A ruota libera: Miseria del lettore di TAZ: autocritica dell’ideologia underground (Contatti)

ISBN: 8886232675
ISBN 13: 9788886232678
By: Peter Lamborn Wilson Hakim Bey

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A snippet:"WEIRD DANCING IN ALL-NIGHT computer-banking lobbies. Unauthorized pyrotechnic displays. Land-art, earth-works as bizarre alien artifacts strewn in State Parks. Burglarize houses but instead of stealing, leave Poetic-Terrorist objects. Kidnap someone & make them happy. Pick someone at random & convince them they're the heir to an enormous, useless & amazing fortune--say 5000 square miles of Antarctica, or an aging circus elephant, or an orphanage in Bombay, or a collection of alchemical mss. Later they will come to realize that for a few moments they believed in something extraordinary, & will perhaps be driven as a result to seek out some more intense mode of existence."

sarah rouan

astonishing writing."Pomegranate, mulberry, persimmon, the erotic melancholy of cypresses, membrane-pink shirazi roses, braziers of meccan aloes & benzoin, stiff shafts of ottoman tulips, carpets spread like make-believe gardens on actual lawns--a pavilion set with a mosaic of calligrammes--a willow, a stream with watercress--a fountain crystalled underneath with geometry-- the metaphysical scandal of bathing odalisques, of wet brown cupbearers hide-&-seeking in the foliage--'water, greenery, beautiful faces.'"


As all the reviews show, pretty polarizing - I'm happy I can walk the middle line on this and got what I could out of the book. Some good stuff here, and the dubious stuff can be covered mostly under the "romantic" approach of the philosophy and writing (really, it makes all the complaints about Bey not being part of some accepted philosophical system or history of Anarchism pretty redundant, and those that claim such things seem to have missed the point entirely - people don't storm barricades after reading dry, analytical texts. And I'm not even much of an anarchist). "Lifestyle Anarchism"? Absolutely! - as if there's anything wrong with that. Everyone preens, everyone postures, everyone's pretty much a hypocrite - no point in divvying up vituperation and blame based on the high-ground of your personal circumstances - is that moral relativism? Absolutely - as if there's anything wrong with that - a term currently slung by those who ignored it when torture was suddenly "expedient" a few years ago, or the wholesale theft of their banking masters was made obvious even more recently (job creators = thieves)... The NAMBLA stuff, yeah, troubling (I certainly don't share the predilection - I'm as straight vanilla as they come) - but at least he's honest and it might make people start to grapple with the grey area between adults attracted to 8-year-olds and adults attracted to 16-year-olds (much more accepted culturally - if still frowned upon - when it's heterosex and not homosex, our entire pop-music culture is built around "jailbait ass", for one, and anything good for the economy...). And I don't have any interest in discussing or debating that point further, so no need to comment....


Se procura perceber o que é o anarquismo, este é o livro certo. Contudo, é necessário ter uma mente muito aberta, pois nem tudo o que está aqui escrito é fácil de aceitar. É preciso tem em conta que há certas posições do autor que são realmente controversas e não tem qualquer ligação com o movimento anarquista, esse é o único defeito do livro. O estilo de escrita dificulta um pouco a leitura, mas não é um género de livro que se devore, antes, deve-se saborear. Recomenda-se uma leitura cautelosa e sem preconceitos


I approach this book differently from most readers, because I've known the author since my youthful days as an anarchist punk rocker, because I read parts of it before it was published in this form, and because my own Path (or "Trip") has both paralleled and diverged from his in so many interesting ways. I still see this book as a vital introduction to antinomian thought that also transcends most of the shortcomings of other similar projects. I fall in love with the prose every time. I also see this as an important early articulation of new trends in anarchism that have influenced ideas even among those who regard themselves as being in opposition to Bey.The book consists in three parts. The first is "Chaos: The Broadsheets of Ontological Anarchism." This is the part I had read while still in High School, when it was available in self-published Zine format. It borrows stylistically from the Discordian movement, and therefore is often confused with another post-Discordian experiment, Chaos Magic. But it goes far beyond CM or the largely "safe" Discordianism of Benares, Wilson, et al, and delves into radical territory, celebrating Chaos' liberating potential as well as its destructive power without flinching or letting up. The second section is "Communiques of the Association for Ontological Anarchism," and it may be the best part. Hakim Bey is most talented as short-and-fast propaganda artist, moreso even than as an essayist (he is in no way a writer of "books"). Each of these chapters is a quick kick in the balls of authority, a playground game for adults, or an inspired poem of suggested action. The final section, "the Temporary Autonomous Zone," is theoretically the most significant. TAZ anticipates the move away from "revolutionary" anarchism, which sought to impose freedom on unwitting masses through the use of force to bring down the State, and toward the "insurrectionary" model, which is based on creating freedom here and now in small doses for those with the smarts and the guts to use it. Insurrections are not new, but because they rarely last (are "temporary"), they are often discounted as means of liberation. The TAZ suggests that they can also be fun and creative, not just bloody and ill-conceived.I recommend this to everyone who feels bored by the world - Hakim Bey has the power to make it new and exciting again.


