By the mid-’90s, we were already in deep with technology. The Internet was a thing, people had phones in their cars, and we had more TV channels than we knew what to do with. Even then, it felt impossible to get away from technology, but Kaczynski proved it could be done if you were extreme enough. He called the concept of disassociating from technology “a return to wild nature,” which is a better way of saying “moving into a hermit cabin deep in the woods.”
The Unabomber argued that if people can separate themselves from technology, or “the system,” they’ll survive. However, as much as he was right about the issues society faces as technology moves beyond normal understanding, his parachute of becoming a doomsday prepper not only feels extra, it’s really only a solution for him. As with many an eccentric genius before him, instead of using his spectacular IQ for good, he just ran away to his crime shed.