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Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, a.k.a. "The Unabomber" Paperback


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932595805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932595802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What the Unabomber did was reprehensible. And he was wrong: Killing people to bring attention to his ideas ended up making most people lock up his ideas, along with him. They became unmentionable, for politically correct folks. Well, I would rather be correct, than politically correct. And it is time for people to read "Industrial Society and its Future",? by convicted serial killer Ted Kaczynski. His work, despite his deeds, deserves a place alongside Brave New World,by Aldous Huxley, and 1984?by George Orwell." --Dr. Keith Ablow, Fox News

About the Author

Theodore John Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, is a mathematician and social critic who carried out a campaign of mail bombings. An intellectual child prodigy, Kaczynski received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. Dr. David Skrbina, who wrote the introduction, teaches philosophy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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Theodore J. Kaczynski attended Harvard University, received a PhD in mathematics from the the University of Michigan, taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and then moved to Montana where he attempted to live a self-sufficient life. Called a "domestic terrorist" and the "Unabomber" by the FBI, Kaczynski was convicted for illegally mailing bombs, resulting in the deaths of three people and the injury of 23 others. He now serves a life sentence in the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

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Hopefully, you will begin thinking more and reacting less.
J. MCMILLAN
For those with the intellectual courage to separate the ideas in this book from the man and his atrocious bombings, this is an extremely thought provoking book.
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I was somewhat intrigued but what exactly I would find when reading this book.
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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Lydia L. Eccles on June 15, 2010
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Technological Slavery starts off with "Industrial Society and It's Future", the notorious 35,000-word essay that was published in the New York Times and The Washington Post on September 19, 1995 in accordance with a demand letter from "FC" which promised to cease its 17 year anti-technology bombing campaign in exchange for verbatim publication of the Manifesto in a major newspaper. The Manifesto begins, "The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race" and goes on to call for revolution against the industrial-technological system. Although he eluded the FBI for 17 years, Ted Kaczynski was arrested in April 3, 1996 after his brother read the Manifesto and tipped off the UNABOM task force. Kaczynski is now serving a life sentence in the Federal Supermax in Florence, Colorado.

It's good to reread the Unabomber Manifesto fifteen years later --during the BP catastrophe, it's downright therapeutic-- and to reflect on how many of Kaczynski's predictions about the evolving technological system are coming true (I'm thinking especially of the intensity of genetic engineering efforts and the increasing power of the psychiatric drugging/mood management industry). During these 15 years global warming caused by the Industrial Revolution has developed from a tentative theory into a widely-acknowledged reality threatening human survival. Kaczynski argues that "technological progress is carrying us to inevitable disaster", but unlike environmentalists, the disaster he most fears is the destruction of human dignity and freedom, as rapidly developing physical, psychological, chemical, genetic and artificial intelligence techniques are applied to humans to engineer us to satisfy the ever-more stringent specialization and control requirements of a complex social system.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. MCMILLAN on November 2, 2010
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Mahatma Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye and soon the world is blind." I began reading Technological Slavery thinking that Kaczynski was blinded by rage. In fact, the first several pages (not the intro) only reinforced that opinion. But Kaczynski develops thought systematically, like a brick layer developing a building. One concept brick at a time added to a solid foundation of explained statements. He refers to one's loss of power and loss of control. Esther Sternberg, an immunologist and author, refers to "stress" in society resulting from the media, technology, the Internet, a constant connection with cell phones. And she refers back to George M. Beard who, in the 1880, said a principal cause of nervousness in modern civilization was from the telegraph, steam railroads, the press, and the sciences.

These references are not in Kaczynski's book, and they serve to demonstrate that his concerns with technology are not original. What is original is his understanding of the depth of the problem on our psyche. Also original is his seeming hopelessness about our ability to solve it. In that sense, the book is depressing. I do not want to and will not and hope I will never be able to condone such acts of violence. I didn't understand the bombing of military draft centers in the cause of peace. I do not understand the shooting of abortion doctors in the name of human life's sanctity. I just don't "get it."

But, after reading Kaczynski's book, you will, hopefully, "get" his concerns with technology. Hopefully, you will be less slavish to it. Hopefully, you will begin thinking more and reacting less. Hopefully, you will find better things to do with your money than to eagerly throw it toward the latest upgrade of some device you didn't much need the last upgrade for anyway. And hopefully, in the social environment we all share that is degraded much by technology, you will manage anyhow to remain social, somewhat in control and strongly anti-terrorist.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David M. Mundy on February 20, 2011
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This book looks oddly like a bomb when sitting on my coffee table! Once I got over that surprise, I was pleasantly surprised by the writings contained inside.
When reading the writings of Ted Kaczynski, it becomes obvious the man was intelligent and has a lot to say about our world's society. Mr Kaczynski writes about subjects such as ........

**Technology bringing us down the road of disaster. (pollution,slave-labor,etc)
**Primitive tribes & modern ones are compared to illustrate many of his beliefs.
**He gives many methods for opposing the "techno-industrial" world system.

The book is not entertaining to read.... but it is THOUGHT-PROVOKING. Most people are not interested in thinking, they only want to be entertained, as Mr. Kaczynski says on page 226, "Most people have no attitude about technology because they never bother to think about technology."

The thoughts of the author on subjects such as LEFTISM, FREEDOM, and CONTROL of human behavior in the 1st 100 pages are worth the price of the book. It is a total of more than 400 pages -- all equally interesting. The book might have been more readable if it had some pictures, drawings, and more chapter titles to break-up the text a little. Ted Kazynsky is not trying to entertain us in this book. He is trying to get the un-thinking public to see his viewpoints.

The introduction explains that prisoners have no right to profit from prison by writing or painting etc.... and maybe rightfully so... But they should have the right to express their opinions. They state that NO MONEY from this book goes to Ted Kaczynski. After reading his book, I am very glad he had the opportunity to express his opinions. More people should pay attention to what he has to say.
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