A Summary Of “industrial Society And Its Future”
Even if the clock is coincidentally correct twice a day how would you know? Without a sound source to tell the time you don’t know if the broken source is telling the correct time even when it is. Kaczynski’s manifesto functions primarily as a rationalization for his violence and anger. Certainly as a case study in mental illness or domestic terrorism.
Is an American Mathematician, and was while in academia, a genius in his field. However, he became disillusioned with society and instead sought to seek a life living one on one with nature. He lived this way for several years – watching society encroach his small sanctuary. Eventually he realized that his life in the wild was unsustainable – society was expanding too quickly and would destroy it. The other half of the manifesto is a screed against technology and a cry for freedom. Freedom is an ultimate good for him and technology stands in its way.
This is a significant question to which historians ought to give their attention. The more dangerous leftists, that is, those who are most power-hungry, are often characterized by arrogance or by a dogmatic approach to ideology. These crypto-leftists approximate certain bourgeois types as far as practical action is concerned, but differ from them in psychology, ideology and motivation. The ordinary bourgeois tries to bring people under control of the system in order to protect his way of life, or he does so simply because his attitudes are conventional. The crypto-leftist tries to bring people under control of the system because he is a True Believer in a collectivistic ideology. The crypto-leftist is differentiated from the average leftist of the oversocialized type by the fact that his rebellious impulse is weaker and he is more securely socialized.
All significant decisions therefore affect large numbers of people, none of whom individually have any significance in the process. The best that the system can do is to use propaganda to make people feel that the system has made the decision that they themselves wanted. To function, the system has not choice but to regulate human behaviour.
Even worse, bad technology that hasn’t even been developed or added to the system yet can’t be stopped. Genetic engineering can be used for massive evil, but legislating laws and providing ethical and moral codes to the field will only make it worse. Will society decide to use the process to destroy what it arbitrarily considers to be bad genes, such as green eyes or dislike of mathematics? The answer is that society will allow whatever is consistent with the needs of the … system. Technological society depends on ever increasing uniformity and control. Any changes to this trend would either be small and soon irrelevant, or be large enough to permanently change society, with major unpredictable consequences, and thus not politically acceptable.
It is true that in many societies religion has served as a support and justification for the established order, but it is also true that religion has often provided a basis for rebellion. Thus it may be useful to introduce a religious element into the rebellion against technology, the more so because Western society today has no strong religious foundation. The nearest thing to a strong, widespread, dynamic religion that the West has seen in recent times has been the quasi-religion of leftism, but leftism today is fragmented and has no clear, unified, inspiring goal.