Temporary Autonomous Zones——or TAZ as they are affectionately called—are forged rather than entered. The surveillance ruins, serving as a reminder of the war, crumble under the center of TAZ. Some ruins are composed out of metabolized programs. The other problem with rules is the instantaneous feature of a strict hierarchy, as anyone familiar with the latest studies has been informed. In TAZ there are sometimes options to get to a point. Activity scallops, repeating important and non-important features, a hallucination of the experiment itself. Appearing alphabetic while afterlife, an upcoming chapter argues for telling the difference. The practice of framing something as something else makes even more distinctions. See the object moving slower than the idea of the object? See the ruins in a straightforward account, once covered with mosaics?As if the event with a positive amplitude cancels an event with a negative amplitude by simply exciting the atom. It is thus the role of the player, those indeterminately witnessing the ruins, to first decide whether to follow or ignore the walkthrough. Additional poems will be made in TAZ. Will the player play backward? Will the player enter the fortress from the position of money or fantasy? Will the player use the hungry avatar to intervene in the reductive doctrine? Is there a feasible yet risky rescue plan? Can the puzzle be solved by repositioning the body?It is in this way that the future is a necessary demagogue to manufacture. Like disorienting memories, ruins ask even more of the people they compute. For example, I work to explain the folly of the refutation of technology. Normally, privately, I wonder if it is a dramatic slip of the pen...Such idealism in TAZ is unavoidable. Upon forging temporary autonomous zones, one can’t help but marvel at the delicate indentations left over from the migratory meteors. Much of the fascination with cultural memory is that its substances in the lower chambers can adhere to any structure, including the witness. The future position and momentum of a particle cannot be known with any certainty because its present conditions cannot be known without ambiguity. While the people attempt to explain these mechanics with the usual artifacts—hypotheses, premises, special prowess of all kinds—they eventually accept the impossibility of measuring the starting atmospheric conditions.A new rule is formed.


This book is fantastic. Bey opens a new path for me, opening up possibilities of awareness by making it clear how the left and the right are the conjoined twins of the current ideological reality. Ontological Anarchism is such a fabulous concept vehicle. Bey is a weird contradiction. I prejudice him to be in black smoking clove cigarettes, as one of those artsy lit-crit type philosophers by his use of language, but it must not be, because the wearing of that kind of masks he blows apart.Some favorite parts:"..all forms of determinism appear equally vapid-- were slaves of neither our genes or our machines.What is natural is what we imagine and create. 'Nature has no Laws, just Habits'"'webwork' instead of 'network'"The Neolithic begins with desire for commodities (agricultural surplus), moves on to the production of desire (industry), and ends with the implosion of desire (advertising).""Free Religions""Instead of murder say 'the hunt' the pure paleolithic economy of all archaic and non-authoritarian tribal society-- 'venery,' both the killing & eating of flesh & the way of Venus, of desire. Instead of war say 'insurrection,' not the revolution of classes & powers but of the eternal rebel, the dark one who uncovers light. Instead of greed say 'yearning,' unconquerable desire, mad love. And then instead of famine, which is a kind of mutilation, speak of wholeness, plenty, superabandance, generosity of the self which spirals outward toward the Other."


I don't really know how to review this one, and I really wish I didn't have to give it a star rating so I'm just gonna give it a three because there are some five-star moments to this and some one-star (if you're gonna think about it like that).On the most literal level, this work is a compilation of tracts on ontological anarchism that were originally published in the mid-1980s. There's a strong debt to Dadaism and the Beats (especially the latter, though that could just as easily be through the shared interest in subject matter like "pirate utopias" and Hassan-I-Sabbah), and a strong current of techno-utopianism which seems a little quaint in retrospect (Bey's proposition that the nascent Internet might be a means of achieving a social space ungrounded by government). I don't even know what I'm doing reviewing this. It's not exactly a manifesto, Bey would probably bristle at such an idea, with its implicit connection with telling people what to do. If you're into a sort of free-spirited, amoral, mysticism-soaked pseudo-ideology, this is perfect for you. If you're looking for a more traditional, throw-down-the-gauntlet set of political ideas, you'd probably agree with Murray Bookchin that this is a loosely-defined call to "lifestyle anarchism" and should probably stay away. I'm not too aligned with either side, so I'd say it's an interesting document of a single spot in time, indebted to some good ideas, putting forth some other good ideas, but ultimately lacking in any sort of conventional coherence.

