On Remorse or Regret

 ..and that fills me with remorse. Which is different than regret.

–  William Powell ( author of the Anarchist Cookbook as quoted from the documentary American Anarchist) ° context for quote below, citations at end.

 I think I’m aware that there is certainly that possibility, I think that’s inherent in the 3 paragraphs that I have just read…

[Interrupting his current statement, Powell begins reading directly from the text]

Allow the fear and the loneliness and hatred to build inside, you allow your passions to fertilize the seeds of constructive revolution, allow your love of freedom to overcome the false value placed on human life, freedom is based on respect and respect must be earned by the spilling of blood.”

[Resuming his statement in the documentary, he reflects that]

I can remember writing that and I remember thinking that is a cool turn of phrase. I was pleased with that at the time. Now, I think it’s absolute rubbish, but at the time it sounded really good to me. I can see that people might read portions of this book and find justification for doing very destructive and evil things.

Powell, William. 1949-2016. The anarchist cookbook. With a prefatory note on anarchism today, by P.M. Bergman. New York, L. Stuart [1971]

160 p. illus. 30 cm.

HX844.P68

American Anarchist (documentary)

October 8 to 2016.

Director and writer Charlie Siskel.

Production Companies: Bow and Arrow Entertainment; Patna Pictures

Distributors. Gravitas Ventures (2015) (USA) (all media)

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