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disintegrate and freeze in the face of the coming uprising. In the event of a major attack we move our conflict with the es­ tablished order into the deep Internet. You can consider that the deep Internet is an important tool for our TAZs: “If the TAZ is a no­ mad encampment, then the deep Internet in the purveyor of epic chants, genealogies and clan leg­ ends; in its memory it holds the secret routes of caravans and the ambush paths that ensure the flu­ idity of the clan economy; it even contains roads to follow and cer­ tain dreams, which will be experi­ enced as signs and augurs that will mentally destroy the enemy.”

orders. The swarm illustrates the principle of apparent non-lineari­ ty in terms of space, organisation and time. It comes directly from the theory of Chaos described by Lorenz and remastered by Gleick. The traditional manoeuvre para­ digm, characterised by Euclidean geometry, is transformed, ac­ cording to the military, by a new paradigm into a complex frac­ tal geometry. In our view, the Mandelbrot set is locally closely related. In military topology, the notion of close relationship for­ malises the concept of being all in one piece, hence our strategic ad­ vantage over the enemy.

This could explain the army’s fas­ It is necessary to understand how cination with the spatial and our enemies interpret the now fa­ organisational models and oper­ miliar principle of “swarming”. The ative modes put forward by the­ swarm manœuvre has in fact been orists like Deleuze and Guattari. For soldiers, urban warfare is the adapted by the Warriors of Chaos ultimate post-modern form of from the principle of artificial in­ conflict. Faith in a logically struc­ telligence, from the intelligence of the swarm, which assumes that tured one-way battle plan evap­ orates before the complexity and the ability to solve problems is found in the interaction and com­ ambiguity of the urban reality. munication of relatively unsophis­ Artists become combatants; com­ batants become artists. For an ticated agents (ants, birds, bees, soldiers) with few or no centralised ene­my of the Abode of Chaos, the

Warriors of Chaos seem “to be ­everywhere: in front, behind, on the sides, to the left, to the right, above, below. How can one fight like that?”

jected into the public domain that a military solution is possible in situations where it is very uncer­ tain at best. That’s where the real danger lies. The practical or tac­ tical function, the way in which To go still further, our enemies the Deleuzian theory influences ask us: why not Derrida and military tactics and manoeuvres, Deconstruction? We reply: Derrida raises questions about the rela­ is perhaps a little too conceptual tionship between theory and prac­ for us Warriors of Chaos. We have tice. In discursive terms, war, if it more in common with the archi­ is not a war of total annihilation, tects of desire; we combine theo­ constitutes a form of discourse be­ ry and practice. We can read, but tween enemies. we can also construct and destroy, and sometimes we can annihilate Every military action is supposed all forms of enemy... These ideas to communicate something to the had, of course, been conceived by enemy. To talk of “swarming” and Guy Debord and other members of “intelligent destruction” through the Situationist International to the voice of the Warriors of Chaos defy the constructed hierarchy of makes it possible to communicate the capitalist citadel, and to break to one’s enemies that they have down distinctions between pub­ the capacity to inflict far more in­ lic and private, inside and outside, tensive destruction. Artistic raids use and function, replacing private or attacks can thus be shown as space with a public surface “with more moderate alternatives to no borders or limits”. the destructive capacities cur­ rently possessed by the Warriors Mental violence can thus be por­ of Chaos, which they will trigger trayed as tolerable, and the pub­ if the enemy exceeds the “accept­ lic encouraged to support it. For able” level of violence or infringes example, the development and a tacit agreement. spread of new military technol­ ogies encourages the fiction pro­

In terms of operational military theory, it is never essential to use one’s full capacity of destruction; it is better to maintain the poten­ tial to increase the level of mental atrocity. Otherwise threats no lon­ ger have any meaning. For the Warriors of Chaos, there is no evolution, no revolution, no struggle, no path; each per­ son is already the monarch of his own skin, and his inviolable liber­ ty is only waiting to be complet­ ed by the love of other monarchs, a dream policy as urgent as the blue of the sky and the folly of our century. When the Warriors of Chaos talk of theory, this seems to be a mat­ ter of changing their organisation­ al and hierarchical structure. And when the Warriors of Chaos talk to the enemy, theory can be understood as a particularly in­ timidating “shock and awe” weap­ on, the message being: “You will never, ever understand that which annihilates your established order for all eternity”… thierry Ehrmann

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Opus IX: Abode of Chaos / La Demeure du Chaos 1999-2013  

thierry Ehrmann: we put all our passion and folly into preparing this French-English Collector, the book of the decade: 504 pages / 4.5 kg /...

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