Occult Origins: Hakim Bey’s Ontological Post-Anarchism

Occult Origins: Hakim Bey’s Ontological Post-Anarchism” (or “Initiating Post-anarchism: Hakim Bey’s Ontological Anarchism” depending on which title you believe) by Joseph Christian Greer, from the “Ontological Anarché: Beyond Materialism and Idealism” issue of Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, may be of interest as it touches on the work of Hermetic Library fellow Hakim Bey / Peter Lamborn Wilson, Ontological Anarchy, Chaos Magick, and Zine culture.

“Convention concerning the beginning of Post-anarchist discourse locates its origin in Hakim Bey’s work in the 1980s; however, no commentator has sufficiently analyzed the thoroughly spiritualized anarchism upon which it is based, termed ‘Ontological Anarchism,’ nor the group that promoted it, the Association of Ontological Anarchism. This article draws attention to the ways in which the interface between a starkly postmodern form of esotericism called Chaos Magick and the anarchist tradition produced Ontological Anarchism, and, further, to the implications of this hybridity on the historiography of Post-anarchism.” [via]