In the little Canadian town of Grand Forks British Columbia there is a colony of the Doukhobor Russian sect. When we would go through the town to the nearest cinema I would notice the shabby shacks interspersed with the usually neat Canadian bungalows. I later found out that the Doukhobors held an anti materialist ethos to the extreme. In fits of religious pique the believers would occasionally burn their homes down and run through the snow naked and in spiritual rapture. If the church members thought that a fellow Doukhobor was acting uppity by painting his house, or putting curtains in her windows they would burn the parishioner's home down for them to save the miscreant from materialism. There is much of this ethos in the ELF. The whole idea of helping people by destroying their property is a curious by-product of the otherwise desirable green awareness movement.
I'm going to get to pay for those houses burned last week in next year's insurance premiums, so the ELF did nothing but have a little fit of self righteous fury to the expense of everyone else. Want to do something about sprawl and MacMansions? Get involved in planning process, and if that fails and you feel that the process has been irresponsible then by all means chain yourself to the front door, or to a dozer blade, and make them put you in jail. Then come back and do it again. Skulking about in the night with firebombs is the coward's path.