Industrial Society and Its Future

“The industrial revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race” is the famous opening line for Kaczynski’s Industrial Society and its future. I’ve heard this line before and tend to agree with its sentiment, but I did not know it came from the mind of a terrorist. In fact, I had never even heard of the Unabomber or his infamous crimes. A lot of this text doesn’t seem to inspire such terrible acts, and much of the intro is just slandering leftism.

I think it’s interesting how Kaczynski developed these ideas before the widespread use of the internet when it got arguably much worse. Today’s advancements in the online sense have been refined to increase productivity, distract from the problems of the world, pump out propaganda, and destroy the attention span of children. I think, even though I disagree with a lot of what Kaczynski says, especially politically, his ideas have the potential to be sane. Unfortunately, this became impossible after he assassinated 3 innocent people and severely injured many others. It makes sense why he carried out these acts, however, because without doing so his manifesto would probably be largely ignored.

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