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May 7, 2007

Save The Planet ! Kill The Humans !

by Doug Mataconis

That’s what one radical environmentalist, a guy by the name of Paul Watson, is saying:

We should not be living in human communities that enclose tiny preserved ecosystems within them. Human communities should be maintained in small population enclaves within linked wilderness ecosystems. No human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas. Communication systems can link the communities.

In other words, people should be placed in parks within ecosystems instead of parks placed in human communities. We need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.

We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion. We need to eliminate nationalism and tribalism and become Earthlings. And as Earthlings, we need to recognize that all the other species that live on this planet are also fellow citizens and also Earthlings. This is a planet of incredible diversity of life-forms; it is not a planet of one species as many of us believe.

We need to stop burning fossil fuels and utilize only wind, water, and solar power with all generation of power coming from individual or small community units like windmills, waterwheels, and solar panels.

Sea transportation should be by sail. The big clippers were the finest ships ever built and sufficient to our needs. Air transportation should be by solar powered blimps when air transportation is necessary.

All consumption should be local. No food products need to be transported over hundreds of miles to market. All commercial fishing should be abolished. If local communities need to fish the fish should be caught individually by hand.

And if you doubted just how hardcore Paul Watson is, consider this:

Paul Watson is one of the fathers of environmental terrorism. The group he founded and leads, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), is a pirate organization that sails around the world, terrorizing fishermen. Wearing a long bowie knife and carrying AK-47s on board, he threatens to ram any ship that won’t give in to his demands. Watson was a founder of Greenpeace, but the group banished him in 1977 in disapproval of his violent tactics. He is a board member of the Sierra Club.

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Watson is a misanthrope who has said that “earthworms are far more valuable than people.”

And, unlike people, earthworms can’t blog about just how much of a nut you are.

H/T: Mises Economic Blog

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  • http://noangst.blogspot.com mike

    I’m a fan of the Rainbow Six response to people like this…after eco-terrorists tried to wipe out the population by unleashing a super-hemorrhagic fever virus on the world, they’re tracked back to their jungle hideout. The good guys come in and neutralize their resistance. They strip the surviving eco-terrorists, blow up the compound and all supplies, and get set to fly out on their helicopters.

    “But how will we survive?”

    “You wanted to live with nature? Now’s your chance. If you change your mind, civilization is about 100 miles through the jungle that way.”

  • World Citizen

    Actually, Sea Shepherd is obviously not for the killing of humans. To state the obvious to the ignorant, people who take action to protect endangered species of whales are generally the types who do not support killing people.
    The person above who has written ‘Save the planet! Kill the humans!’ in relation to the Sea Sheperd article is obviously very ignorant.
    Sea Shepherd have not harmed one person in the 20 years they have been around. They have been dedicated to saving life.
    But hey, they make sure endangered mammals under protection of international conservation law are not harmed by illegal means. For some reason this threatens some people and they then have to try to slander them by making up pure undiluted CRAP.
    Educate yourself before slandering good people. And maybe try getting on the right side while you’re at it.

  • Ted

    World Citizen,

    I have actually never paid that much attention to Sea Shepherd. But, upon reading your comments, I decided to look around.

    I found this:
    http://www.highnorth.no/Library/Movements/Sea_Shepherd/se-sh-re.htm
    The article chronicles people being harmed by the orginization.

    Now, this compilation may be accurate or inaccurate.

    Some of his quotes make it seem more likely to be accurate, as do quotes by others.

    As Paul Watson states in his book, Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals, “To remain nonviolent totally is to allow the perpetuation of violence against people, animals, and the environment. The Catch-22 of it—the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t dilemma—is that, if we eschew violence for ourselves, we often thereby tacitly allow violence for others, who are then free to settle issues violently until they are resisted, necessarily with violence.”

    Scott Trimmingham, president of Sea Shepherd quits in protest. “We had rules about not hurting anyone, about not using weapons. I left because those rules and that philosophy seems to be changing,” he said to “Outside” magazine (Sept. 1991).

    Books written in support of him, such as Earth Warrior, admit to ramming ships. While fatalities may not be involved, I am sure someone has been hurt at least once. But, again, I could be wrong.

    Other quotes by Paul Watson seem… equally prepared to do violence:

    “There are 30-million plus species on this planet. They’re all earthlings. They’re all equal. Some are more “equal” than others, I admit: earthworms are far more valuable than people.”
    — Paul Watson “Animal Rights 2002” convention, 6/30/02

    “There’s nothing wrong with being a terrorist, as long as you win. Then you write the history.”
    — Sierra Club board member Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention,

    “The fact is that we live in an extremely violent culture, and we all justify violence if it’s for what we believe in.”
    — Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention,

    “We should never feel like we’re going too far in breaking the law, because whatever laws you break to liberate animals or to protect the environment are very insignificant.”
    — Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention

    But just because I found these quotes does not mean that Watson ever hurt anyone. Maybe he has. Maybe he has not. But he has said he will not be pre-occupied by the chance of killing someone, and he feels that any violence done to protect animals is fine, even at the espense of human life.

