Has your teen downloaded "The Anarchists' Cookbook?"

  1. A couple of local teens got into trouble at school. It seems they were making a bomb in their garage. And planning to blow up the school over the summer.
    Kinda scary.....makes me wonder what my neighbors might be up to.
    The kids parents had not seen one suspicious thing to alert them.

    The teens activities were rather innocuous.

    For those with not much to do over the holiday weekend, click on the anarchist cookbook, click the site by jolly roger.
    For lessons in picking locks, getting $ out of pay phones, etc.
    The list itself is an eye-opening read.....

    I like to read this stuff to wind down from work , and also
    to learn ways to stay one step ahead of the "anarchists."

    Trying to survive and protect my "stuff."
    And who knows when I may be out on the highway at 3 a. m., , broke down, no quarters, and need to "pick" the pay phone?
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   caroladybelle
    Actually, I had a published copy, in the 1980's. Along with a copy of the Turner Diaries, and a few other publications. I was doing research in rascism and the White Supremacist movement, and connections to those publications. I would think that these would be old news by now.

    Quite frankly, I wonder still about the teens' upbringing - where did they get the place - the unsupervised time - the equipment/money required - the privacy necessary.

    And if their parents can not supervise them sufficiently, perhaps the courts can find someone that can.

    Because there are much more dangerous things out there in 2003, than the Anarchist Cookbook, and if the teens got in that far, what is to say that they have not gone farther. And we have seen where farther is.........Timothy McVeigh.
    Last edit by caroladybelle on Jul 4, '03
  4. by   passing thru
    Your copy ladybelle, must be different than the copy I scanned.
    There is nothing at all in it about racism, White Supremacy, and stuff of that ilk.

    The parents didn't have a tangible book to find. The police reported the teens were reading it on the internet.

    The stuff in the garage, according to the police report, was everyday stuff you'd find in any household. It seems the teens
    were getting the recipes from the net.

    It's definitely "new" news here.

    In the 80's, our primary interests were smokin and going to rock concerts, tubing & rafting, and the only recipes I recall
    looking up was how to make homemade wine.....
    remember those big old five gallon glass water jugs everyone hefted upon the water cooler? We must have had 40 in our garage. LOL

    Good old days.................
  5. by   H ynnoD
    I downloaded it once,but never tried any of the stuff. We use to make plastic pipe bombs and blow them up in my buddies back yard.You could bury them in the ground and it looked like a war movie.Would never had done it to destroy property or harm others.Kind of like giant fire crackers.Speaking of fire crackers time to go get the fireworks for tonight.
  6. by   maureeno
    tonight my sons, husband, father
    and assorted male friends
    will light hundreds of fuses
    and make lots of noise
    in our backyard

    as a teenager my husband and friends built and exploded many 'bombs'
    this was in 1963

    I wonder if there is a [mostly] male trophism
    towards smoke and noise
  7. by   donmurray
    I wouldn't visit the site, even to "keep one step ahead." Homeland Security may well invite you over to their place for a year or two to discuss it!
  8. by   fab4fan
    Ain't that the truth!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Don Murray has an excellent point.
  10. by   passing thru
    Would that be Guantanamo? ...the place to discuss it ?
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it sure would not be a comfortable chat at Starbucks, if that is what you asking, passing thru.
  12. by   iliel
    this might be of some intrest, I was sorta suprised by it myself. Sorry so long....

    From the Author
    I have recently been made aware of several websites that focus on The Anarchist Cookbook. As the author of the original publication some 30 plus years ago, it is appropriate for me to comment.
    The Anarchist Cookbook was written during 1968 and part of 1969 soon after I graduated from high school. At the time, I was 19 years old and the Vietnam War and the so-called \223counter culture movement\224 were at their height. I was involved in the anti-war movement and attended numerous peace rallies and demonstrations. The book, in many respects, was a misguided product of my adolescent anger at the prospect of being drafted and sent to Vietnam to fight in a war that I did not believe in.

    I conducted the research for the manuscript on my own, primarily at the New York City Public Library. Most of the contents were gleaned from Military and Special Forces Manuals. I was not member of any radical group of either a left or right wing persuasion.

    I submitted the manuscript directly to a number of publishers without the help or advice of an agent. Ultimately, it was accepted by Lyle Stuart Inc. and was published verbatim \226 without editing \226 in early 1970. Contrary to what is the normal custom, the copyright for the book was taken out in the name of the publisher rather than the author. I did not appreciate the significance of this at the time and would only come to understand it some years later when I requested that the book be taken out of print.

    The central idea to the book was that violence is an acceptable means to bring about political change. I no longer agree with this.

    Apparently in recent years, The Anarchist Cookbook has seen a number of \221copy cat' type publications, some with remarkably similar titles (Anarchist Cookbook II, IIIetc). I am not familiar with these publications and cannot comment upon them. I can say that the original Anarchist Cookbook has not been revised or updated in any way by me since it was first published.

    During the years that followed its publication, I went to university, married, became a father and a teacher of adolescents. These developments had a profound moral and spiritual effect on me. I found that I no longer agreed with what I had written earlier and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the ideas that I had put my name to. In 1976 I became a confirmed Anglican Christian and shortly thereafter I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make \226 not the author's. In the early 1980's, the rights for the book were sold to another publisher. I have had no contact with that publisher (other than to request that the book be taken out of print) and I receive no royalties.

    Unfortunately, the book continues to be in print and with the advent of the Internet several websites dealing with it have emerged. I want to state categorically that I am not in agreement with the contents of The Anarchist Cookbook and I would be very pleased (and relieved) to see its publication discontinued. I consider it to be a misguided and potentially dangerous publication which should be taken out of print.

    William Powell
  13. by   passing thru
    Another hippie .......... if only all those books, letters, pictures, newreels, arrest records, witnesses, dope smoking, bra-burnings, draft-dodging events could be so easily erased.

    "I no longer agree with this kind of behavior & wish the evidence could be
    removed from my record and from all eyes ."

    Sigh................ youth in retrospect...........35 years later,,,,,,

    We've got enough problems with W.
    Let's not add Nazi book burning to the list.

    If I were responding to the author:

    Mr. Powell, your "book" is childs play....kindergarten....
    compared to what's on the internet now, and the technological
    advances of the last 35 years. No one knows you wrote it, so............... stop seeking notoriety now. Leave your name off your correspondence.