Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How

Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How

Theodore J. Kaczynski / Sep 15, 2019

Anti Tech Revolution Why and How There are many people today who see that modern society is heading toward disaster in one form or another and who over recognize technology as the common thread linking the principal dangers that han

  • Title: Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How
  • Author: Theodore J. Kaczynski
  • ISBN: 9781944228002
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • There are many people today who see that modern society is heading toward disaster in one form or another, and who over recognize technology as the common thread linking the principal dangers that hang over us The purpose of this book is to show people how to begin thinking in practical, grand strategic terms about what must be done in order to get our society off There are many people today who see that modern society is heading toward disaster in one form or another, and who over recognize technology as the common thread linking the principal dangers that hang over us The purpose of this book is to show people how to begin thinking in practical, grand strategic terms about what must be done in order to get our society off the road to destruction that it is now on from the Preface.Publisher s Description A comprehensive historical analysis explaining the futility of social control and the catastrophic influence of technological growth on human social and planetary ecological systems Distilled from the critical socio historical analysis is the author s own theoretical framework for effecting meaningful and lasting change.Note Theodore John Kaczynski does not receive any remuneration for this book.

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      • Theodore J. Kaczynski

        Theodore John Kaczynski k z nski born May 22, 1942 , also known as the Unabomber, is an American mathematician, anarchist and domestic terrorist, who murdered people he thought were proponents of modern technology, and is serving life in prison.Kaczynski was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois While growing up in Evergreen Park he was a child prodigy, excelling academically from an early age Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree He subsequently earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967 at age 25 He resigned two years later.In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self sufficient and avoid capture on murder charges.


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    1. I was contacted by the publisher & asked if I was interested in a R&R. My first thought was, "Hell, no!" Kaczynski (AKA, the Unabomber) is a whack job, right? He's known for blowing up people in his campaign against technology & those he saw as representing it. What could he possibly say that would be of interest? But then I read that he wouldn't get any of the profits from this book & thought it might be interesting to see what he had to say. He's a smart guy, after all. (His IQ [...]


    2. Review of Anti-tech Revolution: Why and HowThis book is based on the premise that technology and the ‘technology system’ are evil and must be destroyed to ensure Earth’s long-term survival. This is a very strong claim to make but the author spends a large part of the book giving examples to justify this.In a nutshell, Kaczynski believes that technology is becoming so ubiquitous, all encompassing, intrusive and environmentally damaging that humans will be surpassed by machines (see Terminat [...]


    3. **I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review**It is difficult to review this work without considering Kaczynski's past actions, i.e. the fact that he is a confessed multiple-murderer serving eight life sentences due to a fanatical dedication to his ideology, an ideology which is the focus of this book.Some would say that even reviewing this work lends unwarranted legitimacy to an immoral/insane/monstrous person, and they may have a point. I tend toward separating [...]


    4. My introduction to the works of Ted “the Unabomber” Kaczynski was through a highly provocative quote in an article published in Wired magazine titled “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” written by Bill Joy. I remember thinking the quote to be reasonable, and compelling. Upon discovering that the quote was from Ted Kaczynski’s “Unabomber Manifesto,” I had two reactions. My first reaction was horror at discovery that I could agree so wholeheartedly with what I had hitherto considered [...]


    5. Theodore J. Kaczynski's Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How is mostly a practical manual on how to initiate a future anti-technological mass movement with the overall intention of overthrowing the current technological system. It abounds in quotations from Lenin, Mao, Alinsky, Trotsky and Marx and one of the most interesting aspects of the book is the exploration into how past revolutions (the Bolshevik, Irish nationalist, Maoist etc) were successful. The first half is more theoretical and specula [...]


    6. Yes. That Ted Kaczynski.From :Theodore John Kaczynski (born May 22, 1942), also known as the Unabomber, is an American mathematician, anarchist and domestic terrorist. A mathematical prodigy, he abandoned a promising academic career in 1969, then between 1978 and 1995 killed 3 people, and injured 23 others, in a nationwide mail bombing campaign that targeted people involved with modern technology. In conjunction with the bombing campaign, he issued a wide-ranging social critique opposing industr [...]


