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Monkey Wrenching

Definition - What does Monkey Wrenching mean?

Monkey wrenching is the term given to a particular type of behaviour that is undertaken by activists to sabotage certain activities deemed morally wrong or exploitative. This method of sabotage is non-violent and can be simply being deliberately uncooperative like standing in front of a tree which is to be cut down or it can include illegal, deliberate sabotage of an operation.

Safeopedia explains Monkey Wrenching

The term monkey wrenching came into use after Edward Abbey published his novel entitled The Monkey Wrench Gang in 1975, which followed the activity of a group of environmental activists in Arizona and Utah. This term was used occasionally in the 21st century to describe other kinds of activism and became a common term. An equivalent term to describe monkey wrenching is ecotage.

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