Villain of the Day: Paul Watson

Lance's picture
Submitted by Lance on Mon, 2008-03-03 23:34

Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace - expelled for being too extreme and subsequently founder of Sea Shepherd.

Warning! Ensure you have a vomit receptacle handy:

"During this confrontation with the Russian whaler, a harpooned and dying sperm whale loomed over Paul's small boat. Paul recognized a flicker of understanding in the dying whale's eye. He felt that the whale knew what they were trying to do. He watched as the magnificent leviathan heaved its body away from his boat, slipped beneath the waves and died. A few seconds of looking into this dying whale's eye changed his life forever. He vowed to become a lifelong defender of the whales and all creatures of the seas."
Class A, unrepentant, fuckwit. Paul Watson is the very definition of an eco-terrorist and pirate. Under his leadership Sea Shepherd has claimed responsibility for sinking 10 vessels. Sea Shepherd recently gained significant media attention when two of their crew from the MV Steve Irwin* illegally boarded the Japanese vessel the Nisshin Maru after attempting to disable the ship's propellers using ropes and throwing jars of corrosive acid on the deck. They were (rightly) detained and locked up by the captain of the Nisshin Maru. Sea Shepherd started a disinformation campaign claiming their crew were tortured, stripped and tied to the mast for hours in freezing conditions etc, etc. Reports from the detained men themselves later showed these claims to be false. Though by that stage the damage had been done. New Zealand's own "watermelon" party, the Green Party, were calling on the government to send frigates to assist Sea Shepherd in the recovery of their crew members!

Paul Watson claims that Sea Shepherd is the "naval arm" of "Earth First!". A "Deep Ecology"* group, with an MO very similar to Sea Shepherd's. Watson has claimed to have invented the tactic of tree spiking - utilised by Earth First!

Tree spiking is the deliberate embedding of metallic objects into tree trunks that would foul chainsaw chains, causing them to come apart flying through the air, potentially causing serious damage to the chainsaw operators. The "ethic" of tree spiking says that you must warn the logging companies and should only be used as a deterring tactic. Gee, that makes it okay then huh?

Paul Watson was named by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of its Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century. Unfuckingbelievable!

*The naming of the vessel in remembrance of Aussie celebrity environmentalist nutjob Steve Irwin carries a seal of approval form Steve's wife Terri Irwin

*Deep Ecology: A philosophy put forward by Arne Næss, Bill Devall, and George Sessions, which holds that all forms of life on Earth have equal value in and of themselves, without regard for their utility to human beings.

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They are damn good.

Richard Wiig's picture

It also added three of Schwartz's best essays.

Particularly the one on Multiculturalism.


James S. Valliant's picture

...let's clear this up.

Peter Schwartz edited the revised & expanded edition of Rand's The New Left: the Anti-Inductrial Revolution which is titled The Return of the Primitive: the Anti-Industrial Revolution. It also added three of Schwartz's best essays.

The Anti-Industrial Revolution

Richard Wiig's picture

Weirdly, he credited Peter Schwartz with writing "The Anti-Industrial Revolution"

There's an edition of that book with an essay by Peter Schwartz in it, so perhaps that's where his confusion arises.


Stuart Hayashi's picture

I agree with Penn Jillette -- George Wendt is a more appropriate choice. Wink

I'm liking this Patrick

Lance's picture

I'm liking this Patrick Moore guy more and more. And Barf! to the idea of Sean 'Saddamite' Penn playing Paul Watson in a flick about his life...

Penn & Teller slamming Paul Watson

Stuart Hayashi's picture

You can see Penn & Teller mock Paul Watson here. Patrick Moore appears, too.

Patrick Moore cited Ayn Rand in this article. Weirdly, he credited Peter Schwartz with writing "The Anti-Industrial Revolution" instead of Rand. I think he got "The Anti-Industrial Revolution" confused with Schwartz's "The Philosophy of Privation."

That would be Patrick Moore,

Lance's picture

That would be Patrick Moore, an interesting guy to say the least. He's not bad for a greenie (he says he still is). He supports nuclear power development, GM crops etc...

"I think one of the most pernicious aspects of the modern environmental movement is the romanticization of peasant life. And the idea that industrial societies are the destroyers of the world. The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries. I think it's legitimate for me to call them anti-human."

Jesus H...

Callum McPetrie's picture

I remember they interviewed another former Greenpeace founder on the Great Global Warming Swindle. That guy managed to escape the hysteria, and see through it. This Paul Watson is the opposite.

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

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