I wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in 1969. Now I see its premise as flawed

William Powell, http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/blog/, Dec 19, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Author William Powell recants. He writes, "the basic premise behind the Cookbook is profoundly flawed. The anger that motivated the writing of the Cookbook blinded me to the illogical notion that violence can be used to prevent violence." Interestingly, he offers a book on education as the implicit refutation of that notion. "The premise is that all learning takes place in a social context, and that teachers with a high degree of emotional intelligence construct relationships with students that enhance learning." I was never in danger of being drafted, but my anger about war and violence and poverty and inhumanity is deep. Which is why I, too, work in education.

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