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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering in the Third World to physical su The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.
They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering in the Third World to physical suffering as well and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in "advanced" countries.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. United States of America. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Industrial Society and Its Future , please sign up. Kaczynski is a wounded mathematician who went off the rails and wrote a sociological dissertation based on his own inability to socialize. He hates the world he was thrown into, could not adapt to, and felt had injured him.
So, like a wounded, narcissistic child, he resorted to violence to get attention for his pain. Why give him any more credit than that? Gold Dust He didn't want attention. He wanted to live alone in peace in the wilderness. But human development in the area made that impossible after a while. He …more He didn't want attention. He was against technology and believed that it was making society worse.
He committed acts of violence to bring attention to the issue, not to himself. See all 4 questions about Industrial Society and Its Future….
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I hope that the FBI knows that I was just curious. View all 10 comments. Jul 28, Cooper Cooper rated it really liked it. I expected this book to be a paranoid rant by a mad dog, but was pleasantly surprised—it is straightforwardly written, under control except for an occasional brief outburst, and carefully though in some cases wrongly reasoned.
By the end of the manifesto I was convinced that Kaczynski is a fanatic but not crazy unless you consider all fanatics crazy—a diagnosis worth considering.
This whole argument is based on a few simple psychological premises: that man can be truly happy only when he is empowered i. Why questionable? For them, to be bogged down exclusively in highly repetitive survival tasks would constitute a form of slavery. In such conditions the small group and the individual tend to be victimized not only by natural calamities sweet Mother Nature!
Historically, to defend themselves such small groups have tended to seek the protection of more powerful groups—which of course leads to precisely the kind of disempowerment bemoaned by Ted K. Typically, crises spawn more rather than less technology as mankind applies brainpower and resources to problem-solving. Not necessarily. And he states that he mailed the bombs not so much to kill off evil technologists as to call attention to his all-important manifesto.
Revolutionaries must be alerted and rallied so that when the crisis comes they will be ready to pounce. How else would he have induced me to write this review or you to read it? I found The Unabomber Manifesto more interesting than I expected. Interesting read.. View all 11 comments. Another gift someone got me, mostly to be funny, but I have this compulsive need to read any book I have so I just wanted to get it over with so I just did today.
It wasn't bad per se and I was certainly amused reading it the whole time. The computer nerd comments were pretty hilarious not going to lie and his obsession with people being allowed to spank their kids was pretty strange. I don't think some of the problems he tried to identify were necessarily wrong but then he just took jumps into Another gift someone got me, mostly to be funny, but I have this compulsive need to read any book I have so I just wanted to get it over with so I just did today.
I don't think some of the problems he tried to identify were necessarily wrong but then he just took jumps into saying we needed to destroy technology because that was the root of the problem and it felt like he didn't justify it completely. It just felt like he ignored everyone else who ever wrote about the trade offs between society and the individual and also he just kind of pretended that Industrialization was just about technology and not also about capitalism but a lot of his critiques seemed similar to Marxist ones?
But then he also ranted about leftists but it sounded like someone a leftist would actually identify as a liberal. Like maybe my own conception of political ideology isn't that great but I know plenty of leftist are more class oriented in their analysis than anything else and it seemed bizarre that he was concentrating on things like feminism and LGBTQ rights as leftist priorities.
Not to say those things havent become integrated into leftist movements as far as I can tell but I do think class still plays a huge role and he never mentions class really. Anyway mostly just amused by reading it, it echos a lot of complaints about modernity that others have brought up but some how he thinks the solution is destruction of technology by any means necessary above anything else. View 1 comment.
Sep 02, Gary Beauregard Bottomley rated it did not like it. The right wing still spouts most of the anti-left rhetoric within this manifesto. I'd say half of the manifesto is an anti-leftist screed and the other is a call for a back-to-nature screed advocating the elimination of technology and the industrial age so we can retain our freedom for the sake of freedom itself. The dribble against 'collectivist' anti-freedom loving leftist who are mostly feminist, 'gayist' he seemed to not like gay rights , and political correctist was no deeper than what one The right wing still spouts most of the anti-left rhetoric within this manifesto.
The dribble against 'collectivist' anti-freedom loving leftist who are mostly feminist, 'gayist' he seemed to not like gay rights , and political correctist was no deeper than what one could read on any of the alt-right blogs today. The leftist won't stop at just putting labels on cigarettes or eliminating spanking they want to take away all of our freedoms he will claim.
I really despised when a teacher would hit me when I was growing up. I, for one, am glad society no longer approves of hitting fellow human beings and by calling it spanking you don't lessen the fact that someone is being hit. Conservatives today long for the good old days when teachers and parents hit people, after all it "builds character" and it didn't do them any harm, and it made them the person they are today.
I hate what conservatives believe. The author's thought on one half of the manifesto meshed into modern conservative thought and had no more depth than what Donald Trump is capable of believing. The manifesto states colleges are a hot bed of collectivist politically correct thought and freedom is squashed by the leftist he uses that word, or socialist, but not democrat or liberal.
It's the typical kind of crap I read in the editorial section of the WSJ on a daily basis. 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. He seemed to me to have a whole lot of over lap with the post "Being and Time" Heidegger on the evils of technology. The author really wants to have created a world like in the TV show I used to watch called "Revolution" where nanobots have destroyed all vestiges of modernity and he wants to do anything that is possible to put us back to his Rousseauian paradise.
One can tell from this document itself that the author is alienated. Also, I'm a mathematician, and it was obvious to me that the author of the manifesto would have been a mathematician it's easy to say that in hindsight and I already knew that he was a mathematician , the way he described things and how he would include mathematics in his analysis was an obvious red flag. I didn't actually read this document.
I listened to it by putting it in to natural read app on my Iphone. I have no idea how any one but an anti-equality, anti-modernity, or a modern day conservative could get anything of value from this Brietbart news like screed against leftist and not even they could get past the complete destruction of technology and modernity for the hypothetical return of the ideal state envisioned by the author. View all 30 comments. Aug 22, Jason rated it it was amazing.
Many reviews have already summarized Ted's main points so I won't repeat them here.
Industrial Society and Its Future
Between and , he killed three people and injured 23 others in an attempt to start a revolution by conducting a nationwide bombing campaign targeting people involved with modern technology. In , Kaczynski moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water near Lincoln, Montana , where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient. He witnessed the destruction of the wilderness surrounding his cabin and concluded that living in nature was untenable; he began his bombing campaign in In , he sent a letter to The New York Times and promised to "desist from terrorism" if the Times or The Washington Post published his essay Industrial Society and Its Future , in which he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom and dignity by modern technologies that require large-scale organization.