Industrial Society And Its Future By Theodore John Kaczynski
Ironically, they (typically upper-middle-class leftists) want to strengthen the system that itself is the underlying cause of these problems. The translation of Kaczynski’s 1995 manifesto, which Apostolidès began the day after he read it in the Washington Post, was the first step in a longer journey. Because “technology bad” isn’t a point it’s a statement like 5g makes my dick bigger, there is no reason or logic behind it.
As we’re seeing something as simple as a single virus is putting on our current technological system under strain. As time goes on the technological system creates tools that radicals such as Ted can more cheaply and easily utilize to attack the same system. It also depends on these radicals’ ideological purity.
Yes that is exactly what I got from reading the manifesto he is an uncomfortable human-being who blames every one else for his uncomfortableness and uses technology as a scape goat. Perfect example of people thinking that the ideas they allow into their head will somehow affect the future of humanity. While just not reading it likely has no effect, making this public post about it might dissuade others from reading and discourage manifesto publishing. He murdered people to publicize his manifesto. I feel that if I were to read it, I would be encouraging others to kill to get their views known. So I won’t be reading it, regardless of its merits.
This seems to us a thoroughly contemptible way for the human race to end up, and we doubt that many people would find fulfilling lives in such pointless busy-work. They would seek other, dangerous outlets (drugs, crime, “cults,” hate groups) unless they were biologically or psychologically engineered to adapt them to such a way of lffe. It presumably would be impractical for all people to have electrodes inserted in their heads so that they could be controlled by the authorities. Given the outstanding record of our society in solving technical problems, it is overwhelmingly probable that great advances will be made in the control of human behavior. Thus control over human behavior will be introduced not by a calculated decision of the authorities but through a process of social evolution . Propaganda for example is used for many good purposes, such as discouraging child abuse or race hatred.
He identifies forces that impel or impede convergence and discovers six segments in society tending toward convergence and three favoring diversity. He demonstrates that overall there is a general movement toward convergence, but the greatest barriers to full convergence are the irreconcilable social goals of governments. The most acute evidence of his work can be found in the recent uprisings in Poland, where workers’ industrial imperatives challenged the political order and its own peculiar social aims. Are industrial societies evolving into one-dimensional, socially constricted, homogenized victims of a triumphant technology? Or will they merely share economies based on science, technology, and capital, while independent in political forms and social goals? Until now there have been partial answers by economists, political scientists, historians, sociologists, and anthropologists as they engage in explaining cultures and projecting the future of societies.
Clark Kerr, one of our leading interpreters of industrialism, provides a penetrating technique for analysis and a persuasive answer. Technology overtaking humanity was only one of the scary possibilities. The rise of the “one percent” super rich and corporations controlling everything, was another. It is large-scale technology that changes society and requires restrictions on human freedom. Large-scale technology can be forgotten (e.g. much ancient Roman technology had to be rediscovered). Large-scale technology is highly interdependent, so once some of it is gone the rest can’t be used.