From this moment despair ends and tactics begin
Year2019 (2019)
Coordinates51°30′47″N 0°09′33″W / 51.5131°N 0.1592°W / 51.5131; -0.1592 (From this moment despair ends and tactics begin)

From this moment despair ends and tactics begin is a stencil mural at Marble Arch in London by the graffiti artist Banksy. It was created during Extinction Rebellion protests in London in 2019 when Marble Arch was a base for the protestors.[1]

The slogan is a quotation from The Revolution of Everyday Life by the Situationist philosopher Raoul Vaneigem.[2] This book was first published in 1967 as Traité de savoir-vivre à l'usage des jeunes générations and inspired many such slogans painted as graffiti by Paris students during the unrest of May 68.[3] It then inspired British revolutionaries such as the Angry Brigade.[4]

The accompanying picture shows a child planting a seedling and labelling it with the extinction symbol, which is the logo of Extinction Rebellion.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ Lanre Bakare (26 April 2019), "London Extinction Rebellion mural is a Banksy, says expert", The Guardian
  2. ^ Harding, Jeremy (4 April 2020), "The Arrestables", London Review of Books, 42 (8), ISSN 0260-9592
  3. ^ Buchanan, Ian (2010), "Raoul Vaneigem", A Dictionary of Critical Theory, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/acref/9780199532919.001.0001, ISBN 9780191726590
  4. ^ Plant, Sadie (22 January 2002), The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a Postmodern Age, Routledge, p. 127, ISBN 978-1-134-92530-8
  5. ^ Danesi, Marcel (13 January 2022), Warning Signs: The Semiotics of Danger, Bloomsbury Academic, p. 100, ISBN 978-1-350-17830-4
  6. ^ Price, David (28 August 2020), The Power of Us: How we connect, act and innovate together, Thread, p. 30, ISBN 978-1-80019-118-1