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Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching Paperback – July, 1993
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With this disclaimer, here is the book that allegedly was banned in Australia (although I can't find any record of that censorship). It is to the point... here is a detailed guidebook to "monkeywrenching."
What is the focus?
"Ecodefense is a historical artifact. It be argued that it is the most controversial environmental book ever published; more importantly, though, it is a key exhibit in the legal history of freedom of the press in the United States" (p. 1).
"It is time for women and men, individually and in small groups, to act heroically in defense of the wild, to put a monkeywrench into the gears of the machine that is destroying natural diversity. Though illegal, this strategic monkeywrenching can be safe, easy, fun, and — most important — effective in stopping timber cutting, road building, overgrazing, oil and gas exploration, mining, dam building, powerline construction, off-road-vehicle use, trapping, ski area development, and other forms of destruction of the wilderness, as well as cancerous suburban sprawl. But it must be strategic, it must be thoughtful, it must be deliberate in order to succeed" (p. 8-9).
"There are proper times and places for monkeywrenching. There are also times when monkeywrenching may be counterproductive. Monkeywrenchers generally should not act when there is a nonviolent civil disobedience action — e.g., a blockade-taking place against the opposed project. Monkeywrenching may cloud the issue of direct action, and the blockaders could be blamed for the ecotage and be put in danger from the work crew or police. Blockades and monkeywrenching usually do not mix. Monkeywrenching may also not be appropriate when delicate political negotiations are taking place for the protection of a certain area. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. The Earth warrior always asks, Will monkeywrenching help or hinder the protection of this place?" (p 9-10).
"Most businesses, both large and small, operate to produce a relatively small margin of profit, frequently a single digit percentage of overall gross sales. This small margin of profit is vulnerable to outside tampering, such as a successful consumer boycott which reduces sales. A determined campaign of monkeywrenching affects the other end, by increasing operating costs to the point that they cut into profits" (p. 14).
With that as a primer, the book goes into detail into "monkeywrenching."
And here is my personal disclaimer: I encourage no one to do any of the stupid, illegal things contained herein.
Foreman wrote in the first essay, "Monkeywrenching is nonviolent resistance to the destruction of natural diversity and wilderness. It is never directed against human beings or other forms of life." It is not organized; "There should be no central direction or organization to monkeywrenching. Any type of network would invite infiltration, agents provocateurs, and repression." (Pg. 9) Monkeywrenchers "are warriors," who "remember that they are engaged in the most moral of actions: protecting life, defending Earth." (Pg. 11)
In an essay on tree-spiking, the possibility of a logger being injured led the author to recommend against the practice. (Pg. 18) Against the objection that tree-spiking is too late to save the tree from being cut, the author says, "the value of spiking is as a long-term deterrent." (Pg. 19) The editors also removed from this third edition the suggestion to remove mine claim posts. (Pg. 61) They are also more cautious about suggesting burning machinery (Pg. 145), and have deleted the suggestion for mailing business reply mail taped to a brick back to a company (Pg. 183).
One essay suggests that "with the lack of proper enforcement of environmental legislation, vigilante action is increasingly easy to justify." (Pg. 211) But they also note that Foreman was arrested in 1989 by the FBI, and that "carelessness will put you in jail." (Pg. 234) They even strongly advise against membership in "above-ground political organizations," which are "most susceptible to infiltration by undercover officers." (Pg. 303)
This is a very challenging book, that can shake up the ideas of people on all sides of environmental issues.