Conventional Culture and Potential

Industrial Society And Its Future

Thinking about the widespread use of GPS, he must wonder whether anyone realizes that following illuminated maps to get where you are going actually erodes your real sense of direction—on highways and, perhaps, in life. He saw the political “left” as embracing these technologies with special fervor, because they were in keeping with the “leftist” ideology that centralized power was the way to govern men. Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, was rightly imprisoned for life in 1998 for sending bombs that maimed and killed three people and injured 23 more, from 1978 to 1992. The kind of revolution we have in mind will not necessarily involve an armed uprising against any government. It may or may not involve physical violence, but it will not be a POLITICAL revolution. Its focus will be on technology and economics, not politics .

Or Will Kaczynski as you say be more like John brown, while the real decisive impact will be made by those that actually organize and lead. Organized NIMBY campaigns, including campaigns containing a part of illegal land occupation but no part of mailing package bombs to individuals, have shut down all manner of development, including both nuclear power plants and oil pipelines. There is alot of talk about surrogate activities and a presumption that everyone yearns to be goal oriented and replace physical goals (seeking food, shelter, etc.) with artificial goals. I think it can be argued most people tend to be apathetic more so then goal oriented .

Certainly there will be many people (power-hungry types espeeially) who will be anxious to get the factories running again. To start with, there are the techniques of surveillance. Hidden video cameras are now used in most stores and in many other places, computers are used to collect and process vast amounts of information about individuals. Information so obtained greatly increases the effectiveness of physical coercion (i.e., law enforcement). Then there are the methods of propaganda, for which the mass communication media provide effective vehicles.

The individual has only those technological powers with which the system chooses to provide him. But an ideology, in order to gain enthusiastic support, must have a positive ideals well as a negative one; it must be FOR something as well as AGAINST something. That is, WILD nature; those aspects of the functioning of the Earth and its living things that are independent of human management and free of human interference and control.

While absorbed in television, videos, etc., he can forget stress, anxiety, frustration, dissatisfaction. Many primitive peoples, when they don’t have work to do, are quite content to sit for hours at a time doing nothing at all, because they are at peace with themselves and their world. But most modern people must be constantly occupied or entertained, otherwise they get “bored,” i.e., they get fidgety, uneasy, irritable. Drugs that affect the mind are only one example of the new methods of controlling human behavior that modern society is developing. Of course, more than 20 years ago, when Ted Kaczynski mailed out what would come to be known as the “Unabomber Manifesto,” it was huge news.

If the system fails, we will suffer, but not nearly as much as if the system continues to grow. A revolution is needed to overthrow the system that controls us. It might be a gradually peaceful revolution or a sudden violent one, but it will not be a political revolution. Long-term trends in history are inherently stable and co-dependent. Small changes to these trends are transitory, while changes large enough to be permanent are unpredictable and affect far more than the one trend. It follows that an undesirable trend cannot be corrected, only destroyed, and with no possibility of predicting what will replace it.

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