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    “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on."
    ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Myth of Extinction Rebellion

What started out as a typical video spiraled out into a full-blown, (albeit minor) film that should inform and shift perspectives about the looming earth emergencies:

One media outlet recently described the highly funded and organized burgeoning International climate protest movement as, “based deeply on contemporary research and rigorous analysis of what has made social and revolutionary movements successful throughout history and while organised on flexible scale-uppable decentralised principles borne out of silicon valley start-ups, the movement also has another aspect deep in its core…”

But what had made me so loyal to a platoon I had known so briefly – during not more than a few short meetings in the weeks leading up to the protest? The answer – at least for me – lies in the power of religion-like elements such as myths, rituals and magic to sustain political and social movements.

Timothy Stacey

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