The una-anarchist who saw evil in organized empathy
The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, gained notoriety for his crude bombings across the US between 1978 and 1995. In his manifesto, he called for the overthrow of the economic and technological basis of society and criticised the psychological tendencies of the left. Kaczynski committed suicide in prison aged 81.
As a columnist, I have never needed a reason, like a news angle or even your interest, to talk about things. So, to discuss the philosophy of a forgotten public figure, I did not need him to be in the news. But I had to wait for the death of a man widely known as ‘Unabomber’ to talk about his ideas. Between 1978 and 1995, he detonated crude bombs that he mailed or hand delivered across the US. He killed three and wounded more than 20. His victims were chosen by him, but he had no personal grudge against them. To him, they were symbols of technology and industrialization, which he blamed for the “disaster" that was modern life. His victims were mostly employees of universities and airlines, the reason why the US Federal Bureau of Investigation called him ‘Unabom’, which stood for “University-and-airlines bomber". The media eventually named him Unabomber.