Tag Archives: Ted Kaczynski

Corrections

“Therefore, we put our hope in you, Adonai our God, to soon see the glory of your strength, to remove all idols from the Earth, and to completely cut off all false gods; to repair the world.” After crossing “the barrier” (III), one has the feeling of being reborn. It is a totally new phase […]

On My Great Wisdom and Abundant Social Life

I. So much tension released. I feel I’ve been punching a bag with weights on my hands this whole time, and now that they’ve been taken off I’m left standing amazed, a little horrified, feebly saying “Woah.” II. I feel a little bit had. The realization that I’ve been more than just my own experiment […]

Oh…

I “Compared with the man who has tradition on his side and needs no reasons for his actions, the free spirit is always weak, especially in his actions. For he knows too many motives and standpoints, and is therefore uncertain, awkward. By what means, then, can he be made relatively strong, so that he can […]

Misc. Notes on Misc. Notes

I I fear that some of my readers will run too far with my idea of a viral “psychotherapeutic method” (“Misc. Notes,” IV). I can only reiterate what I’ve stated before (“On My Ignorance and Isolation“) — these are notes. I only make them public because of an inextricable dependence on an audience to sort […]

Letters: Ted Kaczynski to David Skrbina (Oct 2004)

For the endnotes to these letters, please refer to the PDF of Technological Slavery. You can also view HTML versions of all correspondence between David Skrbina and Ted Kaczynski, as well as all the texts in the book. I.‪ I’ll begin by summarizing some information from Martin E.P. Seligman, Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death. […]

A Critique of Repent to the Primitive

Problems in Repent to the Primitive The basic anti-industrial critique — of Freud, of Kaczynski, of Mumford, of Illich, of Shepard — is that industrial society does not adequately satisfy human needs. I argue as much in Repent to the Primitive, outlining the following basic argument: Human beings (and perhaps nonhumans) possess a will with […]

A Critique of the Concept of “the System”

Ted Kaczynski (TK) repeatedly writes that a revolutionary movement needs an enemy. Variously he names the enemy as “modern technology,” “the industrial system,” “the techno-industrial system,” just “the system,” and, in addition to one of the foregoing, “the technician class.” But these terms are vague or unintuitive, they confuse the enemy of a revolutionary movement […]

A Critique of the Concept of “Leftism”

Note: Here I will not completely explain the concept of “leftism” as Ted Kaczynski uses it. Readers of this essay should instead refer to “Industrial Society and Its Future” (especially paragraphs 6-32, 83, 213-232) and “Izquierdismo” by Último Reducto. These pieces should provide the requisite knowledge for following this critique. Two Meanings of Leftism Theorists […]

A Critique of the Nomadic Hunter / Gatherer Ideal

Contradictions in the Reasoning Ted Kaczynski (TK) suggests a nomadic hunter/gatherer (NHG) ideal, because, he claims, a movement needs a positive ideal as much as it needs an enemy. On the other hand, he says that it would be impossible to control post-collapse conditions and in fact imagines that agriculture will inevitably arise where the […]