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Conservative and liberal politics butt heads over economics, environmentalism, and immigration in a modern day Animal Farm and "Ant-and-the-Grasshopper" style fable in Arthur Mills' novella Friend or Foe.

Tolmie State Park seems like a paradise for all the birds and woodland animals who reside there with enough fruit, nuts, seeds, and acorns for everyone. But one day, Mitch the chipmunk is surprised when a flock of blue jays takes up residence in the park. They seem friendly at first but they are not above mocking Mitch and his wife for their hard work preparing for winter.

Then one day the chipmunks discover someone is stealing from their hard-earned stores. Soon, the blue jays engage in persuasive rhetoric, turning the other animals against the chipmunks. Like a surreal version of the French Revolution gone wrong, the hardworking chipmunks are persecuted, left trying to survive, while their former friends lack all common sense. Soon the rash behavior of those around them causes the chipmunks and their persecutors to realize an economic and environmental nightmare has begun for everyone.

Written from a conservative viewpoint, this fable will educate younger listeners about work ethic and proper conservation efforts while older listeners may well be frightened by its relevance to our current immigration policies.

©2015 Arthur Mills (P)2016 Arthur Mills

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