I am only now stumbling across this information, so it will not be an in depth investigation. I do not have the time or inclination to read Peter Lamborn Wilson’s work. I just came across incidentally by doing a search on “anarchy” and spiritual subjects, considering the CHAoZ in CHAZ.
Wilson invented the concept of the “autonomous zone.” Anyone using this terminology today is taking inspiration directly from the aforementioned book, which was first published in 1991.
Wikpedia likely has a better summary of the book than I could hope to write in a short period of time:
The book describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control. The essay uses various examples from history and philosophy, all of which suggest that the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one’s own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it.
In the formation of a temporary autonomous zone, Bey argues, information becomes a key tool that sneaks into the cracks of formal procedures. A new territory of the moment is created that is on the boundary line of established regions. Any attempt at permanence that goes beyond the moment deteriorates to a structured system that inevitably stifles individual creativity. It is this chance at creativity that is real empowerment.
Bey later expanded the concept beyond the “temporary”, saying, “We’ve had to consider the fact that not all existing autonomous zones are ‘temporary.’ Some are … more-or-less ‘permanent.'” Hence, the concept of the permanent autonomous zone.
Later on in the entry we learn about how this was the inspiration for Burning Man, Rainbow Gatherings, and even CHAZ in Seattle.
The concept of TAZ was put into practice on a large scale by the Cacophony Society in what it called Trips to the Zone, or Zone Trips. Its co-founder John Law, also co-founded Black Rock City, now called the Burning Man Festival.
The annual Rainbow Gathering is another example, occurring every year since 1972 on public land in the United States, and having no formal organizational structure.
In June 2020, in response to civil protest associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, a neighborhood in Seattle was declared as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
As you are likely starting to see, I am opening up a massive can of worms here, so I hope some of you decent readers out there are willing to go fishing through this information with me.
There is so much that is relevant to what we’re seeing today. 29 years ago the book talked about “parasitizing the Net” and then building a new Net.
Thus the Web, in order to produce situations conducive to the TAZ, will parasitize the Net–but we can also conceive of this strategy as an attempt to build toward the construction of an alternative and autonomous Net, “free” and no longer parasitic, which will serve as the basis for a “new society emerging from the shell of the old.” The counter-Net and the TAZ can be considered, practically speaking, as ends in themselves–but theoretically they can also be viewed as forms of struggle toward a different reality.
The book involves many spiritual themes, especially regarding Chaos and Eros. We have about the prevalence of Chaos magick within the controlled opposition Right-wing movement many times.
Of course we see Chaos magicians operating on the left as well. They always play both sides.
Another thing that seems to be common amongst the left and right controlled opposition characters is their promotion of pedophilia. Wikipedia admits that Wilson is a pedophile advocate and himself a boy rapist. It is even mentioned how Autonomous Zones appear to be a way to rape children.
Helms accuses Wilson of using the concept of Temporary Autonomous Zones to advocate for pedophilia, citing a previous zine he had created named Wild Children “for contributors 17 and under.”
I include some excerpts here of a pretty revealing article by a non-pedophile anarchist who takes issue with Wilson’s public endorsement of child rape in periodicals such as the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
…he is a public paedophile intellectual of international reputation, and one who mixes anarchist ideology into his paedophile discourse. Even though we’re talking about a writer whose work has now been translated into French, Russian, German, Dutch, and other languages, I should like to emphasise that there is no reason why the interviewer should have already known this. The Rail’s pages, however, have presented him as entirely respectable thinker, and I am writing to correct that mistake.
It was actually the very first thing I ever heard about the man: “Same person as Hakim Bey. Goes for little Boys,” was the matter-of-fact comment from one of his New York City comrades, around 1991, when I was still new to anarchism, and living in Philadelphia.
[…] Beginning with the July-August 1985 issue, the magazine [NAMBLA] carried a long series of items by Hakim Bey, who was already a distinctly anarchist writer. Most of them were discussions of the paedophile obsession with a clear anarchist slant. Anarchist ideology was the mode of justification, the method of persuading children to have sex and to keep it secret.
[…] Many of Hakim Bey’s best-known anarchist pitches first saw print as paedophile apologies. NAMBLA published his “Association for Ontological Anarchism, communiqué #2” in July-Aug 1986, and a journal called Gayme ran “A Temporary Autonomous Zone” and “Pirate Utopias” in issues of 1993-95, along with his more obscure “Contemplation of the Unbearded.”
Bey’s best-known book Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) describes spiritual zones in which anything goes, where the oppressive rules of the outside society need not interfere with what feels good to do. I realise that many honest people have read TAZ without taking any sleazy impression from it. I hope they’ll forgive me for pointing out that paedophiles say these same things to children.
[…] This is not “spiritual anarchism,” as he entitled a public “Chaos Day” lecture in December of 2002. It is paedophile opportunism.
[…] No one anywhere denies that Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey) is paedophile, least of all the man himself.
So CHAZ is taking inspiration from an open pederast in forming their new little state. Perhaps these people hate the police so much because raping children is still against the law, though many are actively trying to change that.