Others might argue that even if Kaczynski’s terrorism was successful, it is not necessarily justified. And this is true. But the manifesto argues that if there is no revolution, the consequences of technological development will be absolutely disastrous. If Kaczynski is correct, and if his terrorism was successful at furthering his revolution, then the consequences of his violence might very well have been miniscule compared to the threat. We see this kind of logic at work all the time. The military drops bombs on houses with civilians inside because it’s more important to kill the terrorists in there with them. Grandfather Smith shoots a potentially dangerous dog in the head because it’s more important for his grandchildren to be safe. And so on. Given that Kaczynski believed that what is at stake is our freedom and our wild Earth, it’s not hard to see why he saw his violence as justifiable.
"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May
your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch
and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red
rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a
deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where
deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon
the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than
your deepest dreams waits for you --- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."
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