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The Mad King – Audio Edition

The Mad King – Audio Edition

Extinction Rebellion and the tyrant that reigns over us in 2021.

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The climate protest group Extinction Rebellion have set up camp in my part of London.

So this week, reflections on their mission, its legitimacy, and what it tells us about the nature and uses of power in 2021.

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1. A few days ago, Extinction Rebellion parked a whopping great double-decker bus across London Bridge, one of the main routes in and out of the city’s financial district.

2. Four decades after Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan, another Englishman, John Locke, was inspired to make his reply: resistance can be legitimate if the sovereign fails in his duty to protect life and liberty.

3. XR’s stated mission is clear: they are protesting against government inaction on climate change.

4. I’ve written before on the idea that our democracies are being hijacked by an accelerating quest for tech-fuelled convenience.

5. Survey data released by Ipsos MORI last week showed that 32% of Britons agree that climate change is ‘a major issue for the country’, making it second only to COVID in the list of national concerns.

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Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan inspired the greatest illustration ever featured in any work of philosophy.

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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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