“Over the last couple of months, Occupy had gone beyond a reliance on a specific place like Zuccotti. It developed a recipe for how to set up a temporary autonomous zone (what’s often called a TAZ).
What is a TAZ? A location that is outside of the control of the nation-state and global marketplace. Specifically, in the context of Occupy, the TAZ is
- the modern equivalent of a nomadic village (a mobile, temporary community)
- community that is self-governed (typically democratically)
- a counter cultural hot spot (from music to visual arts to deep discussion)
- a media hub and wireless communications network
- a source of limited amounts of shelter/power/prepared food/etc.
- simple security and a means of defense (this will get more elaborate)
- a launching point for protest
What does all of this mean?
Here are some conclusions. I’ll refine this list as we progress.
- The TAZ will be attractive to younger people (from the unique atmosphere to the element of danger involved).
- Much of the technology that is being developed for the Occupy TAZ (energy, communications, etc.) is useful for building resilient communities
- If passive TAZ defense tech/techniques are developed and deployed, these communities will be very difficult to eradicate
There are also a number of interesting links to other posts at that blog to further explore the nature of TAZ as a part of resistance, such as GLOBAL GUERRILLAS AND TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONES and The Occupy API and Open Source Protest
In the comments to that blog post, there’s mention of the need for some kind of permanent solution, which of course reminds me of some of the other resources at the library, such as The Periodic Autonomous Zone and Permanent TAZs to name just two. You may want to check out more at Hakim Bey and Ontological Anarchy.