Chase, Alston, "Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber"

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Chase, Alston. "Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber." The Atlantic Monthly 285.6 (June 2000): 41-65.

In what the media called "The Manifesto" and he called "Industrial Society and Its Future," Theodore Kaczynski argued, among other things, that "'Because human beings must conform to the machine, our society tends to regard as a "sickness" any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system […],'" leading to what AC paraphrases as "a social infrastructure dedicated to modifying behavior" (43-44). AC traces this and other anti-technology ideas of Ted Kaczynski to Kaczyinski's education in Harvard's General Education curriculum, Kaczynski's participation in an abusive psychological/sociological study run by Prof. Henry A. Murray, and Kaczynski's later exposure to Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society (q.v., this Category).