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

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“Like many of my colleagues, I felt that I could easily have been the Unabomber's next target. He is clearly a Luddite, but simply saying this does not dismiss his argument. . . . As difficult as it is for me to acknowledge, I saw some merit in the reasoning in [Kaczynski’s writing]. I started showing friends the Kaczynski quote from Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Mac ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Feral House (first published 2010)
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The wooly Ted Kaczynski's personal effects were shamelessly sold off in an FBI on–line auction in 2010 and 2011. His typewriter, his tools, a pile of his sunglasses, his infamous hoodie, his axe, his this and his that. Nice little rulers were shown below the items in the photographs so that approximate sizes could be determined. I saw one of his rucksacks for auction but I was hopelessly outbid. The typewriter went for over 20K.

Why did I want the rucksack? Surely not because I like to go hiking
Bob Peru
if he hadn't've killed folks--he'd be a hero.
so i DO NOT CONDONE killing.
but his ideas are more than valid.
Kaczynski is quite a character. His writings are determined and poignant, and albeit his points are valid and clear, I did not manage to fully convert into his thinking. However, his critique on technological society is much needed, and a bit of exaggeration can be necessary to get the point across to the reader. Most interesting part for me was to realize that while our approach to the topic differs a bit, our thinking is eerily similar. The book has a bit too much repetition, but such is often ...more
Cranky, cranky! Who woulda guessed the bomb-building hermit is so grumpy? Guess it shoulda been obvious. Back when they arrested this guy, I thought maybe he was a radical hippie... Turns out he's a right-wing crank!
parts of this book are simply ridiculous and you kind of have to ignore them in order to get to the bits that matter. the author is obviously extremely smart, but people-person he isn't, so some of his conclusions about his fellow humans and their motivations simply don't ring true and rubbed me the wrong way. but what he has to say about technology and the ways in which it is destructive (to the environment, to workers, to people generally who are becoming lazy zombies chained to their i-whatno ...more
It was liberating and intelectually stimulating to read. Apart from the content of the book and well grounded and balanced arguments, I like the literary style of the author. I think Ted Kaczynski formulates his thoughts succinctly, yet is able to present the essence of an issue avoiding pseudo-scientific terms at the same time. What is more, the book may be a starting point for further research and furher thoughts on the issues presented as many arguments were left open to debate.

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While there are occasional nuggets of wisdom and insight into how technology has despoiled the planet and in many ways made our lives worse, not even the author lived a true hunter gatherer lifestyle in the wilderness which his revolution advocated. A great portion of the second half of the book is largely redundant, as it is a collection of responses he makes in letters to various individuals, rehashing his manifesto. It was interesting, at least, learning a great deal about hunter gatherer soc ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Cathi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Technophiles, Green anarchists & Technology buffs
I finally finished reading. Wow, very heavy subject matter. This book challenges the reader to really think outside the proverbial box. Especially fascinating for social science and psychology enthusiasts.
I read this a few years ago. Like others have said, I do not condone TK's actions, but he is an above average writer with some valid points about the darkside of technology. Worth reading.
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