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Offline David in MN

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Anyone Read Ted Kaczynski?
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:00:29 PM »
I'm kind of curious because I've heard some of his writing and while I (of course) don't support his violent acts his ideas are something. He's definitely in line with 2 of my favorite philosophers, Nietzsche and Stirner and I really get his Nietzchean "healthy life" vibe and Stirnerean egoist bent. His critique of modern living is something to be taken seriously.

He also does very interesting takedowns of the American body politic, particularly the left where he claims the American left has resigned itself to impossible goals with masochistic strategies. If it helps, think of this as solving climate change by lying down on a highway. He's much more coldly dismissive of the right but I'd like to further explore his thoughts there because I am perpetually confused on the modern right in that the only thing they seem to purport is 'not being left'. Not exactly a Burkian claim.

I'm also curious about his ideas that mankind should be generalists but technology makes us specialists. There's a little Ben Franklin nugget in there. I also feel his "back to the land" is more Thoreau, Emerson, and Whitman rather than Hobbes or Malthus.

I'm not trying to create a 'Dave likes the Unabomber' thread. I'm glad he's locked up. But bear in mind I've read books that led to a lot more death and social ill. So I'm curious if anyone gave his books a read and what they thought.