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Theodore Kaczynski (1942–2023)

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Verk av Theodore Kaczynski

Industrisamhällets framtid (1995) 424 exemplar, 10 recensioner
Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How (2016) 83 exemplar, 3 recensioner
The Road to Revolution (2008) 8 exemplar
Ship of Fools 5 exemplar
Colpisci dove più nuoce (2002) 2 exemplar
The Littering Ape 1 exemplar

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The people taking the contrarian position to praise him as a hero are just as concerning as the ones who outright ridicule all he says (like one top review here that just admits "I hate what conservatives believe")

Some of Ted Kaczynski's insights are completely true, and his frequent concessions throughout the book suggest a weirdly reasonable mind, in surreal contrast to the acknowledgement of his reprehensible actions. The ideas are indeed half-baked and intuitively vague, and he's sort-of constantly admitting that, and you can probably counter a lot of what he says if you go into it with that orientation. Still, he presents important points that aren't easily forgotten.

The problem is, just as he says of violent radicals who ruin their own cause by being so abhorrent, his decisions were too anti-social to be reasonable or attractive. Immediately with his murdering and mutilation of only arbitrarily-related peoples that he calls "representational targets", he has alienated and disgusted peoples that may have otherwise fought for a cause such as an "Anti-Tech revolution". Here his displaced rage is revealed, as even the actor Paul Bettany who played Ted in the dramatized Unabomber series said: "Why [target/bomb] [some small business owner], who's a nerd, who's into computers, why do that, why not take down the national grid with all of your brilliance. I think that something else was happening [inside Ted]."

The similar but much more realistic criticisms of technocracy by Ivan Illich are infinitely more appealing, as are (from what I hear) those of Murray Bookchin and Jacques Ellul.

A read of this book is an inadvertent psychological portrait of an isolated, alienated, obliviously traumatized genius who also happened to terrorize the USA with bombs. His mental power became so fixated on his convictions that he took his primitivist (as some have said, eco-fascist(?)) philosophy to its conclusion with violence. It's a harrowing story, something very dark and depressing, acts of evil and supposed reasons behind it to contend with, not to be taken lightly at all.
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jojiswims | 9 andra recensioner | Jul 18, 2024 |
Many consider Ted Kaczynski to be a disturbed person, and he was. The biography at the end is worth reading if you want to gain insight into his personality and what drove him towards his dystopian views and destructive actions.

However, we have problems in society, and while 'The Unabomber' was not a gifted philosopher, he perceived disturbing changes in society.
We captured the messenger because his methods were too destructive. The messages are worth reading.
 
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RajivC | Dec 31, 2023 |
Un libro esplosivo.

Scherzi a parte, quest'ultima lettura che ho fatto del manifesto (ed è la terza) mi ha fatto ragionare su quanto sia incorretto posizionare il caro Teddy insieme con gli anarcoprimitivisti più blasonati: primo perche questo manifesto analizza il mondo con la lente della psicologia più che della sociologia o dell'antropologia, cosa che già lo differenzia dagli altri, ma soprattutto perché la posizione di Kaczynski è veramente più vicina ad un ecofascismo tinto di anarchismo -ecofascismo volontario o meno- che, ok se proprio dovessimo inquadrarlo nel contesto anarco-neoluddista delle sue azioni lascerebbe intendere un egoanarchismo o un anarcoindividualismo, ma prendendo il testo a sé stante sembra di leggere un misto tra Peterson e Evola: conservatorismo radicale, giustificato dalla psicologia. Evviva l'uomo forte perché la sinistra è debole e non vuole la forza, e nella vita la supremazia sugli altri è l'unica cosa che conta... Dove l'ho già sentita questa al di fuori del manifesto?
Ah si, da un fascio.

A parte questo il testo è gradevole, a patto di leggerlo in lingua originale.
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AsdMinghe | 9 andra recensioner | Jun 4, 2023 |
"Uncle Ted", as he is sometimes referred to in certain parts of the web, came to my attention because of his earnest letters, handwritten in meticulous script, in reply to various youths who had entered into unbidden correspondence with him at his prison address. These letters were uploaded and shared to various forums and can be easily searched. Whatever his opinions, they revealed a tidy and fastidious mind which - despite its forced seclusion from the world - had strong opinions on it, and yet did not seek to control or to coerce or brag or deceive, but to instruct. A mind like that is rare indeed, and discovery of its existence made it inevitable that I should read this book, or manifesto, as it is titled.

I was surprised to learn that the book was written while its author was still at liberty. It really reads like a prison book. I thought the author's incarceration explained its ack of citations and cross-referencing. In fairness, the author is open about the book's evident shortcomings: concepts are often mentioned only as general observations, lengthy expositions are undesirable or impractical, the reader must use his own judgement. Etc. Again, one does at times cynically wonder if the author may have welcomed these limitations, which make his task as a writer easier.

The book's strength is the power of its observations. Yes, the industrial revolution has been disastrous for humanity as we know it; things are getting worse; the people ("leftists") who proclaim to make things betters are making it worse; and nothing we could do to change this overall trajectory will have a reasonable prospect of success, or even any predictable result. Perhaps we all know that, deep down. It is another thing to see it plainly and persuasively stated by a convicted murderer who has killed for these beliefs (or so he claims).

Another weakness lies in the book's lack of any plausible solution or alternative to the "industrial technological system". There is none. Most people like it, or think they do. The author's tendency to refer to himself always as "we", or as a member of the "FC" (later said to stand for Freedom Club), when he was probably never anything more than a lone wolf, rings a little of desperation, of subterfuge, and of conceit. Yet these failings are human and the book is not, on balance, grandiose or deluded but intellectual and sane.

It is disjointed but, in certain areas, surprisingly insightful on a psychological level. His descriptions of leftism, and of the power process, are especially perceptive for their time.

A man killed because he wanted his book to be read. I have read his book. The dead lie still. The deed is done. The book offered no solutions but contained some hard truth. Despite his crimes I will remember him, and I may yet read him again: I suspect prison has not diminished him, hence the absence of parole. Possibly he may have matured. The truth may be spoken by a murderer as well as by anyone else. Perhaps even better than some.
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ISBN
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