There are good ways and bad ways to organize protests. Good ways to organize protests are protests like Rosa Parks refusing to sit at the back of the bus, or staging protests at the steps of Capitol Hill or other places, so long as they remain non-violent.
Bad ways to organize protests are shutting down busy streets and/or public transportation to keep commuters from getting to work and forcing them to “listen” to their “important” message regarding climate change.
The latter is what the idiotic climate change group “Extinction Rebellion” has decided as of late.
As if the embarrassing “Shut Down DC” event wasn’t enough, the brainwashed loons have held other, relatively similar protests, shutting down streets and even shutting down London Tube subway stations.
According to the BBC: “Extinction Rebellion activists climbed on to trains at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell in Thursday’s rush hour. Eight protesters have been arrested, British Transport Police (BTP) said. The Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway were temporarily suspended. Extinction Rebellion later said it would ‘take stock’ of the reaction to the latest action for future protests. Spokesman Howard Rees said: ‘Was it the right thing to do? I am not sure. I think we will have to have a period of reflection. It is too early to say.’”
No, forcing people to miss work and listen to your insane rhetoric is not the right thing to do. Whether or not one buys into the insanity that is the climate change cult, no one wants to be disturbed from being able to get to work and pay their bills, feed their families, etc.
At the London Tube situation, commuters yanked the protesters off of the railcars, with some attempting to hit the protesters too. Obviously, hitting the protesters is wrong and they shouldn’t do that, but the protesters shouldn’t be disrupting entire systems just to spout their nonsense.
What’s more, it is extremely ironic that they would be willing to shut down public transportation when public transportation is one of the things they want more people to use.
Not that I expect these people to have the mental capacity to recognize the irony and uselessness of their actions.
But the worst part about the entire thing is that they do themselves no favors with gaining public support when they are ACTIVELY ANNOYING THE PUBLIC!
It’d be like a politician trying to garner support by insulting his or her supporters. How likely is such a tactic to work?
Even the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, condemned the protesters, releasing an official statement that reads:
“I strongly condemn the Extinction Rebellion protestors who have targeted the London Underground and DLR this morning. This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work. It is also an unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers. I urge demonstrators to protest peacefully and within the boundaries of the law.”
Arguably, a way to help police officers from being overstretched would be keeping them from arresting people who “offend” others on Facebook, but that’s an argument for another time.
When the very Leftist Muslim mayor of London is wagging his finger at these people, you know how little support they have. But again, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone. You don’t do yourself any favors by acting in this manner, by actively annoying and disrupting people’s lives in this way.
Politically, I don’t want them to stop because it only hurts their cause, but humanely, I want them to stop because who knows how badly these people need to get to where they need to go?
Maybe someone in that crowd of disrupted Londoners had to get to an important job interview and could very well have missed it as a result. Maybe someone had a medical emergency and needed to get to a hospital or clinic quickly. Maybe someone is working a minimum wage job and time missed would mean a smaller paycheck to afford their rent or food or bills, etc.
In disrupting people like this, it only serves to get people turned off from the issue they are trying to raise. And while the issue in question is insanely idiotic, some people buy into it, clearly. But no one would be willing to support these guys if they only prove to be a nuisance to the general population.
Don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to help Extinction Rebellion in the least. I would love for them to continue to be seen as a nuisance and for their efforts to utterly backfire on them, as they have been so far.
However, looking at it from a human standpoint, disrupting the lives of busy and employed people (yes, I am heavily implying that Extinction Rebellion protesters don’t have jobs, given they have the time to do this sort of thing) is not helpful to anyone.
Again, you just don’t know how necessary it is for someone to get to where they need to go and time is of the essence. To stage such protests, regardless of intention, is entirely counterproductive both for the protesters and for the commuters they are halting.
But I highly doubt these people will simply stop as a result of this. At the end of the day, they are narcissists who believe and expect that others support them and their cause and agree with them entirely. They stage such protests because they expect to be lauded as heroes by the people and the media for bringing attention to the “issue” of climate change.
At the end of the day, however, they are nothing more than the crazy people who shout: “The end is near! The end is near!” After all, that’s what Extinction Rebellion is all about: insisting that the world is ending because of climate change.
They believe just about everyone agrees with them and might even join in on their activities, but being the narcissists that they are, forget that other people have jobs to get to and things to do.
Again, there most likely were people among those commuters who overall agreed with the message being sent out, but heavily disagreed with the means by which to send out the message. In this manner, they only hurt the very people who support their ideology. And those that don’t only get even more pissed at them for disrupting their lives in such a way for such a ridiculous reason.
Like I have said before, climate change alarmism is nothing more than a cult. They live and die by their ideology of climate hysteria and have recently seemingly selected their “savior” in Greta Thunberg (who might fall out of favor when they find another, younger kid to abuse for their insane ideology). No amount of scientific fact or evidence will convince them that they are wrong. They are emotionally and spiritually invested in this, leading them to make irrational arguments and do irrational things such as halting entire public transport systems just to lecture people about the environmental benefits of using public transport.
They are wrong about everything they believe and can easily be proven such, but that will never deter them. They have been successfully brainwashed to do the political Left’s bidding.
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