The Anarchist Cookbook Banned!

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The Anarchist Cookbook

If you’ve studied the subject of banned books, you’ve doubtless heard of something called The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell. Although it’s difficult in a free society to find a truly government-banned book, this one truly is not allowed at many state-run libraries in the United States. What’s more, the author himself, William Powell, wants it that way, and would prefer that the book stay out of print.

The book was written during the late 1960s after the author graduated from high school. Powell was involved in the anti-Vietnam-War movement and started the research for a book on how to get attention by causing massive chaos in the country. In the book are recipes for creating bombs, acids, and other materials to cause harm to human life. On the Amazon.com site for his book, the author recently wrote:

“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 ‘copy cat’ type publications, some with remarkably similar titles (Anarchist Cookbook II, III etc). 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….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.”

Incidentally, I researched several websites with a similar name: some variation of “The Anarchist Cookbook.” Most of them are pitiful attempts to capitalize on the name of the original in appealing to people who still possess a desire to overthrow the government.

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  1. TSK TSK WHAT WOULD YOUR MOTHERS SAY??

  2. Ever noticed it’s the books that REALLY evoke thought that always get banned? I guess if you don’t teach the slave to read he won’t learn what the word emancipation means.

  3. Books that promote free thinking are usually the first to get banned.

    Also, ones that denounce religion or talk about wild sex lives and drug use are banned (Ask Alice would be a great example).

    Annoys me that religion is always an argument. Oh darn! Your religion doesn’t agree with it!
    I always thought that America was a place of free religion? Hmm… Guess I was wrong -.-

  4. The Anarchist Cookbook shouldnt b banned it goes against all the values of America “land of the free” the government was put here to ensure we arnt forced to use alot of the knowledge gained from reading this book. The sheeple in America have no balls anymore they let the grayhair take their country from them & in doing so banned or “illegalized” anything that they disapprove of. DISSAPROVE- To have or express an unfavorable OPINION about something. They insist on us keeping out OPINIONS to ourselves, but why wouldnt they? i say fuck’em they have went too far in the last 50 years. Use this book of u can find it. There are copys that the USgov have printed up, these copys are fake & misguided, almost a setup to blow yourself away when trying some things. So be cautious when trying any of these experiments. Wake up sheeple of america!! “sendiro luminoso”

  5. I agree some of it should be Taken out, but we should be able to publish what we want when we want, freedom of expression, the book does not tell you to do whats written inside,

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