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Temporary Autonomous Zone

Hakim Bey Since absolutely nothing can be predicated with any real certainty as to the “true nature of things”, all projects (as Nietzsche says) can only be “founded on nothing.” And yet there must be a project—if only because we ourselves...

TAZ — Anarchy as Chaos

adapted from Murray Bookchin — Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm One of the most unsavory examples of lifestyle anarchism is Hakim Bey’s (aka Peter Lamborn Wilson) T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchism,...

Social Anarchism

​Social anarchism is made of fundamentally different stuff, heir to the Enlightenment tradition, with due regard to that tradition’s limits and incompleteness.  Depending upon how it defines reason, social anarchism celebrates the thinking mind without in any way...

Autonomy or Freedom

Contrary to the cosmic order, there are some days in history that do not rise up.  In order to appear, these new things disguise themselves and possibly their borrowed dress, yesterday’s will stifle them.   This fragile moment is also that of human decision that...

Individual or Social Liberty

adapted from Murray Bookchin — Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm For some two centuries, anarchism — a very ecumenical body of anti-authoritarian ideas — developed in the tension between two basically contradictory...

Problems of decentralization

If many pragmatic people are blind to the importance of decentralism, many in the ecology movement tend to ignore very real problems with “localism” — problems no less troubling than the problems raised by a globalism that fosters a total interlocking of economic and...