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Without further information, I can’t say for certain how the timber roads that so inflamed his rage fit in that story. But the point is, it’s a dynamic process of working with people, generally, to find solutions, and setting yourself at odds with civilized society by bombing it guarantees failure. His arguments about technology and society don’t make much sense until you recognise how he is using technology as a scapegoat and then it becomes clear his problem is not with technology at all.

When the system becomes sufficiently stressed and unstable, a revolution against technology may be possible. The pattern would be similar to that of the French and Russian Revolutions. French society and Russian society, for several decades prior to their respective revolutions, showed increasing signs of stress and weakness. Meanwhile, ideologies were being developed that offered a new world view that was quite different from the old one. In the Russian case, revolutionaries were actively working to undermine the old order. Then, when the old system was put under sufficient additional stress it was swept away by revolution.

This are large swaths of the population that use amphetamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication just to be able to function on a day-to-day basis. Maybe the problem is not exclusively in the individual, maybe some of this stems from society. “The concept of “mental health” in our society is defined largely by the extent to which an individual behaves in accord with the needs of the system and does so without showing signs of stress.”

Philosophically, nobody should go for it; it’s the solution of throwing up one’s hands and saying “into Nature’s good graces we should go,” and Nature’s graces have never been good. “Red in tooth and claw” is the moniker she tends to carry. He’s in jail, and the course of history has basically gone unchanged. Development, both in the town he was living in and nationwide, has gone on.

F. Schumacher.Its idea of the “disruption of the power process” similarly echoed social critics emphasizing the lack of meaningful work as a primary cause of social problems, including Mumford, Paul Goodman, and Eric Hoffer. Aldous Huxley addressed its general theme in Brave New World, to which Kaczynski refers in his text. Kaczynski’s ideas of “oversocialization” and “surrogate activities” recall Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents and its theories of rationalization and sublimation (a term which Kaczynski uses three times to describe “surrogate activities”). At 35,000 words, Industrial Society and Its Future lays very detailed blame on technology for destroying human-scale communities. Kaczynski contends that the Industrial Revolution harmed the human race by developing into a sociopolitical order that subjugates human needs beneath its own. This system, he wrote, destroys nature and suppresses individual freedom.

Where he sees that the only way to free ourselves is violent reaction to our societal system, I see a chance to manipulate technology with a newfound consciousness and focus on human freedoms. Regardless of my personal disagreements, I strongly encourage any all of humanity to read this eye opening manifesto, and examine a prime example of modern anarcho-primitivist theory. Other techniques strike deeper than the foregoing.

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