Industrial Society And Its Future
Which has to lend credence to my suspicion that a lot of the content in this manifest was really about his personal issues and not an intellectuals response to an industrial-technological society. Perhaps we should be doing more to ignore incumbent politicians and those with decision-making authority in the police/military, as a matter of basic freedom. If these folks care to advocate for their preferred policies, they can do so in a context where they’re not actively participating in state-led violence.
Wherever leftism is in a position of power it tends to invade every private corner and force every thought into a leftist mold. In part this is because of the quasi-religious character of leftism; everything contrary to leftist beliefs represents Sin. More importantly, leftism is a totalitarian force because of the leftists’ drive for power. The leftist seeks to satisfy his need for power through identification with a social movement and he tries to go through the power process by helping to pursue and attain the goals of the movement .
Many societies in the past have gotten by with little or no formal law-enforcement. Thus the fact that many individual leftists are personally mild and fairly tolerant people by no means prevents leftism as a whole form having a totalitarian tendency. In earlier revolutions, leftists of the most power-hungry type, repeatedly, have first cooperated with non-leftist revolutionaries, as well as with leftists of a more libertarian inclination, and later have double-crossed them to seize power for themselves. Robespierre did this in the French Revolution, the Bolsheviks did it in the Russian Revolution, the communists did it in Spain in 1938 and Castro and his followers did it in Cuba. Given the past history of leftism, it would be utterly foolish for non-leftist revolutionaries today to collaborate with leftists. Because of their need for rebellion and for membership in a movement, leftists or persons of similar psychological type often are unattracted to a rebellious or activist movement whose goals and membership are not initially leftist.
We think the issue will most likely be resolved within the next several decades, say 40 to 100 years. All of the earlier part of his thesis applies to technology that existed at the time. The later passages speculate on future developments – ones which are emerging right now. However because humans have a basic need to be autonomous and to achieve difficult goals, this creates a vacuum – and the result is increasing mental ill health, depression, domestic violence and frustration. In his dystopian view modern conditions cause depression, but instead of removing the symptoms sufferers are dosed with antidepressant drugs. At his trial, much to Kaczynski’s anger, his own defence team argued that he was insane – presumably to save him from the death penalty.
Reading the text for the purpose of determining whether it is sound will be futile exercise and a waste of time. In the same way that reading Harry Potter as a religious text would be wrong (not morally/ethically/politically/etc. wrong per se, but rather simply and plainly wrong in the sense that a literary analysis can be incorrect). There is understanding to be had from reading the manifesto but its not understanding on the subject of technology and society.
Well, I would rather be correct, than politically correct. And it is time for people to read “Industrial Society and its Future,” by convicted serial killer Ted Kaczynski. His work, despite his deeds, deserves a place alongside “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley, and “1984,” by George Orwell.