More on Deep Green Resistance and the fringe of the environmental movement, that’s the topic of tonight’s Byline.
It would be easy to dismiss the Deep Green Resistance group as radicals to be ignored.
They are but three people, albeit three dangerous people that seem to call for the building of a movement that embraces violence.
Aric McBay, one of the authors of Deep Green Resistance, came on the show yesterday and denied his book, his group advocated assassination as a tool for their cause.
Here’s what McBay himself wrote on page 407 of his book:
“In talking about assassination (or any attack on humans) in the context of resistance, two key questions must be asked.”
I would say the two questions should be:
1. Have you lost your freaking mind?
2. Have you lost your freaking mind?
You are talking about assassination. That’s what I would ask, but not McBay. He may look like a meek, mild, bespectacled, tofu eating, bicycle riding greenie but listen to the cold and calculating questions he says should be asked about assassination.
“First, is the act strategically beneficial, that is, would assassination further the strategy of the group? Second, is the act morally just, given the person in question?”
He talks about assassination and seriously asks, will this further our aims and is it just. He says his book concludes that assassinations will not further the environmental cause – but I don’t read it that way.
This is about more than asking rhetorical questions…..this is a man who helped write a book that details how to set up aboveground and underground movements.
The aboveground groups engage in typical activism – petitions, advocacy, social networks and the like.
Underground groups, in McBay’s own words, carryout the illegal activities.
Which could include sabatoge.
“Strategy A: Engage in direct militant actions against industrial infrastructure, especially infrastructure.”
That’s the strategy, but McBay gives much more than strategy, he provides tactics that enviro resisters can use. He recommends targeting bridges, tunnels, ravines and oil industry targets “What target (s) can be disrupted or destroyed to cause maximum damage to the entire enemy system? Multiple concurrent surprise attacks are ideal for resistance movements, and can cause cascading failures.”
But no, don’t worry, he’s not advocating violence…..not at all.
He’s telling you how to do it. He’s telling you why it is justified. He points out that if only Hitler had been killed as a child, things would be different. But there is no threat of violence.
I wish I could say this was just three whacky people with extreme ideas.
But its not.
Is it a huge movement? It doesn’t seem that way but they don’t need a huge movement to cause violence.
They do have cells popping up across North America though.
This past weekend the group also held a film screening in Toronto.
In May they held a conference in San Francisco and somehow, despite believing that we should all stop using oil, Mr. McBay made it to the conference.
I hope he didn’t fly. How would you feel about flying next to someone who believes we need to stop using oil, that we need to collapse the system and that violence to achieve that end goal is permissible.
We can’t just dismiss this group and hope they go away.
We need to denounce them, yes. But more than that we need to know their tactics and watch for them in use.
And that’s the Byline.