Industrial Society And Its Future A Book By Theodore John Kaczynski
That, together with the horrendous nature of his crimes, have militated against any serious consideration of his ideas, until relatively recently. Now, as we contemplate the coming revolution in automation much of what he wrote about is increasingly debated. Today Kaczynski spends his hours embellishing his theories and corresponding with academics and journalists.
Reading these texts without appropriate historical and personal context would result in misreadings, or shallow readings, or, most often, shallow misreadings. That would let you look at the same set of problems in society, and decide either that you need to fix the individuals or fix the environment, that is, the structure of society . And their answer would feel so right to them that they would think that anyone who saw it the other way had to be maliciously advocating for a bad agenda. I tend to agree that the society critique parts read like an angry rant against society, that a structured critique.
Plus do you know how many countries love the idea of industrializing? Look at the nuclear arms race and countries currently entering their industrial revolution. If this global destruction of the industrial society did occur hypothetically, some country would take advantage of industrializing and enslave the world which would be more extreme then the current situation because they would be the sole operators of technology . Huge part of the social problems, suffering, psychological/mental, when not genetic, can be traced to environmental factors of today, totally different from those that shaped and in which the human species lived for the majority of its history. Evo psych use the “mismatch” when talking about mental modules that seem to behave erratically in a modern, “non natural”, environment. A further advantage of nature as a counter-ideal to technology is that, in many people, nature inspires the kind of reverence that is associated with religion, so that nature could perhaps be idealized on a religious basis.
Because of their capacity for single-minded devotion to a cause, True Believers are a useful, perhaps a necessary, ingredient of any revolutionary movement. This presents a problem with which we must admit we don’t know how to deal. We aren’t sure how to harness the energies of the True Believer to a revolution against technology. At present all we can say is that no True Believer will make a safe recruit to the revolution unless his commitment is exclusively to the destruction of technology. If he is committed also to another ideal, he may want to use technology as a tool for pursuing that other ideal .
I do have to give him small props for having an argument at all. Society creates people with too much time, which leads to psychological complexes and unhappiness. He rejects the social engineer’s claim that they can “fix” society. What Kaczynski doesn’t seem to get is that a great majority of people enjoy this life; they have every opportunity to return to Nature by moving to some God awful backwater but they choose not to. A large discrepancy comes from an apparent misunderstanding of what Ted considers “ideal living.” Many assume he’s suggesting reverting to a lifestyle similar to the Middle Ages. As reiterated in his 2010 novel Technological Slavery, this is not the case.
In a series of studies, researchers found that having either too little or too much free time seemed to drain people’s sense of well-being. Throughout my 38-year career as a writing instructor, I encountered essays and stories that forced me to decide whether the authors might be a threat to themselves or others. But a professor can’t always tell who is dangerous and who is merely trying to be provocative. Some undergraduates write violent, misogynistic prose because that is what they have grown up seeing on TV, in movies, in video games and online porn.