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 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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