red Guards?

      “Through authority figures, such as teachers, using their positions as a form of absolute command rather than as educators gave students a reason to believe Red Guard messages.
      On August 22, 1966, a central directive was issued to stop police intervention in Red Guard activities”

  3. David Allan permalink
    April 8, 2020 11:29 am

    Mr Read and his ilk are nutters, pure and simple. They are very dangerous people. I am at a loss why he thinks that as a Professor of Philosophy he sees fit to foist on us his ruinous views on the planet’s climate.

    • April 8, 2020 12:16 pm

      Nutters XR may be, and dangerous ones to boot.
      The concern is that there are all too many people in positions of power, whether politicians, ‘slebs’, the media or do-gooders of all stripes, who also have vainglorious ambitions to ‘save the planet’. They listen to this stuff and would gladly use it as a hobgoblin (as Mencken put it) to try and scare us hoi polloi into acquiescence.
      One has only to look at the recent overzealous Covid-19 lockdown by the police and the Stasi-like snitching on neighbours for evidence that there are some seriously evil people around.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        April 8, 2020 8:12 pm

        But they would exempt themselves from the cure, I bet.

  4. john cooknell permalink
    April 8, 2020 11:43 am

    The world system is resilient because we take no notice of nutters like Read.

    The societal problems have been “can we get toilet rolls”

  5. April 8, 2020 11:48 am

    Never let a crisis go to waste is a mantra of agenda-waving opportunists.

  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    April 8, 2020 12:04 pm

    The nub of the crisis is surely whether as a consequence of deindustrialisation the level of CO2 in the atmosphere falls to about 350ppm, the Guardians ‘safe level’. If it doesn’t then XR’s climate emergency salvation plans won’t work and we will be shown not to understand the carbon cycle. Anyone have a view on the timescale to be expected?

    • Broadlands permalink
      April 8, 2020 3:17 pm

      “The nub of the crisis is surely whether as a consequence of deindustrialisation the level of CO2 in the atmosphere falls to about 350ppm, the Guardians ‘safe level’.”

      This myth is a big part of the problem. The level of CO2 cannot FALL under human supervision and activity. CO2 has to be extracted directly from the atmosphere by industrial capture and store technology. A return to 350 ppm (1987 value) will mean 65 ppm to store geologically somewhere. By mass, that’s about 500 gigatons! Completely absurd. Even a return to 400 ppm is out of reach. The timescale? Do the arithmetic. This is why lowering our CO2 emissions does nothing to what is already out there. Those in charge simply don’t get it as they try to destroy global economies by demanding it.

    • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
      April 8, 2020 3:26 pm

      If you are thinking of a decrease of CO2 in the atmosphere some folks guess that with human additions cut to “zero”, concentrations might go down by 2 ppm per year.
      If that were to happen with the 414 ppm now measured, getting to 350 would take 32 years. We are looking at 2052, but any such scenario would become apparent sooner.
      I’ll guess that “zero” will not be achieved. Next guess is that there will be no noticeable change in trend, ruling out a strike by a massive asteroid.

    • April 8, 2020 10:30 pm

      I wouldn’t be looking for a fall in the atmospheric CO2 concentration but slowing of the rate of increase should be apparent if the fundamental human-induced climate change hypothesis is valid.
      If there is a slowing this period of economic stress is a good indication of the minimum changes that would be required everywhere, permanently, to have any effect.
      If there is no slowing it would be a severe challenge to the supposed human emissions-CO2 nexus.

    • April 8, 2020 10:49 pm

      Of course human activity as the sole cause of the increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration is only the first step in a chain of causality claimed by the CC hypothesis.

  7. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    April 8, 2020 12:37 pm

    Time stinky rebellion were proscribed, along with Common Purpose.

  8. April 8, 2020 12:41 pm

    Having given us the Climate Change Act, the new Shadow Environment Secretary, Ed Miliband has links with XR via Labour think tank IPPR. With Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, he is Co-Chair of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission

    One of their “commissioners” is Farhana Yamin, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, founder of “Track 0” and an Extinction Rebellion activist. “An internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert, Farhana has advised leaders and countries for 20 years”.

