Industrial Society And Its Future Theodore Kaczynski
Is the drive for endless material acquisition really an artificial creation of the advertising and marketing industry? Certainly there is no innate human drive for material acquisition. There have been many cultures in which people have desired little material wealth beyond what was necessary to satisfy their basic physical needs . On the other hand there have also been many pre-industrial cultures in which material acquisition has played an important role. So we can’t claim that today’s acquisition-oriented culture is exclusively a creation of the advertising and marketing industry.
(That each person might have a different concept of that ideal is irrelevant, at least until after the revolution (Cf. Arab Spring)). The entire point is that he did have to kill people to get his message out and, ooops it changed the way we thought about technological culture and our impact on the world. Your argument that “why do they not have articles about them”, well they do, but they didn’t get their manifesto published in a national newspaper in full.
Because at the end of the day if we don’t invent , some other country will and they will use it for evil. I don’t think it’s ‘close minded’ to conclude that if someone concludes the logical consequence of ideas is to become a mail-bombing hermit, the ideas themselves might fall some way short of being a ‘must read for technooptimists’. I also don’t believe that a majority considers it worthwhile, it’s a minority that this line of thought speaks to, and I’m relatively sure that they’d find it appealing even if he hadn’t ever done anything but write books.
But no matter how far the movement has gone in attaining its goals the leftist is never satisfied, because his activism is a surrogate activity . That is, the leftist’s real motive is not to attain the ostensible goals of leftism; in reality he is motivated by the sense of power he gets from struggling for and then reaching a social goal. Consequently the leftist is never satisfied with the goals he has already attained; his need for the power process leads him always to pursue some new goal.
We have already mentioned the use of drugs in this connection. Neurology may provide other avenues for modifying the human mind. Genetic engineering of human beings is already beginning to occur in the form of “gene therapy,” and there is no reason to assume that such methods will not eventually be used to modify those aspects of the body that affect mental functioning.
Many societies in the past have gotten by with little or no formal law enforcement. While the argument does suffer from a range of issues- His idea about autonomy and power process aren’t very academically sound. His solution is also impractical, and his ‘revolution’ a pipe dream. He also has prejudiced ideas about gender and views the left too dimly.