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Part one of six videos of a May 2009 interview with Hakim Bey

Via Plutonica.net, part one of six videos of a May 2009 interview with Hakim Bey.

“interview with Peter Lamborn Wilson AKA Hakim Bey in his home in May 2009”

“Technology, the triumph of capital, what I call the technopathocracy, the rule of sick machinery, what looked like the absolute the absolute triumph of neo-conservative / neo-liberal global capitalism that suddenly, it was no longer possible to even criticize capitalism, this was just like water or air, now it’s to be a given in our society. And the internet, and other forms of modern communication technology, although most people seem to think that this increases community, in my view, it destroys it. Because community, to me, is based on physical reality, not on communication devices. And when I hear things about the Internet community, it just makes me want to puke! It’s like talking about the law enforcement community, which is another favourite phrase of American journalism, as if these are all kindly neighbours lending cups of sugar to each other, you know? This is a fucking armed occupation force! That we pay out of our own pockets — help the police, beat yourself up, you know? And of course, America is at the forefront of this. We started the whole television-automobile-suburban culture, with its alienation, and the fact that you don’t know who you’re living next to. This is not society! This is the breakdown of society. This is atomization.”

“What was broken in 1989 in, I think, a major historical, end-of-the-world kind of way, was the idea that there was something natural about community.”


“I had picked out Boleskine for its loneliness. Lord Lovat and Mrs. Fraser-Tyler, my nearest neighbours, were eight miles away, while Grant of Glenmoriston was on the other side of Loch Ness. Besides, Boleskine was already the centre of a thousand legends.

Even before I came there there was a fine crop of the regular Highland superstitions.” Chapter 44 Confessions by Aleister Crowley

Here’s another post, over at The Wild Hunt about this: “For the True Aleister Crowley Fan/Thelema Devotee“. And, there’s a slideshow embedded in that post.