I read a blog article recently that suggested maybe the Unabomber was right:
This caused enough interest that I looked up his manifesto and read it, really read it:
Now, anybody who reads the first little bit is going to see an attack on leftism and if they have a leftist bent they will likely turn off. Keep reading though, and the Unabomber has little sympathy for the right. He’s not really politically classifiable as left or right, IMO.
He’s also not a very good writer, so it’s not like it’s an easy or a fun read. Have you ever read the whole manifesto?
The basic theme is that technology and technological societies ultimately serve themselves and aren’t necessarily good things for the individuals in them. They increase suffering rather than decrease it.
I diverge from the Unabomber with the conclusion that we need to chuck the whole thing. He argues that small changes don’t take, only big ones do, but I think he fails to account for the idea that society evolves and in that evolution big changes in course and purpose do occur.
One thing I find interesting is that for something written 20 years ago, it seems remarkably prescient. While I think we will evolve and change as a society, so far the course of society has been moving in the direction that poor mad Ted predicted. It’s been getting more like the thing he feared and hated rather than less. So, so far the Unabomber is right.
“Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes