Were you a Hippie? A Digger? An Ecoterrorist? Is your bookshelf overflowing with back issues of Mother Earth News, the Whole Earth Catalogue, and Zap Comix? Did somebody steal your copy of Abbie Hoffman’s book? Have you ever stuffed a burrito up a tail pipe? How many rotations are there in a Dumpster Dive?
Are you a friend of the earth?
T. C. Boyle’s novel, A Friend of the Earth, poses a lot of questions about how best to be a friend of the earth and I believe most self-professed environmentalists and all wannabe ecoterrorists would do well to stop and consider what they are doing. The lingering question in the novel is clearly whether the ecoterrorists are actually effective and whether what they do is objectively good for the planet.