Me after being unlocked from the Scottish Parliament, June 2019

We’re in a time of great polarisation, largely driven by social media, in which it’s difficult to have reasoned, evidence-based discussions about political topics. I sincerely hope this modest contribution brings more light than heat. Obviously, the opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.

Those who know me, know that I’m a big fan of nonviolent direct action as an effective and empowering path to a better world. Voting, not so much. As the philosopher Henry David Thoreau put it in 1849: “Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. …

by Robert Alcock, XR Scotland activist, August 2020

Note: The opinions in this piece are my own, not representative of any XR group or anyone else. It’s written in a spirit of constructive criticism and I hope it will be read in the same light. When you see your friends making what you think are mistakes, you have a duty to tell them, as quickly and clearly as you can.


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Robert Alcock

writer, ecodesigner, XR activist

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