Ted Kaczynski: A Mad Man or A Genius Ahead of His Time
Theodore “Ted” John Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is considered an anarchist in the Anarcho-primitivism sect, currently serving 8 consecutive life sentences for the 16 bombings he carried out from 1978-1995. He wrote what the media dubbed the Unabomber Manifesto, or as Ted called it Industrial Society and Its Future, a 35,000 word essay arguing against the Industrial revolution and what it has caused society to become.
Given his background I can see why someone would write him and his writing off as just a mad mans rantings but some of his arguments can definitely been seen as true today. For example his ideas on gene editing were cutting edge as in ’95 scientists were only just beginning to toy with that idea. But of course some of his ideas are out there specifically the idea that we can’t reform society we just need to revolt and start over.
Overall his reading is a-lot more stable than many of the other readings, such as DeSade or the SCUM manifesto, we have read aside from the fact that he killed 3 and injured 23 individuals. However had he not committed those crimes it’s likely that this whole writing would have flown under the radar. I definitely don’t think this is in my top 5 must keep due to its limited incendiary value. I would much rather spend more time on another reading or substitute another text.