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A Fable on Inequality

When Tolmie State Park’s hard-working chipmunks are accused by the blue jays that their greed is the reason why others starve during the winter, a social revolution occurs among the animals in Arthur M. Mills, Jr.’s novella The Haves and Have Nots.

Conservative and liberal politics butt heads over environmentalism and economics in a modern day ant-and-the-grasshopper style fable in Arthur M. Mills Jr.’s The Haves and Have Nots: A Fable on Inequality.

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. At first, they seem friendly, even helping Mitch to escape before Coyote makes him into a snack. 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 environmental nightmare has begun for everyone.

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