    7. Ted Kaczynski may seem a strange candidate for devising a revolutionary "grand strategy", being best known for what most would consider just desperate acts to get attention, and which most would also say only made it easier for the Right to demonize environmentalists. He does have a lot to say that's worth thinking about though. The first half of this book summarizes the problems brought on by technological development, explaining why it's foolish to ever expect such large-scale and complex indu [...]


    8. **I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review - I feel sort of bad about the one star review but it's the only actually negative score you can give on this site**If you're familiar with Kaczynski's previous work, the title of this book should tell you exactly what you're getting - a meticulously, even laboriously argued 'why' and 'how' to organize an revolution against modern technology. The intent here is to present a series of concise and compelling arguments f [...]


    9. Much like reviewing any work from a convicted murderer, it is always worth guarding one's self from their words. This is no different. I'm a staunch believer that if you want to understand the mindset of the sort of persons who undertake terrible crimes for their ideologies, the only and best way to truly do so is to listen (read) to what they have to say. Had the Western powers read Mein Kampf they would have known Hitler planned to do exactly what they felt he wouldn't do. Reading Mao's little [...]


    10. Let me begin this review by stating up-front that I was contacted by the publisher with the offer of receiving the book free of charge for providing a review. This was an opportunity which I eagerly accepted as I am a fan of Kaczynski and his philosophies. I currently own "Technological Slavery" (the book contains "Industrial Society and Its Future" as well), which profoundly altered my views on technology, philosophy, and life in general.In "Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How", Kaczynski brillia [...]


    11. I have been very interested, and more than a little concerned, about the dangers of the unrestrained march of technological developments. I authored and taught a college level course for several years called, “The Cultural Impact of Information Technology,” that posed the questions; “Do we control technology or is it leading us?” and, “If it is leading, what should we expect the future to look like?”I was contacted and asked by the publisher to read and review this book and place my [...]


    12. This is a terrible, terribly disappointing book.The book is divided into four chapters. The first deals with the inability for human society to be rationally controlled. TK basically talks about how society is an amalgam of systems and there’s no way to calculate everything going on (chaos theory, etc.). This is more or less what I see through the lens of the apparatus.Second chapter is titled “Why the Technological System Will Destroy Itself.” I don’t know if the writer or editor/publis [...]


    13. I was offered a complimentary review copy by the editors, and, as with the other reviewers, my first thought was: the Unabomber, really? It's hard to discuss the book without discussing the author. We even discuss the authors when they're comparatively harmless, and all the more so when they're Ted Kaczynski, serving a sentence of life in prison.Let me start off by agreeing with most of the others: he does not (quite) write like an insane person. That does not mean that he isn't one. The questio [...]


    14. Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How is an interesting contribution to revolutionary praxis, and I would like to thank Fitch & Madison Publishers for the opportunity to review the book. In general terms, the book offers a series of propositions, postulates, and rules derived from these postulates, to inform radical movements. Upon first consideration they seem to be truisms - obvious and even banal. However, the text provides some good examples on the many radical movements that have failed to [...]


    15. Ted Kaczynski's new book is divided roughly into two parts, as indicated by the title: the why, and the how. Looking at the two parts separately allows for a more generous reading of the book, so that's what I'll do.The first two chapters deal with why modern society is bound to fail, and why when it does, it will fail on a scale not yet seen in the history of the planet. I share the conviction that this is all but an inevitability with TJK, and appreciate much of his analysis. In chapter 1, pro [...]


    16. I didn't actually read this book but wanted to share an article that provides context to Kaczynski's life & actions. Article: July 15, 1999 Ted K the CIA & LSD - It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960sunterpunch/1999/07/JULY 15, 1999- Ted K the CIA & LSD by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - ALEXANDER COCKBURN[clip] It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabom [...]


    17. Full Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.Theodore Kaczynski, famously known as the unibomber, has long been a critic of technology and over-consumptive human societies (see his manifesto, Industrial Science and Its Future editions-hache/essais/pdf/). Having sympathized with his ideology though certainly not his misguided and misdirected methods of resistance, I was very interested to see where his philosophy had taken him in his 20 years [...]


