William Powell ... the name ring a bell? No? Well, maybe you have to be a certain age.
     Oh wait -- I see a couple of you furtively heading for the exits. I know who you are, so don't bother.
     Powell was the author -- at age 19 no less -- of the (in)famous Anarchist Cookbook, a sort of three-part treatise on black ops, bomb-making and agitprop.
     Banned in some countries, the Cookbook is readily available online (I'd suggest using a proxy browser if you want to look it up, but not Tor, which was created by the US Navy). It's heavy on rhetoric and has all kinds of recipes for, well, anarchic behaviour, including bomb-making.
     I am not recommending it for reading, mind you. Not for a minute. For one thing, it was reportedly used by Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, a Columbine killer; and Jared Loughner, who murdered six during his attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords.
     Powell repudiated the book later, and asked for publication to cease (it didn't -- he never held the copyright).
     He became a teacher of special needs children, among other things, and renounced his angry-young-man actions, most notably, perhaps, in an interview with The Guardian.
     Why he's news is that -- unknown by most of the world -- he died last year at age 66 of a heart attack while on vacation in Nova Scotia. That didn't become widely known until a documentary called American Anarchist was released recently.
     Why am I interested? Well, I too am of an age, and remain revolted by the violence the book was inciting back then -- and apparently still is.
     But I used to have my own copy of it (not that I ever used -- or ever would use -- anything in it, of course).
     And in the best spirit of the times, a la Abbie Hoffman, someone stole it.

Additional obit material here

(From The Guardian)

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Comment by Boanerges on April 16, 2017 at 7:46am

Far as I'm concerned, anarchy is fine -- in theory, RR. But like Jeffersonian Democracy (as long as you aren't a slave) and Marxism (as long as you aren't a kulak), it takes a different (toll) road in practice. The thought of a libertarian anarchist scares hell out of me, for some reason. And can you imagine the additional bureaucracy needed?

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 16, 2017 at 3:24pm

For libertarian anarchists there would be no beurocracy because there would be no government; just business transactions. There would be no taxes since individuals purchased the goods and services they needed and could afford - including military and police protection. There have been so many dystopian future movies and novels that started like that.

Comment by Boanerges on April 17, 2017 at 1:32pm

I think I just threw up a little bit. I was thinking more along the line of toll roads -- who collects the money?

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 17, 2017 at 3:03pm

Someone who works for the guy who built the road.

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 17, 2017 at 3:04pm

I think it would always degenerate into some version of  Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome.

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 17, 2017 at 3:26pm

The people who want this are not bad people.  They are just suspicious of government in any form, think tax dollars go to people who don't work as hard as they do to provide things that they can get more efficiently.  George and Heidi, two people who are quite intelligent and former business owneres.  They are not selfish A-holes, but they have this mindset and, although they admit that what they see as utopia is not achievable, but something to strive for.  They haven't voted in any recent election because there has been nobody who represented them.

I think that most of us - at least here on Our S. - are not on the same page, but I think that we have to try to understand that mindset.  I have no idea how they can be accommodated.  Incidentally, there are quite a lot of people in this mountain area who have similar thoughts.  They are not racist, they are not necessarily very religious, they are just small government to the point of annihilation.

Comment by Boanerges on April 18, 2017 at 6:36am

RR, I get their beliefs. Sort of. I spent an inordinate amount of time with pols and the bureaucracy at all three levels (local, provincial, federal), and basically my attitude became, "I love my country, but I fear my government".

It still is, but I see no viable alternative. Are some people getting benefits they really aren't entitled to? No doubt. Is money otherwise being wasted? You bet. Are there policies and laws with which I disagree? Yes. Is there a cure for such ills? Not that I'm aware of -- at least not in a practical sense.

Although it must be said, about some things I can be just plain obdurate. Take health care. I was born before it became universal here, and remember the fear of catastrophic illness (or, frankly, of giving birth in a hospital) because of the cost. Does it come out of my taxes? Of course, and justly so. I can't imagine what I'd have had to pay last year when I had a cancerous kidney removed. Just one reason why libertarians can shove it.

Comment by moki ikom on April 20, 2017 at 2:16pm

"america is either e pluribus unum* or we're not. " --Foolish Monkey

I think Trump would agree with you and he would clarify it like this:  

-Yes, we either are e pluribus unum or we are not. We are "Out of Many, One" and I am the One, or we are not, the United States is not, e pluribus unum, and we, you, settle for a fake like an Obama, or anyone not me, not President Trump.-

-As for Annuit cœptis , in so many words is what that horrible, absolutely horrible and reprehenensible Carter heard his National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski say to fuel the muderous hatred of America's first Islamic terrorUSt who without terrorUSt$'  guidance became Islamic terrorists.  Now, of course, with annuit cœptis for "He approves the undertaking" we know who "He" is, He is Me President Trump.-

-As for Novus ordo seclorum, Latin for "New order of the ages"... Damn Right! Hard Right! Harder, Harder, Right!-

Latin phrase, "out of many, one"

E pluribus unum—Latin for "Out of many, one" (alternatively translated as "One out of many" or "One from many") — is a 13-letter traditional motto of the United States of America, appearing on the Great Seal along with Annuit cœptis (Latin for "He approves the undertaking") and Novus ordo seclorum (Latin for "New order of the ages"), and adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. Never codified by law, E Pluribus Unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act (H. J. Resolution 396), adopting "In God We Trust" as the official motto. Wikipedia

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 20, 2017 at 2:42pm

And, the US is not a melting pot resulting in an alloy, but more like a stew of many identifiable ingredients that refuse to become unidentifiable. 

Comment by Boanerges on April 20, 2017 at 3:20pm

FM, yep -- as in catastrophic illness is just your hard luck. Couldn't live with that mindset.

Not exactly sure what you're talking about, Moki. Maybe clarify?

Yeah, RR, can't disagree, although there's a lot to be said for multi-culturalism.


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