NEC Hosts “Wrenched” Tonight at the Arcata Playhouse

From an Northcoast Environmental Center e-mail…

NEC Hosting Wrenched

I don’t think monkey wrenches are a sustainable tactic, either in a movement or helping to produce a sustainable environment, democracy or society.  But this movement played an essential role in turning around our careening, early ’70’s industrialization society.  Assuming that is what we are currently in the process of doing, and I have to hope it is.


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5 thoughts on “NEC Hosts “Wrenched” Tonight at the Arcata Playhouse

  1. I agree with you, however I always loved Abbey’s writing. Certainly a big inspiration for me which put me on a path into forestry. Following redwood summer, I started to believe that while direct action could prevent an immediate action from occurring, generate awareness, and even save something important – a true paradigm shift would only occur if the ‘system’ changed. That meant becoming the system. This has largely worked in CA logging/forestry in my opinion. Culture must evolve at a reasonable pace.

    1. Thanks b. Thats high praise for Abbey’s writing.

      ” I started to believe that while direct action could prevent an immediate action from occurring, generate awareness, and even save something important – a true paradigm shift would only occur if the ‘system’ changed. That meant becoming the system.”

      Absolutely.

      “This has largely worked in CA logging/forestry in my opinion.”

      I’m very glad to hear it.

  2. Larry Glass says:

    I see you haven’t visited any of the biggest private land owner in the state’s, (Sierra Pacific) mono culture, herbicide drenched, tree farms lately.

    1. Larry Glass! Huzzah!

      Larry, I don’t disagree. What we need to do is find a way to win elections – as you did in what will once have been considered conservative Eureka. We don’t win by alienating. Somehow, we have to allow for and celebrate free thinkers, including those who will monkey wrench when absolutely necessary.

      However, at the same time we have to remember that law and order is also how we will prevent environmental catastrophes that happen like a million paper-cuts. If the large timber conglomerates were and are the problem, our local politics is just as influence, arguably more so, by the 100s or 1000s of individual property owners who want income or increased capital from their land. Environmental concerns are naturally not the first on a property owner’s mind when its a question of bread on the table (or an extra $ of in their asset portfolio) for themselves or the workers on the land and a little extra fertilizer, a little more sediment, or a little less water in the river.

      We also have to let the voters know that environmental and Democratic leaders understand the importance and significance of the rule of law. Boring, unsexy stuff, but if don’t as leaders express the importance of the rule of law and explain how and why there may be exceptions, then the KINS crew will have a downslope path to electoral victories with all their associated backwards policies. These would include, btw favoring those exact forces that support and continue mono culture and herbicide tree farms.

      It’s time we stop handing them victories and there is absolutely no good reason other than winning the political framing debate that Councilwoman Brady should be on that City Council rather than you. That and at this point you would have been termed out.

      btw, thank you for having commented Larry! You are the first elected official to do so and I hope to see more of you in Eureka and County politics. The more Larry Glass the better imho.

  3. Turn on, tune in, drop intoHumboldt says:

    I think monkeywrenching worked partly because it matched a media/society imbalance. In the 70s/80s we were not as soaked in images. A three minute clip on nightly news pf people chained to a bulldozer was.huge. Fast forward thirty years and basically kids see that in some cartoons, and we have many ways of accessing images and are much more savvy interpreting what they mean. And more jaded. Direct action is arguably less effective -witness the complex results of Occupy. There must be a public reaction or monkeywrenching just interrupts but does not deter. And getting a public reaction is not what it once was. I think that’s one irrational reason for trends toward conservatism in working Americans: adrenaline fatigue. Couldnt supply one more minute of “outrage.” (Which is a commodity.) I could go on about this but have to stop. ..

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