Activist group launches campaign to deflate tires of SUVs in wealthy areas to combat climate change

By incorporating the malleability of young minds eager to conform to the next social media craze with the volatility of Alinskyite tactics geared toward disruption, one radical activist group is proposing a not-so-subtle way to exert pressure to justify the ends of their Green agenda with “The SUV Flat Tire Challenge.”

Adbusters, which bills themselves as “an international collective” of activists utilizing various forms of expression, took to social media Wednesday to promote their latest effort at disruption. Calling it a “gentle escalation of methods” they argued that something must be done about SUVs because they are “the 2nd-largest contributor” to carbon emissions since 2010.

“So here’s what we do,” the activists proposed. “Wedge gravel in the tire valves, leaflet the SUV to let them know the tires are flat and why it was done, and walk away.”

“It’s that simple,” they contend. “If we organize, we can hit enough SUVs in particular neighborhoods to spark reporting and spread the metameme.”

Their short-term objective is detailed as “to engender a systemic aversion to SUVs” because “we are failing the test” in addressing “the biggest crisis” that is climate change.

In the 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals,” Saul Alinsky promoted this very kind of “non-violent” tactic to shift the power paradigm.

“In the world of give and take,” Alinsky wrote, “tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.”

Despite their insistence that they would target the wealthy, “our goal isn’t to disrupt workers – and avoid targeting vehicles with disabled stickers or hangers,” social media did not take kindly to the merest suggestion that activists would be tampering with the private property of others.

Unfortunately, when dealing with radicals, direct interaction like this puts one in a lose-lose scenario. Alinsky had covered this as well writing, “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

He added, “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

As such, Adbusters responded to the “death threats” by criticizing the means by which “the wealthy” were enabled “ownership of a luxury item like an SUV.”

That’s right. If you own one of the crossovers pictured in the original post to ferry your family to school or after school activities, your “privilege” makes you as bad as a global corporation. They were called out for this absurd position as well.

Fox Business reported that they reached out to Twitter for clarity on their rules regarding “abusive behavior” that state, “You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.”

Despite that policy, Adbusters has not been blocked, banned or required to delete their posting. Instead, as shown, they have been permitted to double down on their behavior.


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