Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Creator: John ‘Ted’ Kaczynski is also known as the Unabomber is most famous for engaging in a mail bombing campaign in the US from 1978 to 1995.

Purpose: The Unabomber Manifesto is titled ‘Industrial Society and its Future’ and it speaks to the “erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organisation.” (Wikipedia)

The Unabomber Manifesto


(Opening Sentence only of the Five Points in the Introduction)

1 The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.

2 The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down.

3 If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful.

4 We therefore advocate a revolution against the industrial system.

5 In this article we give attention to only some of the negative developments that have grown out of the industrial-technological system.

The Manifesto contains 232 Points in Total

Here are the headings within the Manifesto

  • The psychology of modern leftism
  • Feelings of inferiority
  • Oversocialization
  • The power process
  • Surrogate activities
  • Autonomy
  • Sources of social problems
  • Disruption of the power process in modern society
  • How some people adjust
  • The motives of scientists
  • The nature of freedom
  • Some principles of history
  • Industrial-technological society cannot be reformed
  • Restriction of freedom is unavoidable in industrial society
  • The ‘bad’ parts of technology cannot be separated from the ‘good’ parts
  • Technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom
  • Simpler social problems have proved intractable
  • Revolution is easier than reform
  • Control of human behavior
  • Human race at a crossroads
  • Human suffering
  • The future
  • Strategy
  • Two kinds of technology
  • The danger of leftism
  • Final note


Complete Manifesto: http://cyber.eserver.org/unabom.txt

About Ted Kaczynski: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski


17 thoughts on “Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto”

  1. Well, it looks like ole Ted is going to be validated. He was a man before the times, even if he was scary.

    1. I see him as no different or no worse ta any other Revolutionary. America’s Foundrs included. I don’t say that to laud him, but too many peopel seem to forget tht all Revolutionaries are essentially terrorists who killed people.

      1. Agreed. The people who signed the US Declaration of Independence committed an act of treason at the time they did that. Now we view them as heroes.

  2. Ted was right, he is a hero who languishes in prison, how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?

    1. Ted was right in what he wrote, not in what he did and he CERTAINLY is NO hero!! He should have probably deserved a death sentence.

      1. I believe in his prophetic industrial technology idiology. However, in the way it was carried out was not going to stop man’s romance with dominant behavior. If you analyze it today would you disagree that he was right in theory but not his actions.

  3. Any “thinking” person that actually reads his articles can see that he is correct in the points he makes and as time goes on it is proven more and more. I don’t agree with the way he tried to get his point across. I hate group violence (for ANY reason) but don’t condone his type of individual violence either. For the violent acts and murders that he committed he needs to be where he is and perhaps should have been executed for what he did, but just because he tried to get his point across in the wrong way that doesn’t make what he wrote and thought invalid. Just as Adolph Hitler was wrong in the war that he fought, he still did some amazing things to pull his country out of a depression worse than the US had ever seen. If his mind had been right he would have become one of the greatest leaders of his century. I certainly don’t admire him nor condone anything he did but I do admire what he COULD have done and become if he could have kept his megalomania in check, he could have become a great leader, and was…for a short time. That’s why he won Time’s Man Of The Year, why Churchill commended and lauded his leadership, unfortunately his “greatness” didn’t last long.
    Just because Ted fought his war in the wrong way doesn’t mean what he thought or said was wrong. People who say what he wrote was a bunch of crap are only saying that because of what he ended up doing, kind of like the leftists that he wrote about in his manifesto, people that want to conform so much to society that they are afraid to believe some things because it’s “just not right thinking”. Like the white person that hates racism so much they will go overboard to PROVE they are not racist (wannabe’s) to the point where they hate their own race thus becoming the racist they hate.

  4. ted is an incredibly bright man. maybe he did ‘horrible’ things and stuff, but that guy was kinda mistreated when he was 16y.o… (i know that cause although im 11y.o. ive seen the film) he was a ‘guinea pig’ in an experiment with the CIA.

  5. I will honestly admit. I agree with much of what Ted Kaczynski wrote of. Though while his writing may be brilliant, and I see his prophecies coming to past; I can separate the academic genius from the monster he became. His writings will never excuse what he did. Human life is precious. Those who disregard that are nothing but monsters. I can empathize with the experiences that created the monster, that doesn’t change the fact he is a serial killer with no regard for human life. No remorse, no sympathy, even animals show remorse, he did not. He is no hero, intelligent yes, far seeing yes, but that will never make him a hero. He was a coward with how he fought his war. Choosing instead to cause death and violence against those he never laid eyes upon. He could have fought for his ideals in the halls of academia, instead he chose the crude ways of short sighted violence, causing death and insurmountable pain to those who survived . Ted Kaczynski was a genius. A brilliant man who lcould gave become a great man, but he let anger and vengeance against imaginary slights, and wrongs shape him into a monster. A monster that should have been executed long ago, for his premeditated acts of murder and violence against his fellow man.

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