Known infamously as The Unabomber, Ted was a gifted child. Finding a love for mathematics at a very young age, he went on to get a PhD at Michigan – his thesis on boundary functions was commented on by a member of his dissertation committee saying: “I would guess that maybe 10 or 12 men in the country understood or appreciated it.”, his publications caught the eye of Berkley where he went on to teach. But this great academic life ran parrallel to a social inability, introverted, Ted found solace in himself. As a child he was distant and cold. The only other thing to catch Ted was nature and being outdoors, this would be the basis of his philosophy – personified later when he adopted a survivalist lifestyle in the woods outside of Montana. During his times at Universities he stayed out of all the activism happening at the time showing no signs of strong feelings towards politics.
But then came the attacks and the infamous manifesto…
Kaczynskib believed in a sort of anarcho-primitivism, living for yourself with no technology, and no money. Without a price-system (economy) his view can’t be put into the left-right wing spectrum, but interestingly another system without an economy advocates the opposite – extensive technology use in a collectivist manner:
The Technocracy Technate Design
In short, it is the social movement from the 1930’s related to energy accounting. It’s founders, Howard Scott (engineer) and Marion King Hubbert (geoscientist) created the Technical Alliance which did a range of research projects in energy accounting accross North America. They later founded Technocracy Inc which was where the idea came to fruition. It was popular with the scientifically inclined and thus it’s not suprising that it interested Albeirt Einstien, who met with Technocrats a few times to learn more.
Technocracy, assessing humans as energy consumption machines, aims to balance resources used with the energy cost of making those resources – creating abundance. Also using technology to free the people of the majority of labour and social stresses of competition in a monetary system. So while socialism and free market can be seen as two sides of the same coin, these two can be seen as two sides of the same cog.
Here are a few interesting differences:
|Unabomber Manifesto||Technocracy Study Course|
|“There is no way of reforming or modifying the system so as to prevent it from depriving people of dignity and autonomy.”||Government||“All philosophic concepts of human equality, democracy, and political economy have upon examination been found totally lacking and unable to contribute any factors of design for a Continental technological control.”|
|“The system does not and cannot exist to satisfy human needs. Instead, it is human behavior that has to be modified to fit the needs of the system. This has nothing to do with the political or social ideology that may pretend to guide the technological system. It is the fault of technology, because the system is guided not by ideology but by technical necessity.”||Technology||(On the rate of production): “While this trend has advanced further in some industries than in others, it is present in all industries, including even the most backwards of them–agriculture. Since the cause for this development, namely, technological improvements, still exists in full force, there can be no doubt that this trend will be continued into the future.”|
|“Freedom is restricted in part by psychological control of which people are unconscious, and moreover many people’s ideas of what constitutes freedom are governed more by social convention than by their real needs.”||Freedom||“It APPEARS to be little realized by those who prate about human liberty that social freedom of action is to a much greater extent determined by the industrial system in which the individual finds himself than by all the legalistic restrictions combined.”|