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December 17, 2004

Not Your Mother’s Anarchist Cookbook

Back in the 60s, some joker printed and published “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” It had little to do with anarchism, and more accurately would’ve been titled “The Vandal and Saboteur’s Cookbook,” or, perhaps “A Bunch of Semi-Accurate Recipes for Explosives.” The text of this book is easy to find on the internet, and is popular among young male nerds who think that knowing how to make dynamite ups their danger/cool quotient (it doesn’t). Sadly, this book has helped stigmatize anarchists as “people who like to blow shit up”. While it’s true that many anarchists feel that a lot of smashing up needs to be done to make modern society more fit for human beings, most anarchists I know are more interested in music, feeding the hungry, and designing political websites.

Well, there’s a new anarchist cookbook in town.

“Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchists Cookbook” looks to be an enormous tome full of information about various protest tactics, DIY how-tos, and activist culture. I have yet to read it, but it looks like it has potential. It’s by the poet-propagandists of CrimethInc.. They’re talented folks who repeatedly make a passionate, compelling case that living the life of your dreams and building a free, new world are not only possible, are not only preferable, but are actually necessary for the survival of mankind. Carpe diem meets “I have a dream” meets a fist in the air.

CrimethInc. also wrote Days of War, Nights of Love, which I highly recommend. The book even has a video trailer. That’s tres dope. I’m going to make a video trailer for my book, someday.

Was I going somewhere with all this? Oh yeah. Old anarchist cookbook: eh. New anarchist cookbook: lookin’ good. I’ll try to get a copy and report back to y’all.

Posted by Jake on December 17, 2004 12:11 am

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by xx — May 23, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

  2. hi im trying to get a free download of the anarchists cookbook i did have but went missing off my comp if anyone know where i can find a one free of charge and no crap plz e-mail me thanks c ya

    Comment by dave — March 20, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

  3. Anarcists are radical fools like it was one anarcists who assainated president McKinnley the anarcists was fried in old sparky

    Comment by Flu-Bird — September 2, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

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