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T. A. Z.
The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, PoeticTerrorism
Hakim Bey
Autonomedia Anti-copyright, 1985, 1991. May be freely pirated & quoted-- the author & publisher, however, would like to beinformed at:AutonomediaP. O. Box 568Williamsburgh StationBrooklyn, NY 11211-0568Book design & typesetting: Dave MandlThis HTML version is based heavily on an original conversion byMike Morrison, with minor corrections and compilation into onesingle file done byMarius WatzPrinted in the United States of America
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAOS: THE BROADSHEETS OF ONTOLOGICAL ANARCHISM was first published in 1985 by Grim Reaper Press of Weehawken, New Jersey; a later re-issue was published in Providence, Rhode Island, and this edition was pirated in Boulder,Colorado. Another edition was released by Verlag Golem of Providence in 1990, and pirated in Santa Cruz, California, by We Press."The Temporary Autonomous Zone" was performed at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, and onWBAI-FM in New York City, in 1990.
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Thanx to the following publications, current and defunct, in which some of these pieces appeared (no doubt I've lost or forgottenmany--sorry!): KAOS (London); Ganymede (London); Pan (Amsterdam); Popular Reality; Exquisite Corpse (also Stiffest of theCorpse, City Lights); Anarchy (Columbia, MO); Factsheet Five; Dharma Combat; OVO; City Lights Review; Rants and IncendiaryTracts (Amok); Apocalypse Culture (Amok); Mondo 2000; The Sporadical; Black Eye; Moorish Science Monitor; FEH!; Fag Rag;The Storm!; Panic (Chicago); Bolo Log (Zurich); Anathema; Seditious Delicious; Minor Problems (London); AQUA; Prakilpana.Also, thanx to the following individuals: Jim Fleming; James Koehnline; Sue Ann Harkey; Sharon Gannon; Dave Mandl; Bob Black;Robert Anton Wilson; William Burroughs; "P.M."; Joel Birroco; Adam Parfrey; Brett Rutherford; Jake Rabinowitz; Allen Ginsberg;Anne Waldman; Frank Torey; Andr­ Codrescu; Dave Crowbar; Ivan Stang; Nathaniel Tarn; Chris Funkhauser; SteveEnglander; Alex Trotter. --March, 1991
CHAOS: THE BROADSHEETS OF ONTOLOGICAL ANARCHISM
(Dedicated to Ustad Mahmud Ali Abd al-Khabir)
Chaos
CHAOS NEVER DIED. Primordial uncarved block, sole worshipful monster, inert & spontaneous, more ultraviolet than anymythology (like the shadows before Babylon), the original undifferentiated oneness-of-being still radiates serene as the blackpennants of Assassins, random & perpetually intoxicated.Chaos comes before all principles of order & entropy, it's neither a god nor a maggot, its idiotic desires encompass & define everypossible choreography, all meaningless aethers & phlogistons: its masks are crystallizations of its own facelessness, like clouds.Everything in nature is perfectly real including consciousness, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Not only have the chains of the Law been broken, they never existed; demons never guarded the stars, the Empire never got started, Eros never grew a beard.No, listen, what happened was this: they lied to you, sold you ideas of good & evil, gave you distrust of your body & shame for yourprophethood of chaos, invented words of disgust for your molecular love, mesmerized you with inattention, bored you withcivilization & all its usurious emotions.There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path; already you're the monarch of your own skin--your inviolable freedomwaits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs: a politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky.To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests,bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poisedon the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever.Agents of chaos cast burning glances at anything or anyone capable of bearing witness to their condition, their fever of 
lux et voluptas
. I am awake only in what I love & desire to the point of terror--everything else is just shrouded furniture, quotidiananaesthesia, shit-for-brains, sub-reptilian ennui of totalitarian regimes, banal censorship & useless pain.Avatars of chaos act as spies, saboteurs, criminals of amour fou, neither selfless nor selfish, accessible as children, mannered asbarbarians, chafed with obsessions, unemployed, sensually deranged, wolfangels, mirrors for contemplation, eyes like flowers,pirates of all signs & meanings.Here we are crawling the cracks between walls of church state school & factory, all the paranoid monoliths. Cut off from the tribe byferal nostalgia we tunnel after lost words, imaginary bombs.The last possible
deed 
is that which defines perception itself, an invisible golden cord that connects us: illegal dancing in thecourthouse corridors. If I were to kiss you here they'd call it an act of terrorism--so let's take our pistols to bed & wake up the city atmidnight like drunken bandits celebrating with a fusillade, the message of the taste of chaos.
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