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Industrial Society and Its Future

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  724 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published 1995
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Apr 05, 2009 Laura added it
I hope that the FBI knows that I was just curious.
Cooper Cooper
Jul 28, 2009 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).
Ted K’s argument goes something like this:

*Man is dehumanized and disempowered by the complexity of civilizatio
Feb 09, 2008 Niina rated it it was amazing
Every word hits home. This was over 10 years ago, and look at the world now...
Jul 13, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it

It would be unfair and naive to review the Industrial Society and Its Future without also at least mentioning the author.

Ted K. is an American Mathematician, and was while in academia, a genius in his field. However, he became disillusioned with society and instead sought to seek a life living one on one with nature. He lived this way for several years - watching society encroach his small sanctuary. Eventually he realized that his life in the wild was unsustainable - society was expanding too
Aug 22, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Many reviews have already summarized Ted's main points so I won't repeat them here. Rather I would like to clarify assumptions made by both the author and the reviewers.

A large discrepancy comes from an apparent misunderstanding of what Ted considers "ideal living." Many assume he's suggesting reverting to a lifestyle similar to the Middle Ages. As reiterated in his 2010 novel Technological Slavery, this is not the case. The Middle Ages involved serfs laboring vigorously in agriculture to not on
Muneel Zaidi
The "Final Note" on paragraph 231 is very important for this reading, and I suggest that it be the prologue, not epilogue. Readers should start there, then goto paragraph one if they feel it is worth their time. Here's a quote that summarizes that paragraph well:

"Throughout this article we've made imprecise statements that ought to have had all sorts of qualifications and reservations attached to them; and some of our statements may be flatly false".

It's refreshing to hear an author point out
Aaron Crofut
May 15, 2011 Aaron Crofut rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
Just skimmed through the Unabomber Manifesto. Rather amusing, actually. Same problem as Rousseau, but rather than attempting to fix society, he opts to burn it all to the ground and go back to Nature.

Not all that dissimilar from the Occupy people, really.

I do have to give him small props for having an argument at all. Society creates people with too much time, which leads to psychological complexes and unhappiness. He (rightly) rejects the social engineer's claim that they can "fix" society. W
Ian Madewell
Mar 31, 2013 Ian Madewell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I personally disagree with a variety of statements and arguments made by Theodore, I admire his willpower and cold determination in regards to his beliefs.Theodore writes with great urgency, for the ideas and associated fears he bears are dire. Mr Kaczynski theorizes that technological growth will inevitably lead to the diminishing of the rights of the individual. While I do agree with this central idea, idea I disagree with his reaction. Where he sees that the only way to free ourselves i ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Nguyễn rated it really liked it
what impressed me is how he covered every problem of modern society, from the over sensitive leftists, to how the system silently enforces rules over individuals. he met me at the point where we both think there is no way to peacefully reform or 'fix' the system.
while it's interesting to read through this whole manifesto, it seems to have many weak points where he over simplified the problems and the reasons. it's more of that way toward the end.
i wanted to write a long review citing many of my
Amazingly insightful and surprisingly well written. Definitely don't think that the ends justify the means and can't help wishing he had taken a few short more years to write this manifesto. Had he used his own uncanny foresight on on our rapidly advancing technological society and waited a little longer, his ends could have come to fruition via much less violent means (self-publishing, etc) than it did. One wonders though, without in any way trivializing the heinousness of the tragedies he infl ...more
Feb 12, 2008 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best piece of literature ever written. By my boyfriend. Teddy. Contains a chapter titled: Why Revolution is Easier Than Reform. Indeed.
May 16, 2008 Barton rated it it was ok
neo-Luddite... That sums it up.
Rui Coelho
Jun 01, 2015 Rui Coelho rated it liked it
An interesting book. I would recommend it to anyone interested on the origins of anti-civ thought.

- Kaczynski's analysis of the human costs of modernity
- In many ways this book antecipates the anti-civ discourse
- The general lines of his strategy remain relevant (though the details don't)

- Outdated. Is thought is mostly concerned with "disciplinary societies" (western 1920s-60s) so, in fact, it was already way out of date when it was first published in 1995.
- His anti-leftist obsession
Jun 01, 2008 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yea so the guy went a bit to far, the ideas he presented in this work (the full version, unlike the ones published in the newpapers), show a man of compassion(?) fed up with the direction he believed the world was heading and wishing to make things better. It has been said the extreme makes an impression, and while I do believe what he did was wrong, I can not question the idea's for which he did them.
Asa Wilder
Jul 03, 2016 Asa Wilder rated it did not like it
I really tried to give this a fair shot cause I generally agree with the UNABOMBER that technological advancements have made modern life boring and stupid, but YEESH. They should teach this in school to illustrate the dangers of unchecked MANSPLAINING. Who woulda thought locking yourself away in a cabin for decades would make you an insufferable asshole?
Jun 26, 2008 Christokeil marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This will probably put me on an FBI watchlist.
Dec 26, 2011 Elly added it
Shelves: philosophy
"...And today's society tries to socialize us to a greater extent than any previous society. We are even told by experts how to eat, how to exercise, how to make love, how to raise our kids and so forth."

