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Poetry in a Motion,
This review is from: TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism (Autonomedia New Autonomy Series) (Paperback)
The TAZ is a pocket sized book missile. This would set the cling clang of every airport scanner ringing with metronomic fury, a metallic thrash smattering the casino winning bell, if carried though airport security. Therefore be careful. It appears innoccuous but the contents subtly undermine the telescopic myopia of university trained Pavlovia.
Built on the foundations of Vanegeim and De Bord, this ideas factory brims over with the erupting cup of burning desire, so tune in and turn off, stop drowning in the noise. Bey draws on the mysticism of Sufiism, the magic of poetry and the enhncement of art to detourn the standard Marxist/Adam Smith line that life is work. Instead Hakim calls for life to be made into art, and provides some keys for transcendence. This cuts into the standard life of the automaton, those built to obey.
Some may say this is just idealism, others may shy away because they live lives of drudgery with mortgaged nose to the everpresent grindstone, others may feel aloof.
Alienation/anomie/ennui is an everpresent problem in late capitalism, needing to be resolved, preferentially as an individual rather than as a herded big eyed docile collective. Systems by their nature reinforce rules, sublimating individuality within the throng of the herd. Hakim Bey explores the tensions between individual freedom and living collectively, putting the case for the Stirnerian man, as a collctive society of young gods/godesses.
No one can be forced to be an artist and liberate their potential, they have to feel the need. This becomes the individualism Hakim Bey profers along ith the keys for liberation.
This book will provide a kaleidoscopic pot pourri of ideas for personal liberation rather than a template. It does not hace an in built map that can be followed. Critical thinking has died a recent death. The Paul McKenna section is turn right at the edge of the precipice.