    In addition to founding Track 0, (Money trail:, she is an associate fellow at Chatham House, a visiting professor at University College London and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change at the World Economic Forum.

    She is lead author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on adaptation and mitigation issues. [She is not a scientist but contributes to reports that are described as by “the world’s top scientists”]

    She continues to provide legal, strategy and policy advice to NGOs, foundations and developing nations on international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC.

    It is interesting that XR are represented at IPPR, as XR co-founder Gail Bradbrooke has a long association with them:

    Click to access gail_bradbrook_speech.pdf

    There is some background on Bradbrooke here,

    “Not long after finishing her post-doctoral research into ‘protein saccharide interactions’, she became a consultant for several ‘political charities’ and has, for the past 18 years worked exclusively as a professional campaigner – a role which, during a talk at Off-Grid Festival, she admits is “mostly about securing your own pay-check.”

    Gail epitomises the new generation of ‘professional activists’, having positioned herself at the epicentre of the revolving door between big business, government bureaucracies and establishment-friendly NGOs, campaign groups and charitable organisations, all of which increasingly function as the public face of international corporate and financial power.

    The fact of the matter is, Dr Gail Bradbrook is one of the UK State’s go-to ‘experts’, chosen to give (the right kind of) evidence at various parliamentary hearings and committees.”

  9. April 8, 2020 1:08 pm

    This kind of thinking and the activism strategies it implies are not an oddity but the norm in climate activism aka climate science. Natural disasters and wildfires for example are used to sell climate activism. These human tragedies are a joyful event for them and the more tragic the merrier. All the better to sell the climate with. Climate science cannot be understood as a science but it is easy to understand as activism.

  10. Immune to Propaganda permalink
    April 8, 2020 1:15 pm

    XR are the latest James Bond villains…..”We will rejoice the old people dying and then we can bring about the end of industry and Capitalism and take over the world with a one world government and us in charge……Mwwwhhhhuuuuu. ha, ha ,ha!!!!!”

  11. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 8, 2020 1:17 pm

    I won’t post a direct link as I don’t want to discredit this site or suggest it should be taken too literally/seriously, but Icke’s latest video on bitchute is worth looking up if you have a spare couple of hours! Much outrageous conspiracy theory but undoubtedly he touches on some potential truth.

    On does the virus exists? As I understand it, the suggested mechanism is that it destroys the cells, and as an RNA virus, the exosomes would contain it, so it would be the ‘same thing’, and it would be a valid diagnostic test – so he’s wrong about that.

    Is the virus danger overstated and are deaths being ascribed wrongly, and is the shutdown justified – yes yes no, probably, if you ask me.

    Building morgues for mass deaths – well that would just be consistent with believing the rubbish models as well as Musk planning to switch on 5G and depopulate the earth by melting lungs (OK perhaps not quite what Icke says!)

    Is 5G destroying lungs – I doubt it, but it is naive to believe that you can microwave people without any consequence whatsoever and it has been allowed without proper public debate and oversight.

    And the general goal of subjugation of the human race by a self-appointed global elite, well we certainly need to be constantly vigilant to that possibility – as the climate change business clearly demonstrates.

    • Dave Cowdell permalink
      April 8, 2020 5:14 pm

      Gr Nasty. Interesting that an associated conspiracy theory of climate modification, using cloud seeding which is evidenced by con trails ( Or chem trails as believers call them), latterly all con trails have disappeared over Pembrokeshire. Is this because there are now hardly any trans Atlantic flights or
      is it because the perpetrators of climate modification are self isolating?

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        April 9, 2020 12:28 pm

        LOL, interesting though that con trails from aircraft and exhaust plumes from shipping do both modify the climate – well ‘serious’ peer reviewed papers claiming this do exist anyway.

        And cloud seeding and weather modification experiments are a matter of actual fact.

        It’s easy to see how the more loony conspiracy theories arise, in many cases they are not much of an exaggeration of fact.

