In 1968 Kurt Vonnegut published Welcome to the Monkey House, a book of 25 short stories, that should be read by many. In 1975, Edward Abbey published The Monkey Wrench Gang, a fictional tale of a group of environmentalists that used sabotage to slow down activities they deemed environmentally damaging, another book that many should read if they have not done so already.
There seems to be a lot of people today, both on the left and right, that see the idea of throwing a monkey wrench in the engine of state as the only way to stop, or slow down, what they see as the destruction of American society at large. This idealistic type of thinking is not new, and has been suggested many times before.
The problem with this type of idealism is that it is not grounded in reason, but seems to be connected with the idealistic way the American Revolution has been portrayed over the history of our country. Many of the facts that show the destructive aspects of our revolution have been covered over or ignored, to celebrate winning a very costly war, that killed 25,000 Americans in the military, which was 1% of our total population at that time. 60,000 Loyalists had to escape, many were intimidated, tarred and feathered, and their property was confiscated or destroyed, and their free speech was suppressed. After the defeat at The Battle Of Quebec, one quarter of the captured Patriots switched sides and fought for the British. Some people even jumped back and forth across the lines when it suited their personal lives.
I bring this up to show that our revolution was no less violent, no less unfair in some ways, as many other revolutions.
The idea that we could or should "Water the Tree Of Liberty" again, to create a better American society, sounds nice to some on both sides, but that ignores a lot of the bad vices of human nature, in order just to dream of something new and better.
Much of this type of thinking is based on the emotional, much of it is deep seated anger at certain social groups geared towards other social groups. And I have to suggest that much of it has risen to outlandish proportions by the Age Of Information. We are hard pressed to find truths in the sea of monkey wrench politics, that sells propaganda, disinformation and conspiracy every day. And this gets worse as more people think that what one sides does must be fought with the same bull shit tactics. Should we now call this The Age Of Intimidation?
Just so you know, I was once a fan of the monkey wrench ideals when I was younger, but as I grew and learned more, I came to realize that it was all based on my dreams rather than our reality.
In nature, natural disasters do end up creating new life, and the process starts over, but the years that it takes to come back are long, and the struggle to get back to that better environmental time is not pretty.
If you support the monkey wrench idea then it might be time to look at both sides of the coin here. How much destruction are you willing to go through, how many lives must be lost, how much of society must be ruined for your dream of a better America to come?
The one other thing I want to mention is that old adage "misery loves company", how much of the monkey wrench agenda is really based on that?