There is protest across the world – from Extinction Rebellion to Occupy, from Hong Kong to Barcelona, Beirut, Quito, Santiago, and Cairo. But this time there are no leaders. It is a new form of rebellion made possible by the web.

Will these movements grow and lead to a radical form of democracy enabling expression of individual beliefs without a controlling centre? Or are they made weak and vacuous by having no leadership that can drive political change? Is this the beginning of a new form of anarchist politics? Or the expression of incoherent and contradictory desires that will make no lasting mark on society?

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam defends disruptive protest.

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