"Modern society is in certain respects extremely permissive. In matters that are irrelevant to the functioning of the system we can generally do what we please. We can believe in any religion we like (as long as it does not encourage behavior that is dangerous to the system). We can go to bed wi
Jul 06, 2013 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaczynski believes that freedom and technological society are deeply incompatible. Technology after all demands a powerful centralized social system, and such a system must restrict freedoms of the individual. When he says we lack freedom he doesn't mean it in the conventional sense (the rights in the United States Constitution for example). Rather he defines freedom as the ability to go through what he calls the "power process": an individual's ability to set a meaningful goal, work at it, and ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Šarlo added it
The main problem I have is with Kaczynski usage of the term "power", that is, the power process. Specifically, he understands it as an axiom for a fulfilling human life / fulfilling a human life, which I cannot consider an absolute truth once the individual is successfully outside of the system (or industrial society), whereas the author never even touches on the potential topic of freeing oneself from the power process. Before I get disapproved for being a bit, erm, irrelevant, I did not make a ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
I was assigned a case study on Ted Kaczynski for my final paper in my abnormal psych class so I figured his manifesto would be a pretty good place to start. The entire time I was reading it I kept waiting for the sh*t to hit the fan and get totally crazy, but it never did. For the most part I was really in to this and found myself genuinely interested in a number of the ideas that he brought about. The bits on then power process/surrogate goals and activities were pretty interesting, as were the ...more
Murat G.
May 26, 2016 Murat G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ekitap-pdf
Önce yazarın bu hikayesini okuyun derim;

Hikaye ilginizi çektiyse, bu manifestoyu da netten aratıp okuyabilirsiniz.

Yazarın teşhislerini doğru buluyor, tanılarını büyük oranda onaylıyor, tedavi önerisini ise gerçekçi ve olası bulmuyorum.

Manifesto boyunca yazardan beklediğim çözüm daha kolaydı: Dünya Savaşı ya da büyük bir salgın sonrası Dünya nufüsunun 4'te 1'ine falan düşmesi.

Farklı okumaları ve düşünceleri de tetikleyebilecek, bu yüzden okunması gerekli bir kit
You say you want a rev-oooo-lu-tion... The Freedom Club (aka Ted Kaczynski's) manifesto is provocative, arrogant, insightful and from what I can tell, somewhat plagiarized from a variety of reputable enviro-anarchists. Anyway, what kind of asshole mails a pipe bomb to a university in order to gain media exposure?
Feb 09, 2009 Trey added it
Shelves: political
An interesting and incredibly thoughtful little treatise, but I think he's misguided in assuming that technology MUST be a downfall. Surely we can find a way to harness our learning and industry to improve our quality of life as well as the health of our environment...even if we're not really 100% dedicated to that premise at this point in our history.
Daniel Munro
Apr 21, 2012 Daniel Munro rated it really liked it
While written by a disturbed human being, he raises some ethical issues that should be something society is aware of: mans dependence on technology, modern medicine, and the system of education we use.

The authors solution was to overthrow the system and return to an agrarian society to maintain a healthy population and lifestyle. This plan is endorsed by those who have never set foot on a farm.
Nicole Koob
Aug 01, 2011 Nicole Koob rated it liked it
I agree with most of the things he has to say but he pretty much just keeps repeating things over and over to the point where you want to tell him to shut the hell up. He basically just rants about the problems with society but offers few solutions. I also thought the fact that he pretended to be a group of people was pretty childish.
Ganglion Bard-barbarian
A fascinating insight into the psychology of a desperate and alienated third positionist. Not for the impressionable-minded. Interesting ideas, but all and all a part of the desert of politics.
Sep 01, 2011 Antiloquax rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, revolution
Essential reading for all who want to destroy civilization as we know it. He explains why!
Sep 26, 2007 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I'm going to be on some sort of FBI list...
Dec 27, 2009 Jonathon rated it really liked it
Kaczynski argues for nature and a return to natural ways but cant it be argued technology and technological progress is natural in of itself? If there is a return to nature do we persecute those with technology advancing ideas EX: Witch hunts. Wouldnt we in large be putting self restraints on our own freedom of thought? If this is true Kaczynskis contradicts the arguemnt of freedom because if one is free they have freedom to think up new technologies to better life. Where is the line drawn on ac ...more
Aamil Syed
Nov 27, 2013 Aamil Syed rated it really liked it
Shelves: 130-challenge
All of 150 pages, but one hell of an essay! He falters in a lot of places where he loses control and rants madly, but when he is coherent, he is really very sharp. His observations are quite spot on and he does seem to have seen through the charade that is the modern civilization.

I started reading this book just because I was curious about the mind of a serial murderer. Ted (aka The Unabomber) is after all, a convict who has been incarcerated for the murder of 3 people and injuring several other
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