Hakim Bey has been a big influence in my philosophy over the last decade. Between Temporary Autonomous Zone, Immediatism and Pirate Utopias (written as Peter Lamborn Wilson) he outlines a humanistic way of living – seeking personal sovereignty through poetic acts. He was the first person to vocalize a system of thought that emphasized the art of living as a pure form, and of primary importance in defining our outward social actions. Bey’s philosophies of ‘ontological anarchy’ and ‘poetic terrorism’ define ways of calling for social justice, and embodying the joy of living, through artistic intervention and unexpected beauty. All philosophies have their weaknesses – but his unserious approach to the serious business of living and social revolution is still resonant.
Above is the cover of probably my 5th copy of T.A.Z. (it’s a book meant to be given away), which Harpo and I tore into sections and read on the AT. When we were done reading, we would leave the sections in shelters for others… another act of literary intervention, though not quite as badass as Guy Debord’s sandpaper bookcover.
The first duty of a man is to think for himself.
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.
― Emma Goldman
We have some wild friends in the biggest little city, Reno NV. They love bikes, beer and anarchy – the totality of these interests manifests itself as a yearly bike race called SCALLEYCAT. SC is a 24 hour, booze fueled debauch in and around Reno, including punk shows, puking, fire, buying stuff for bums, graffiti, and many, many bad ideas. Overall, it’s one of the best times you can have in the wild west. We were’t there to win, but that’s not the point.