Originally Posted by Wasillaguy
Yeah, that's not anywhere near a parallel.
Ted's crimes were intended only to draw attention. The founders were revolting to gain independence.
I hear where you are coming from. Violence should never be an interim resort in a debate. At best it should be a last resort and even then the perp has to understand that if he can't do the time then don't do the crime. Most political arguments have been heard before and another person going apeshit won't sway public opinion one way or the other.
Where I disagree with you is on a narrow point, namely that if someone resorts to violence then they should be ignored.
I guess I see political violence as feedback. If someone is bothered enough by an issue then it behooves us, as self-governing people, to look into the matter and see if the perpetrator has a legitimate gripe. Sometimes perps do, sometimes they don't.
My understanding is that after the Civil War we granted amnesty to Confederate soldiers. That's basically an acknowledgement that they had a legitimate gripe.
On the other hand we have people such as abortion clinic bombers. We do not grant them amnesty simply because their gripe is illegitimate to the extent the government is ill equipped to address their concerns. All of us have to live with stuff that we disagree with.
I guess where I am developing a soft spot for Kaczynski is that he talks about stuff that I have also arrived at through independent thinking. As I gain more experience and knowledge through debating politics I have also learned that I am not alone in my train of thought. Examples include Luddites - I have thought about the concept but never heard of the word or the movement until arriving on AK. Now I see Kaczynski labelled as a neo-Luddite.
Another example is the idea of machinery ruling people instead of the other way around. The first time I heard of that concern was about fifteen years ago. A fellow patent attorney graduated from a Christian college and had focused his studies on the effects of technology on man. Apparently there are people that study that stuff. I never knew. Thoughts about the topic rolled around my head for years. As I studied Ayn Rand and her focus on inventorship and her ridiculous conclusion that inventors were inherently God's gift to society I also thought about machinery such a drones and the PATRIOT Act with its eased restrictions on eavesdropping on citizens. That stuff recently reminded me of Kaczynski.
Kaczynski's caution against machinery could also speak to our energy addiction, obesity problems, etc.
I'm tired and rambling. In any event I find Kaczynski's paper worthy of reading even though he resorted to violence.