Unabomber Condensed “industrial Society And Its Future”
So that the attempt to insure social justice would force them to retain most parts of the technological system. Not that we have anything against social justice, but it must not be allowed to interfere with the effort to get rid of the technological system. More importantly if the revolutionaries permit themselves to have any other goal than the destruction of technology, they will be tempted to use technology as a tool for reaching that other goal. As a matter of strategy one should generally avoid blaming the public. As we stated in paragraph 166, the two main tasks for the present are to promote social stress and instability in industrial society and to develop and propagate an ideology that opposes technology and the industrial system.
In order to save his ideas, he refused to plead for insanity, and instead, admitted to his crimes. Because of this, he is now serving life in solitary confinement at a maximum-security prison in Colorado. It is hard for me to look myself in the mirror and say that society is headed in the most positive direction.
Anti-depressant drugs are one obvious example. Reform is always restrained by the fear of painful consequences if changes go too far. But once a revolutionary fever has taken hold of a society, people are willing to undergo unlimited hardships for the sake of their revolution. If such a relatively simple and obvious problem is eventually solved, it will only be because doing so was in the best interest of our industrial society. Technological society presents a far larger problem than many other problems that we are unable to deal with, and solving that problem would most definitely not be in the best interest of our industrial society.
Primitive INDIVIDUALS and SMALL GROUPS actually had considerable power over nature; or maybe it would be better to say power WITHIN nature. When primitive man needed food he knew how to find and prepare edible roots, how to track game and take it with homemade weapons. He knew how to protect himself from heat, cold, rain, dangerous animals, etc.
If technology survives, humanity will be fully socialized, having made people sufficiently docile so that their behavior no longer threatens the system. Society will be monolithic, or will comprise multiple organizations coexisting with both cooperation and competition. To run the system, a small number of individuals will have power, but very limited, and with very little free choice.
They will never be satisfied until they have complete control over all child rearing practices. Suppose the system survives the crisis of the next several decades. By that time it will have to have solved, or at least brought under control, the principal problems that confront it, in particular that of “socializing” human beings; that is, making people sufficiently docile so that heir behavior no longer threatens the system. The social disruption that we see today is certainly not the result of mere chance. It can only be a result of the conditions of life that the system imposes on people. (We have argued that the most important of these conditions is disruption of the power process.) If the systems succeeds in imposing sufficient control over human behavior to assure its own survival, a new watershed in human history will have been passed.