    18. This book is full of things that I had no idea about but that are really important. When I say “things” I mean the book describes systems and dynamics that are happening now that are the forces which are in control of and will ultimately destroy the planet. I am not a particularly anti-tech person. I just am not drawn to technology. But not caring or being passive in the presence of omnipresent voracious controlling powers is enabling of the inevitable devastation of technology. This book sh [...]


    19. Not as good as the (unabomber) manifesto, but still an entertaining read. Ted continues where he left off with the Industrial society and goes into well-structured albeit theoretical advice on how to prepare a (anti-tech) revolution. Relying heavily on works and experience of a well-known revolutionary figures, he outlines actions and precautions of a successful change in a system. While the book seems to be of no practical value, one can still find Kaczynski’s observations helpful should he b [...]


    20. [I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.]Theodore John Kaczynski's Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How is a tightly reasoned treatise on why a revolution against the technological system is essential and of primary importance. The book also lays out a general course of action framed by four postulates and five rules that any revolutionary movement should consider.First, to the why. To be sure, technological developments have taken on a life of their own. And Kaczyns [...]



    21. Well researched, articulate and dangerous.Right from the start I will say I am not an anti-tech person, and this book has not convinced me otherwise, so it will not get 5 stars from me. That being said, it's one of the most intelligent and in the same time frightening books I've read on the subject - I am somewhat familiar with this area due to a paper I've written in college about it, and I took it very seriously spending a semester researching the most important books and articles.The book is [...]


    22. Note: The publisher provided me with a copy for review purposes.I was somewhat surprised but also a bit concerned when the publisher contacted me and offered a review copy - 'Is my reading list that radical and transparent that I would be targeted by a publisher of this sort of book?' I thought. 'Obviously if they find me based on what was likely a cursory search of my reviews then I am potentially on a few other list or at least would be easily targeted' Ah the dark side of technology, no doubt [...]


    23. I found the first two chapters of the book fairly interesting, as it clarified a number of questionable statements in his original manifesto. In particular, Industry Society and Its Future contains a lot of really nasty vitriol towards both the left and right wing establishment, which originally had me confused to who his audience might be. Anti-Tech clarifies that this is intentional as a tactic to discourage fair-weather followers or other toxic undesirables to the neo-luddite movement. Anti-T [...]


    24. It's tempting to dismiss Ted "Unabomber" Kaczynski as a kook. That would make this book easier to ignore. However, even a casual glance reveals this text is not the product of an insane mind. It is cogent, well-reasoned, and heavily supported with scholarly citations. It is also deeply disturbing. If anything, it is a bit too dry and academic for my tastes. Yet the motivating passion shines through in every section. The author is concerned about the fate of our world. He's convinced that the rat [...]


    25. The primary three premises of Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How are 1. That society has poor goals. 2. That globalization has made the society into a world-system. 3. That society is unpredictable because no one is separate from it any longer.Kaczynski seeks to separate people from technology society by lowering trust in technology. This allows people to form other societies separate from the technological world system.Chapter 1 covers the unpredictable world system. Chapter 2 offers that the wo [...]


    26. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review. I did enjoy reading Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How, and while finding it a far cry from Technological Slavery, it still managed to be an interesting read. Kaczynski is a very lucid writer and I enjoy reading his thoughts on technology, but I do not condone his past actions and do not promote violence in any way whatsoever.The book is meant to be a handbook, a practical book on how the would-be revolutionaries were to creat [...]


    27. An interesting book. Admittedly, I have never read any of Kaczynski's previously published writings; my interest in other anarchoprimtivist works got a review copy of this sent my way, and now here we are. The premises set forth here are concise and entirely well thought out, researched, and presented. The idea that our increasing technology will eventually create a worldwide catastrophe is not a new one, and Kaczynski's warnings of organizing against this end have been presented by plenty of ot [...]


    28. Huh. While going through my to-read-list I just realized I never received the free copy I was offered by the publisher back in early October. Guess it got lost in the mail, which seems to happen a lot with US publishers. Definitely need to buy this one very, very soon as I am a huge fan of Kaczynski's writings.



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