Greenpeace, along with Sea Shepherd and some others, appears on a list of extremist organisations alongside varied other nutters like Neo-Nazis. The point here being that this is a list of extremists – and Greenpeace are extremists. They’re not neo-nazis, that’s true, but they are still extremists.
A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.
The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalisation scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence.
Last week, police said documents uncovered by the Guardian that listed the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) alongside far-right extremists and jihadists were a local error.
But the list of groups viewed as a potential concern contained in the new 24-page document includes Extinction Rebellion. It also includes Greenpeace – among whose supporters are Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Gillian Anderson and Joanna Lumley – and the ocean pollution campaigners Sea Shepherd, whose supporters include Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. Also included is Stop the Badger Cull, which is backed by Sir Brian May, the Queen guitarist.
They appear alongside a number of extremist rightwing groups including Combat 18 and the National Front, as well as National Action, which has been banned for terrorist violence.
Greenpeace, essentially, desires the entire dismantling of industrial civilisation. That is indeed an extremist view. That lots of posh and vocal people support it – including innumerable luvvies – does not change the extreme nature of the goal. After all, Leni Reifenstal was a notable artist whose political beliefs and urgings were not quite centrist.
If we are to create a list of extreme organisations that we should all be wary of Greenpeace should be on such a list. The argument against is only that the Overton Window has shifted so much that killing off 6 billion “excess” humans is no longer seen as being extreme. For while Greenpeace don’t directly advocate such that would be the effect of their demand that we stop with this civilisation thing.
They are extremists, they should be on a list of extremists.