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Stripping! was a 1972 paperback book edited by Sam Love and David Obst and published by Pocket Books .

The book was a collection of ideas That HAD beens Solicited by the group Environmental Action over the previous year in preparation for the publication of the book, for using sabotage, attention-grabbing stunts, and other ideas to draw focus to environmental issues. [1] “Ecotage” is a contraction of ecological (or economic) and sabotage . The cover of Ecotage! features a photograph of a hippie throwing a pie in the face of a business executive.

The book is credited with one of the early inspirations for radical environmental activism, along with similar works as Edward Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang . [2] [3]

The book was inspired by the actions of an individual who operated in Chicago, Illinois area. Calling Himself ” The Fox “, as well as the activities of the plugin and the executives of the corporate executives to dump sewage on their desks. [2] In turn, some of the actions suggested in Ecotage! Actually Began to be the carried out, PARTICULARLY billboarding , When small groups in the early 1970s Such As the one calling Themselves the “Eco-Raiders” in Tucson, Arizona , Began cutting down billboards. quote needed ]

The term ecotage may have originated with this book; [1] [4] The term has since passed into general use as a synonym for various direct action tactics (see also monkeywrenching ).


  • Love, Sam and David Obst, eds. (1972), Ecotage! ISBN  0-671-78180-4


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Cheryl R. Jorgensen-Earp, In the Wake of Violence: Image & Social Reform ( MSU Press , 2008), ISBN  978-0870139291 , Excerpts available at Google Books .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Thomas Carl Austenfeld, Dimiter Daphinoff Jens Herlth, eds. Terrorism and Narrative Practice ( LIT Verlag Münster, 2011), ISBN  978-3643800824 , p. 211. Excerpts available at Google Books .
  3. Jump up^ “Eco-Terrorism”, St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. Jump up^ Clarence Petersen,”Paperbacks”, Chicago Tribune , March 26, 1972 (“Ecotage!… adds a new word to the language …”).

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