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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Brian Lucas

One of my favorite books--highly funny and entertaining. His examples of how a Temporary Autonomous Zone might be created are prima materia for any culture jammer, Discordian, graffiti-ist, artist or poet. Ontological anarchy is a bit convoluted, but I see what he's trying to do.... This isn't boring old useless anarchist syndicalism, but an anarchism that includes humor, the transcendent (ohhh no!) and reclamation of what is sacred.Funny that Bey gets accused of being a lifestyle anarchist (what's terrible about that? the idea is change yourself first) and an empty hipster, yet condemns this in TAZ itself. Also funny that other reviewers are afraid young people will get a hold of this and be corrupted...how conservative! How moralistic! What a joke!

Nativeabuse

Here is an excerpt from the book for people to judge for themselves, 90% of the book was this cut-up quasi-mystic-native-american-sorcery-voodoo mess, could someone please tell me what any of this has to do with anarchism? It reads like a el cheapo Burroughs imitation, and being a Burroughs fan I would normally see this as a great thing, if not for the fact that this was supposed to be a book about the history of the TAZ movement, and it reads like crappy hippie poetry."As guests of the Old Man of the Mountain Hassan-i Sabbah they climb rock-cut steps to the castle. Here the Day of Resurrection has already come & gone--those within live outside profane Time, which they hold at bay with daggers & poisons.Behind crenellations & slit-windowed towers scholars & fedayeen wake in narrow monolithic cells. Starmaps, astrolabes, alembics & retorts, piles of open books in a shaft of morning sunlight--an unsheathed scimitar.Each of those who enter the realm of the Imam-of-one's-own- being becomes a sultan of inverted revelation, a monarch of abrogation & apostasy. In a central chamber scalloped with light and hung with tapestried arabesques they lean on bolsters & smoke long chibouks of haschisch scented with opium & amber."WHAT ON EARTH AM I READING?!!? Here are some more choice quotes I noticed before I put this book down."Paste up in public places a xerox flyer, photo of a beautiful twelve-year-old boy, naked and masturbating, clearly titled: THE FACE OF GOD.""If "meat is murder!" as the Vegans like to claim, what pray tell is abortion? Those totemists who danced to the animals they hunted, who meditated to become one with their living food & share its tragedy, demonstrated values far more humane than the average claque of "pro-Choice" feminoid liberals."So he likes little boys, but is against abortion? I am so confused.

Michael

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.

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.

Jarrodtrainque

Inspiration for a generation of troublemakers and idealists. Both celebrated in the punk underground (where the original book has become a seminal text) and denounced in academic anarchist circles, the book has proved itself as both influential and relevant to multiple generations of dreamers, agitators, and activists. Hakim Bey's first book, originally published in 1985, refers in its title to "a mobile or transcient location free of economic and social interference by the State," and through a series of incendiary communiques, short essays, and poetic historical analysis insists on the production of greater autonomy in the present moment, rather than the acceptance of domination in exchange for the promise of some future utopia.

Ganglion Bard-barbarian

Hakim Bey is a pedophile, monarchist, anti-abortionist, pro-porn, anti-feminist, orientalist who prefers Fiume to anarchist Ukraine and Catalonia. Thinks anarchists should just become bohemian decadents who don't care about fighting the state. Claims to be an expert on Sufism despite his abject lack of scholastic credentials. Totally worthless. Recommended for New Age fruitcakes.

Flint

http://libcom.org/library/leaving-out...When I first read this, I would have rated it higher. Since then, I've learned a lot more about anarchism and how out of touch Hakim Bey is with social movements. Still, it has some romantic prose that can be very appealing. If I had to describe Bey's writing methodology; it's sort of like someone who name drops at a party--instead Bey drops esoteric concepts to make himself seem both well read (which he seems to be) and wise (which is very debatable). He gets one star after I learned that a lot of his politics are ideological justification for paedophilia.

Eden

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.

Jo

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."

Therese Tierney

This three-part text is written by the contemporary writer, Hakim Bey, and is unlike any other I've read - highly recommended if you're interested in the internet or the notion of counter-publics. The three sections are titled "Chaos," "Communiques of the Association for Ontology," and "The Temporary Autonomous Zone." The last chapter, "TAZ," is the most articulate of the three. It is an exploration on the subject of media publics, based on networks of affinities, and how they both supersede and transcend today's internet.

Shawn

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....

Pedro

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

Justin Martin

This book exists largely in a field where fiction is irrelevant, where myths are as important as history, and where transgression is encouraged as a mystical practice. The first chapters are a stunning sweep of proposals for individual mystical transgression; amor-fou, poetic terrorism, and boys masturbating unlock chaos and set everyone free. They're hardly succinct, never appropriate, and breathtaking syncretisms of mystical practices. They're poetic.The later chapters (the book consists of a short discourse on Chaos and its co-conspirators) while the later chapters embrace a more cognizant call to (dis)order. Bey's writing becomes more focused, and occasional lapses of focus still remain amazingly contiguous. In all, the book is an exposition not of the wrongs of society (those are assumed common knowledge, apparently) but rather the tools to be used to obtain personal, individual relief from those wrongs. Rather than a proposition to reorient and reconstruct moral standards, Bey demands that the reader exist in what appears to be an almost perpetual state of transgression of those morals. The T.A.Z concept mirrors the notion of Pirate Utopias existing temporarily, ignoring all time-limitations and existing as fully as possible for however long it is comfortable. The book is relentless and celebratory; it's rude, gorgeous, and completely aghast of authority. If you are into anarchy, read this seriously and it will turn you off of it.

Jeffrey

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.

Graham

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!

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