I'm actually very involved in my local chapter and I think there's a lot of valuable things to learn from XR which most people on this forum should consider. I'll answer your questions first and then I'll give my own thoughts.
>Is Extinction Rebellion in any way salvagable?
Depends on which chapter you're referring to. XR doesn't have any central leadership or coordination, it's really just a bunch of cells which talk to each other and voluntarily cooperate, if that's what they decide to do anyway. So there's some huge variance between different cells that exist, some are quite stagnant and run by boomer greenies, and should be ignored imo. Others though, like the one I'm involved in, is quite active and was started by some long term environmental activists and anarchists, this means we have a much stronger anti-capitalist trend, even if that's not explicit in our media and messaging. Because of this, our long term strategy is, imo, quite good and involves getting local groups set up in every other neighborhood in our state, which we're actually making decent progress with The tldr on that question is it really depends on which chapter you're involved in.
>If not, how should the green movements carry themselves forward? I observe that Extinction Rebellion got a lot of attention and membership, which is good
This is where leftists really need to pull their heads out of their asses and learn from XR, rather than larping while they wait for 'the revolution' to happen. Yes, XR has far more active members than any major leftist org that I've ever encountered, and I expect that to be the case in a lot of places. Why is this? Imo this is due to a couple things:
1) XR has managed to create a brand which is new and positions itself as anti-establishment.People are looking for an anti-establishment organization, however, the ones that had already existed were communist and that aesthetic and lingo has been inoculated against; decades and decades of red scare and the failures of past socialist experiments have made it very unlikely for a regular joe to see hope in a socialist org.
2) Impactful praxis based on 'scientific' research (I'll get to the 'research later'). Civil disobedience, even if people on here dislike it, is a huge factor in XR's success. It has done a couple things, firstly it has gotten a huge amount of media attention, giving a ton of outreach to XR enabling it to connect to new potential members, secondly it has given an outlet for frustrated and desperate folk to feel empowered (whether or not it is actually empowering is another discussion) resulting a higher number of committed and actively engaged members. You're not going to inspire many people with your org just by flyering, you actually have to get people's attention and inspire, XR is doing that.
>I do wonder if that can be replicated without playing into the downsides of the organization and especially its almost exclusively liberal tactics.
Okay let's consider the faults of XR:
1) BS theory of change based on research that doesn't consider that past movement which employed civil disobedience were not aiming to restructure the entire economy. What a new org should learn here is obviously that you need a better analysis of history which correctly understands what is required to change society.
2) The liberal nature; aiming for reform rather than revolution/dual-state power. If you were to start a new org, and like XR you get to the stage where local groups are happening, it needs to be a part of your mobilization strategy that you're getting key coordinators involved in the local groups that we're not going to save society by asking the government for help. Ultimately it's up to us to build the alternative, peacefully for as long as possible, but we have to understand that eventually we wont have the privilege of a non-fascist government.
I've attached an essay that I've nearly finished which is a critique of XR and then proposes a solution. It's aimed at people who may be on board with XR, so yall might find it basic, but I'd appreciate feedback if you're willing to give it. >>221572
Absolutely based>>221157>>221166>>221173>>221227>>222349>XR is a cointelpro op
This is fucking dumb jesus christ. Just because people are engaging in praxis which is based on a less than ideal analysis of reality, that does not mean they are the enemy. NO REVOLUTION IN HISTORY HAS BEEN COMPOSED OF 100% COMMUNISTS, COMMUNISTS ARE MEANT TO HELP PUSH THE LIBERALS FORWARD, NOT GO MAKE A CIRCLE JERK.