Terrorism can not defend anyone from tyranny. As the label “police state” becomes a more and more apt description of the United States, people who apparently perceive undisciplined insurrection as the only hope for a free society will, unfortunately, lash out. Such appears to be the case with regard to incendiary packages and envelopes found in Maryland and Washington, D.C. today and yesterday. A more careful and sophisticated understanding of how to achieve revolutionary social change reveals the folly of such an approach. One can not blow up a set of dysfunctional social relationships. Ours is a war of ideas. Spreading those ideas and the hope they offer is lifesaving work.