I happened upon this while googling something else yesterday, but it relates to a lot of other things I’m thinking about. I think it relates to global climate and a few other topics that often go around on here.
What’s nice about it, it summarizes Kaczynski well, saving you the trouble of reading his manifesto. it critiques him perfectly too, I think. I started reading the arguments in the comments but didn’t have time to work through them. Basically, it’s the tension of realizing the system you live in is not working, but not having a replacement laying around. The differences of humans, some who feel free if they have very few things to worry about, and others who want the freedom to engage as much of the world and its problems as they can. The author mentions the often missed detail of Thoreau, that he went to town for supplies, and sometimes as a beggar. Almost all protestors have this problem.
Who is the greater hypocrite? The rich person who can affect world politics and change global energy markets, but flies in a private jet and owns a huge empty house? Or the poor person who doesn’t interact peacefully with their society except to use the goods and services it provides when it’s convenient? Assume both of them understand the problem equally.