XR are a subset of the group “… who have the widespread conviction of the futility of [their] actual, experienced life; and a hatred of that nation and civilization which imposes such a life upon [them]; and the inner blankness, fear and despair resulting from such convictions.”
From Bruce Charlton. He then explains why, like polar bears or pandas in a zoo, they lose the desire to reproduce. What he does not say (in that particular post anyway) something important: that power relations take the place of the desire to have a biological family.
I would say it does, and that would be why for the new Left who rules is everything. Their nihilism reverts them to being un-civilized, and worse.
In absolute contrast, normal people largely think it should barely matter who governs in what should be a peaceful world, and progress should comprise of an increase in competence and prosperity.
Charlton goes on to say “Ultimately, the captivity of Modern Man is self-chosen, self-imposed; which is why they cannot see the obvious.” I would further, and get quite crass: XR and the new style bureaucrats are political allies (their motivations largely overlap), and therefore — both being new Left — have the urge to form a new couple. But what kind? What about those other expressions of power? Since their boundaries – self vs non-self – are damaged.
- XR seem to unconsciously want pure tyranny. Over themselves. Some seem to want to be grabbed by the police. Some of them chain themselves to things. No question their mime is weird.
- Meanwhile the latter are trying for two things. Control of everything in a sweet, bureaucratic type of way. And actually are trying to save the planet, albeit delusionally. Carrying off XR to make XR happy isn’t necessary to those ends.
In other words together they are like some asexual S&M couple with the bondee more enthusiastic. XR does resemble Fellini’s Satyricon images.
This may be why regular people on the sidelines just shake their heads at the oddness. Asking both ‘Why is XR doing that?’ and ‘Why aren’t they being arrested?’
So, yes, what they do is partly bullying, an infantile tantrum to get what they want, partly a way to kill time, but that is not the entire story.