Should the more-than-250 Australian academics who have thrown their support behind Extinction Rebellion be sacked? Recently, a letter signed by hundreds of taxpayer-funded professors and lecturers working at Australian universities backed the extremist group, stating that its tactic of deliberate mass-lawbreaking was not only right, but a “moral duty”. The letter, published in the Guardian and the Green Left Weekly warned that if humans continued “to violate the fundamental laws of nature” then “social unrest and civilisation collapse are likely”.
The academics also used this letter to declare their support “for the urgent establishment of a treaty with First Nation Australians to recognise Indigenous sovereignty”, because apparently Aborigines are magical creatures of nature and signing a piece of paper to give them more power will somehow change the climate.
So a large chunk of the people who are funded by the tax money of Australian citizens, to teach the children of those citizens how to view the world, endorsed a group which openly advocates for the mass breaking of the laws of Australia. A mass-lawbreaking that in Melbourne alone has cost those same taxpayers more than $3 million dollars. Worse, they encourage the impressionable students under their care to break the law in joining the disruptive road blocking protests that have made Extinction Rebellion notorious.
If that wasn’t bad enough, in Australia, a large chunk of the Extinction Rebellion network has been infiltrated and taken over by revolutionary Marxist extremists who openly declare that they want to use the environmental movement as a stepping stone towards their ultimate goal of overthrowing the government and implementing a totalitarian state. While shocking, it is hardly surprising that the faculties that have proven such fertile breeding grounds for Trotskyist extremists, also boast professors that endorse the front groups of those same extremists.
The question the rest of us need to ask is this: why are the rest of us paying for these people? Why are our taxes going to fund the pay-cheques of people who then advocate for illegal and sometimes violent protest that has to be contained by law enforcement, costing us yet more tax money? These academics aren’t advocating for political protest. They’re advocating breaking the law.
Why should we continue to pay these people to poison the minds of our future teachers, lawyers and journalists, when they clearly hold views and endorse actions that the vast majority of people who pay their salaries would find objectionable and downright wrong? Clearly they think that the letters they print after their names and the pieces of paper they hang on the walls of their offices gives them a divine right to the money the rest of us pay in taxes.
Are they right? Are the rest of us just cows to be milked for their benefit? Or do we have the right to ask for accountability from powerful public servants who advocate breaking the law while preaching an apocalyptic cult of coming doom?
Should the academics who endorsed a protest group preaching illegal activisty, with links to violent extremist groups, be sacked? Damn right, they should be sacked. The only shame is that it wont happen.