Purnacandra Sivarupa

All talk of TAZ and ontological anarchism must be contextualized: Violent, revolutionary anarchism is a perpetual failure for the very fact that it tries to destroy the structures on which it relies for its meaning. If the whole "system" were brought down, the anarchists would lose their purpose. The same can be said of any revolutionary group, which is why Communism also has never really worked. If Hakim Bey's thoughts are flawed, they are not so because they broke from anarchist orthodoxy — a thing which exists against all reason — but because they didn't quite break loose enough from the assumptions of political anarchism. Where Bey hit the nail on the head, though, is the notion that real freedom is not the direct result of systems, but is rather what individuals can create in the tiny spaces between the gears of the machine. Hakim Bey's greatest failure is to place too many constraints on the particulars of social and material manifestation; his greatest success is simply to remind us through the eyes of poetry that liberation is of consciousness and of individuals, not of abstractions such as "society" and "the collective".In sum: What anarchists hate about Hakim Bey is what I love about him, and what anarchists like about him is what makes me shake my head with pity.

Morgan (Turbo)

This book was really interesting because of its connection to SPAZZ and the Autonomous Mutant Festival (both of which are based on the main conceit of this book). The T.A.Z. is a place in time and place ruled by anarchy. The most obvious example of this phenomonon was pirate towns around the world. I recommend this book if you looking for a political book with not so much political jargon but more poetry and obscure literary references. I only wish it would go into more histories of Autonomous Zones.


Part of the thought cloud that contains the Church of the Subgenius, the Discordians, Fight Club, Flash mobs, Burning Man (prior to the corporate take-over), and Illuminati. This is the seamy underbelly of Western culture and what happened to the hippies that didn't sell out. In many ways the whole thing is a bizarre parody of/homage to the catch-phrase spouting dialectic of the Cold War idealists, in that jargon and obscure claims of repression replace any sort of intelligent discourse; except this guy is serious. Why am I reading it? I was hoping for something more akin to the Anarchy exemplified in Spain just prior to the Spanish Civil War. Why do I keep reading it? Well, I'm stubborn, and I would claim that the list with which I started this review isn't that far removed from my own mish-mash wannabe thought cloud of Maker, Technophile, Mormon, and Jeffersonian Democrat.So, perhaps the best question is why is the book written the way it is? The best answer I can come up with is because he is trying to (to steal a phrase from fandom) "freak the mundanes". Something Robert Anton Wilson would call (cover your kids' eyes, folks) Mindfuck. I think he was more incomprehensible and therefore less effective than other attempts at this process and that is the failing of the book.


I want to say that this book is brilliant. Indeed, that was my impression upon reading it. Bey/Wilson is a unique talent - his writing is poetry: all of it hits you in the heart. I still want to say that this is an excellent book, definitely essential for anyone who wants to start up a cultural space and for anyone who likes dreaming and is inspired by the tenuous relationship between dreams, creativity and reality. I also want to maintain that this is certainly one of the best books I've ever read, and I wholeheartedly disagree with the people who maintain that there is no love for humanity here, or that it's all self-centered. I think the ideas are a lot more utopian and important than that - to put it all down to mere self-centeredness is rather shallow. There are hints of the mystical and a utopian ideal of merging art with life, which I find an incredibly valuable contribution.So, the problem I have with this book (and why I'm giving it a 3-star rating instead of a 5-star one) is really with the authour himself. In his life and other work, his justification for pedophilia is beyond disturbing, as is his support for NAMBLA. I find this behaviour unacceptable, and important to condemn (for reasons that I think are obvious, but that I won't go into in this review).I say read the book, take what works (and certainly there are a lot of ideas in here that could work very, very well), read up about the authour and the controversy surrounding him and come to your own conclusions.

A. Razor

I carried this book with me in my backpack from 87-92 as I hopped trains and lived in squats from L.A. to S.F. to NYC to Portland to Seattle to Minnihopelis to Chi-town to Wash,DC and it was a never ending source of distraction and inspiration in those years. It was one of the books I was glad to have been shipped into my cell while I was locked up from 92-94. I still have a copy around here that I pick up from time to time and the clarity, to the pointedness of it all has always made me feel like I should never give up my struggle to be heard, seen or felt, no matter what. Not a lot of books have that effect for me, so this one is a bit special in that sense. I have enjoyed many other writings of the Hakim Bey type, while not all of them are at an agreeable point with me personally, I am still very glad this book came into my life when it did. Very well done.


Awful. I put this book here cause it is the kind of individualistic anarchist crap that has the potential to suck in otherwise bright young kids. Punks out there that are supporting Ron Paul have probably read this garbage. The worst part: hipsters read this and actually believe it has some merit. But I guess that goes without saying. There is no love of humanity in this book, just a love of self-centered 'hipness'. Yuck!


this book turned me onto tongs, secret societies, anarchic art, what is important to the individual who thinks, acts, speaks for themselves... What is a T.A.Z....well here are some examples...burning man, rainbow gatherings, hemp fests, any activity that is a collective of people who are unlawful or marginalized by society that lasts for a temporary amount of time and then dissolves as an apparition back into the social fabric...all of hakim bey's books are anti-copyright..so anyone can use any portion of the book for whatever purpose...the author only asks that he be notified...i think that is a great step towards humanizing the publishing world...if it is unprofitable...but who is in it for the profit...revolution now... mike seely and the acid tong

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