by UnHerd News
Wednesday, 3
November 2021
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Insulate Britain founder’s extremist manifesto

Roger Hallam argues that action needs to be fearless and illegal
by UnHerd News
Roger Hallam wrote: ‘Action needs to be dramatic, epic, outrageous, fearless and illegal’

Environmental activist Roger Hallam, co-founder of both Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, has published an extraordinary 20 page treatise calling on young people to take illegal direct action to save their generation from ‘annihilation’. It paints an apocalyptic vision of the effects of climate change, prophesying that a failure to act will lead to their deaths and complete social breakdown:

The endpoint of social collapse then is war played out in every city, every neighbourhood, every street. This is what’s going to happen to your generation, and this appalling situation is liable to become commonplace. A gang of boys will break into your house demanding food. They will see your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, and they will gang rape her on the kitchen table.
- Roger Hallam

Hallam, who wrote the letter while he was in prison on suspicion of flying drones around Heathrow Airport last year, said he delayed publication so that it could find the right audience. Explaining that the Radical Left and Liberal Left had failed in the efforts to save the environment over the last 30 years, the activist demanded that the young take a fresh approach to non-violent direct action:

Action needs to be dramatic, epic, outrageous, fearless and illegal. Think of your most ambitious idea and times it by 10…Feel the fear, put it to one side, and do it anyway. It will be glorious. It will make you a hero, and most importantly it might just save your generation from hell. Remember, everyone around you will think it’s a terrible idea…
- Roger Hallam

Continuing the terrifying tone, Hallam warns that sooner or later young people will ‘feel the terror and horror of what is to come’:

It’s about mental collapse, the loss of all your dreams and being dragged off to be slaughtered in war. It is about being brutalised, it’s about rape and slow starvation, ending in early death for the thousands of millions of young people around the world today.
- Roger Hallam

Hallam insists that he does not advocate violence, which ‘only poisons hearts’, but instead hopes to radically subvert the nation state, which is where ‘power lies’:

Power lies in the nation state, in the state government, this is where the rules are actually made. This is where people facilitate the genocide that’s coming. Close down the stage, and the power will come to the table. Find the physical choke points of the system, the times and the places where evil resides and does its bidding, and choke them.
- Roger Hallam

For decades, Roger Hallam has been involved in various forms of radical environmental protest, leading at times to stints in prison. But over the last two years, the activist has changed tack, leaving behind historically Left-leaning environmental groups to make a pitch to social conservatives and centrists. In a conversation with UnHerd last year, he told Freddie Sayers that “disruption isn’t anti-conservative” and argued that conservatives should not be afraid to embrace radical environmentalism. 

Whether conservatives will be attracted by his latest broadside remains to be seen.

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Francis MacGabhann
Francis MacGabhann
10 months ago

Another idiot who thinks the world has been waiting for him to save it.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
10 months ago

I assume Hallam is now in jail, or a police cell, for ‘incitement’, encouraging people to break the law ? Or does that only apply to people who the establishment don’t sympathise or have common cause with ?

Prashant Kotak
Prashant Kotak
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Absolutely. I posted the same point, then saw your post. He is advocating throwing law and order out the window.

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
10 months ago
Reply to  Prashant Kotak

Do you think his Twitter account is blocked?

Kotak, if you like his ilk, try ‘Urban 75’, the anarchist forum. Always full of all kinds of fringe politics – one of the sites where they communicate about ‘Demos’ and organize strategies. I always get banned, even though I try hard to just be conversational and not judgemental, and always link when I give information supporting my views….But the instinct to cancel wrong-thinkers overtakes the wish for informed discussion in the anarchist/Left.

D Glover
D Glover
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

A gang of boys will break into your house demanding food. They will see your mother, your sister, your girlfriend……

I think we know what would happen to a ‘right-winger’ who said as much.

Ethniciodo Rodenydo
Ethniciodo Rodenydo
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Should not Extinction Rebellion now be classified as a terrorist organisation. After all was not national Action banned because of some tweets about Jo Cox

michael stanwick
michael stanwick
10 months ago

The content of these excerpts is seriously disturbing. Particularly because of the message’s impact on children when they are exposed to it.

Prashant Kotak
Prashant Kotak
10 months ago

I thought public incitement to illegal acts is prosecutable in every country in the world.

G A
G A
10 months ago

Lmao what a nutbar.

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
10 months ago
Reply to  G A

Best post.

Because he is obviously a deluded, Narcissist, Sociopath out to do as much harm as possible, and naturally for the ‘Greater Good’ as that excuse if needed to mask his real wishes. Antifa are exactly this kind, and a society run by him and his ilk would be the darkest and poorest imaginable.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
10 months ago

He sounds like the Unabomber.

Ethniciodo Rodenydo
Ethniciodo Rodenydo
10 months ago
Reply to  Julian Farrows

I thought he had a more moderate manifesto

Karl Francis
Karl Francis
10 months ago
Reply to  Julian Farrows

Or Emperor what’s hisface?
All he needs is a big black chair, bolts of lightening coming from his hands and Darth Vader looking on.
Bloody nightmare.

Lucille Dunn
Lucille Dunn
10 months ago

Clearly fixated on rape. His discourse is all about violence, aggression, wounding and killing. He needs psychiatric help. The scenarios he waves around are eco-disaster porn. Pitiful, but dangerous. The sort of people who flock to demagogues often perceive their madness as a gateway to privileged enlightenment.

John Tyler
John Tyler
10 months ago

To sum up: he’s an anarchist. Prat!

Ian Barton
Ian Barton
10 months ago

Maybe the next suggestion will be that the West should invade China in order to shut down its coal fired power stations ?

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
10 months ago
Reply to  Ian Barton

He has never, once, mentioned China, nor have there been any XR demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy.

Supposed climate change is just a vehicle for this dangerous, probably mentally ill fanatic. Have you ever seen him interviewed? His evasions, complete ignoring of any questions, and talking over the interviewer would any of our much-maligned politicians blush!

He loves his bit of power.

Sharon Overy
Sharon Overy
10 months ago

A couple of years ago, he admitted that XR is not really about environmentalism, at least not to the founders and leadership. It was the vehicle by which they hoped to overthrow Western civilisation.

Their aims were the usual ‘destroy capitalism’, ‘dismantle the nuclear family’, ‘overthrow heteronormative patriarchy’ stuff that always turns out to be the real cause behind radical movements. XR have chosen to attempt this through environmentalism, BLM through racial grievance, and so on.

jill dowling
jill dowling
10 months ago

He even looks like the grim reaper

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
10 months ago

This guy is a terrorist and should be treated as such. Or possibly put into an asylum.

Drahcir Nevarc
Drahcir Nevarc
10 months ago

Has he been reported to Prevent yet?