    And that’s a fine view. But it’s pretty hard to take that view and fit with:

    To state the obvious to the ignorant, people who take action to protect endangered species of whales are generally the types who do not support killing people.

  • Wild Pegasus

    This is a relatively harmless nut, and not indicative at all of the environmental movement. I don’t see why you even worry about him.

    – Josh

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/2006/11/22/comrades-i-hereby-declare-the-revolution/ Adam Selene

    Because it’s fun, of course

  • tarran

    Hmm, I wonder how they are going to prevent unapproved people from having babies. I also wonder how they are going to clear people from the land.

    I’m sure they won’t start pointing guns at people and shooting them when they refused to go along with their utopian schemes.

  • Ted

    World Citizen,

    I have actually never paid that much attention to Sea Shepherd. But, upon reading your comments, I decided to look around.

    I found this:
    http://www.highnorth.no/Library/Movements/Sea_Shepherd/se-sh-re.htm
    The article chronicles people being harmed by the orginization.

    Now, this compilation may be accurate or inaccurate.

    Some of his quotes make it seem more likely to be accurate, as do quotes by others.

    As Paul Watson states in his book, Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals, “To remain nonviolent totally is to allow the perpetuation of violence against people, animals, and the environment. The Catch-22 of it-the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t dilemma-is that, if we eschew violence for ourselves, we often thereby tacitly allow violence for others, who are then free to settle issues violently until they are resisted, necessarily with violence.”

    Scott Trimmingham, president of Sea Shepherd quits in protest. “We had rules about not hurting anyone, about not using weapons. I left because those rules and that philosophy seems to be changing,” he said to “Outside” magazine (Sept. 1991).

    Books written in support of him, such as Earth Warrior, admit to ramming ships. While fatalities may not be involved, I am sure someone has been hurt at least once. But, again, I could be wrong.

    Other quotes by Paul Watson seem… equally prepared to do violence:

    “There are 30-million plus species on this planet. They’re all earthlings. They’re all equal. Some are more “equal” than others, I admit: earthworms are far more valuable than people.”
    – Paul Watson “Animal Rights 2002” convention, 6/30/02

    “There’s nothing wrong with being a terrorist, as long as you win. Then you write the history.”
    – Sierra Club board member Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention,

    “The fact is that we live in an extremely violent culture, and we all justify violence if it’s for what we believe in.”
    – Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention,

    “We should never feel like we’re going too far in breaking the law, because whatever laws you break to liberate animals or to protect the environment are very insignificant.”
    – Paul Watson, at the Animal Rights 2002 convention

    But just because I found these quotes does not mean that Watson ever hurt anyone. Maybe he has. Maybe he has not. But he has said he will not be pre-occupied by the chance of killing someone, and he feels that any violence done to protect animals is fine, even at the espense of human life.

    And that’s a fine view. But it’s pretty hard to take that view and fit with:

    To state the obvious to the ignorant, people who take action to protect endangered species of whales are generally the types who do not support killing people.

  • CommiePuddin

    I wonder if this guy expects to be a part of the 15% of the world’s population he advocates not destroying.

  • Vivienne of Heidelberg

    Paul Watson is a visionary and an idealist. We are never going to be able to turn back the clock and reduce our population to 1 billion, or go back to our Garden of Eden roots. Humans are on the course of self-destruction and mass suicide by their deeply engrained habits and culture. With exponential population growth, this taboo subject is not one that is addressed by our policitians who care mainly for economic growth. We need more “eco-terrorists” like Paul Watson to make sure we don’t destroy the ecosystem that supports all life on our small planet, Earth.

  • someguy

    The whole population boom thing is crap, in fact it is bull crap, or human crap, or mouse crap (Just trying to show moral equivalence between all “Earthlings”) humans rarely destroy ecosystems that eventually harm humans themselves. Earth is for the most part (Except for a few bad cases of abuse) fine. Humans are not massively suicidal, it is simply the tenancy of a dominant group without opposition on the evolutionary chain to go into infighting. I am not excusing violence, merely stating that it is a natural division of power among warring groups that prevents the perfect utopian societies to emerge. As a final point, there was never a garden of eden, nature was never a beautiful forest with flowers and bees and happy little birdies. Nature is brutal, vicious, and honestly cruel. Humanity has made itself seperate from nature in doing so making itself better at little or no expense.

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