  12. saparonia permalink
    April 8, 2020 3:18 pm

    XR began about loving the planet, similar to the ‘make love not war’ of my generation, “we all wanna change the world” and all that. Joni Mitchell singing about nepalm dumps as butterflies
    Unfortunately half my generation were wiped out by the sudden appearance of heroin and other pernicious recreationals. Nobody thought about exactly how the world works, they were swept like a wave into oblivion, and had hero’s who wrote nice music.
    Today’s rebels should listen to a few Dylan albums and take not of the similarity. Politics politics, the nameless soldiers who die while a few people get famous and rich in the parks. Who do we remember?
    Now to wear a rainbow means bi-sexual, then it meant peace and love. But ITS THE SAME–
    – Motivation of the ones with aspiration, the young, for political agenda.
    Windows is a crappy and buggy operating system anyway.

    • Curious George permalink
      April 8, 2020 3:39 pm

      “sudden appearance of heroin” may refer to Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern times”, 1936.

      • saparonia permalink
        April 9, 2020 1:00 pm

        It was sudden in UK, before then it was cannabis then speed and LSD before heroin became widespread.

    • Steve C permalink
      April 9, 2020 9:32 am

      @saparonia – If you haven’t, you should read “Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation”, which can be picked up as a pdf here:

      Click to access inside-the-lc.pdf

      This started life as a series of blog posts by Dave McGowan, which explains one or two odd references in the pdf, and it will blow all your preconceived notions about “the hippie generation” out of the water. It did mine. Seriously recommended reading.

      • saparonia permalink
        April 9, 2020 12:47 pm

        Steve C. Exactly my point, it’s a repeating cycle of people influencing the emerging generation of young adults. Stirring them up because they’re easily influenced by the herd mentality.
        Even the tag “hippie” was an insult and referred to the wearing of trousers that hung on the hips. I never claimed to be a “hippie” .
        I was lucky to escape the influx of hard drugs, thanks to a heroin addict called Trev in Cambridge who I doubt is alive now, and he took me to show me what reality was, into a hospital room full of the victims of the time, sick, excrement and devastation. This was around 1970.
        Nothing like the image we are given. But I did see it. We really thought we could change the world, stop wars. The kids now who protest about CO2, which is ridiculous are the same as we were and they’re blinded by the crowd mentality. It would be really difficult for any one of them to stand up and say hang on this isn’t right.

  13. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 8, 2020 3:45 pm

    Heller covered this stunt, but it’s gotten worse – wrong sort of climate change – unusually high Svalbard ice.

  14. Gamecock permalink
    April 8, 2020 4:03 pm

    ‘the days of a ‘me-first world’ may be over’

    It is a prescription for death. Secure yourself, then help others is the correct way.

    “In the unlikely event of the loss of cabin pressure, help other people put on their oxygen masks before you put on your own.”

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 8, 2020 8:36 pm

      They mean: ‘You-first’. ‘They’ are not part of the hoi-poloi. They are above all that.
      They represent the worst of juvenile politics.

      • Gamecock permalink
        April 9, 2020 1:59 pm

        ‘the days of a ‘you-first world’ may be over’


  15. Richard permalink
    April 8, 2020 6:14 pm

    50-100 million died in the early 20th century and they didn’t peddle such twaddle.

  16. M E permalink
    April 8, 2020 10:26 pm

    I think that Extinction twits view other people as units not individuals like themselves.There is no US. the human race is not a single organism. Lack of imagination and sense of proportion is a mark of these individuals .

  17. M E permalink
    April 9, 2020 12:04 am

    ‘The largest age group affected remained 20 to 29-year-olds, who made up 57 of 195 cases; followed by 50 to 59-year-olds at 40; and 30 to 39-year-olds at 26. ‘

    From Southern Region New Zealand where we are in Lockdown nationally.

    see Otago Daily Press daily for updates .

  18. fretslider permalink
    April 9, 2020 11:40 am

    How many air miles has John Simpson racked up?

  19. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 9, 2020 12:35 pm

    The BBC has already turned CV19 into a ‘social justice’ issue, apparently it’s killing a disproportionate proportion of minorities in (some areas?) of the UK and USA. Couple of days ago:-

    Their live coverage has really been pushing the issue today.

    • April 9, 2020 2:28 pm

      As with “climate change”, which affects “people of colour” disproportionately, apparently.

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