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    Analysis of the Unibomber Manifesto

    http://www.newshare.com/Newshare/Com...ifesto1.html#3

    (section on leftism and feelings of inferiority)

    I thought this was an interesting take on leftist social thought and actions which I entirely agree with. It may not account for 100% of leftists but I think it pretty much summarizes most of them and explains the leftism in our society. Note most of it is caused by upper middle class white people who are over socialized and have an inferiority complex and a need for power. I think you guys are barking up the wrong tree in some ways blaming non-whites for the situation whites are in. The leftists are a major problem as well as the removal of roots from society. By this I mean people don't have strong connections to their community, family, and local environment thus they feel powerless, isolated, must compensate by clinging to the group or feeling associated with a minority group or other communist cause. Thus obviously, as I've been saying positive action would be more effective (like trying to help people regain roots, building up self worth among whites (in a way that is respectful towards others- most people hate others and are rude, obnoxious etc. because they hate themselves and have no pride or respect for themselves. I try to treat people with respect and act civil precisely because I do feel superior to most others and think it would be a sign of my own short comings to act like a jack ass like many racists.).

    It is interesting that Ted Kazinsky (the unibomber) is literally a genius with an I.Q. like 167 or something. Though I think much like Hitler and probably like most geniuses he lost touch with the rest of humanity in some way and thus became a bit socio-pathic. His inability to relate to others helped create this world view in which the truths of his personal life became eternal truths for everyone (again hitler-like). One example his is emphasis on the struggle for power. I think this has some truth for all people but is over emphasized perhaps relating to his own need for autonomy which directly relates to him being different from others. Secondly his own lack of socialization with others is somehow tied into his theory that industrial society is to blame. This could explain his extreme conclusions that don't seem entirely fitting with logic (we must destroy the system, disrupt society etc.). It is clear that he became motivated by emotion after they paved over his favorite part of the wilderness and thus his violent outlashing and call for dismantling society is a bit personal rather than logical (perhaps again similar to Hitler's anit-semetism). Even if it does contain a seed of truth it obviously has been taken to an irrational extreme.

    However I'm not focusing on his conclusions of dismantling society (which seem unneccessary anyway we are heading off a cliff as it is). I'm referring to his general observations regarding leftist philosophy and the nature of leftists themselves. For anyone who hasn't read this it would make an interesting read and discussion.

    A few Favorite quotes:

    16. Words like "self-confidence," "self-reliance," "initiative", "enterprise," "optimism," etc. play little role in the liberal and leftist vocabulary. The leftist is anti-individualistic, pro-collectivist. He wants society to solve everyone's needs for them, take care of them. He is not the sort of person who has an inner sense of confidence in his own ability to solve his own problems and satisfy his own needs. The leftist is antagonistic to the concept of competition because, deep inside, he feels like a loser.

    15. Leftists tend to hate anything that has an image of being strong, good and successful. They hate America, they hate Western civilization, they hate white males, they hate rationality. The reasons that leftists give for hating the West, etc. clearly do not correspond with their real motives. They SAY they hate the West because it is warlike, imperialistic, sexist, ethnocentric and so forth, but where these same faults appear in socialist countries or in primitive cultures, the leftist finds excuses for them, or at best he GRUDGINGLY admits that they exist; whereas he ENTHUSIASTICALLY points out (and often greatly exaggerates) these faults where they appear in Western civilization. Thus it is clear that these faults are not the leftist's real motive for hating America and the West. He hates America and the West because they are strong and successful.
    10. By "feelings of inferiority" we mean not only inferiority feelings in the strictest sense but a whole spectrum of related traits: low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, depressive tendencies, defeatism, guilt, self-hatred, etc. We argue that modern leftists tend to have such feelings (possibly more or less repressed) and that these feelings are decisive in determining the direction of modern leftism.

    19. The leftist is not typically the kind of person whose feelings of inferiority make him a braggart, an egotist, a bully, a self-promoter, a ruthless competitor. This kind of person has not wholly lost faith in himself. He has a deficit in his sense of power and self-worth, but he can still conceive of himself as having the capacity to be strong, and his efforts to make himself strong produce his unpleasant behavior. [1] But the leftist is too far gone for that. His feelings of inferiority are so ingrained that he cannot conceive of himself as individually strong and valuable. Hence the collectivism of the leftist. He can feel strong only as a member of a large organization or a mass movement with which he identifies himself.
    21. Leftists may claim that their activism is motivated by compassion or by moral principle, and moral principle does play a role for the leftist of the oversocialized type. But compassion and moral principle cannot be the main motives for leftist activism. Hostility is too prominent a component of leftist behavior; so is the drive for power. Moreover, much leftist behavior is not rationally calculated to be of benefit to the people whom the leftists claim to be trying to help. For example, if one believes that affirmative action is good for black people, does it make sense to demand affirmative action in hostile or dogmatic terms? Obviously it would be more productive to take a diplomatic and conciliatory approach that would make at least verbal and symbolic concessions to white people who think that affirmative action discriminates against them. But leftist activists do not take such an approach because it would not satisfy their emotional needs. Helping black people is not their real goal. Instead, race problems serve as an excuse for them to express their own hostility and frustrated need for power. In doing so they actually harm black people, because the activists' hostile attitude toward the white majority tends to intensify race hatred.
    25. The moral code of our society is so demanding that no one can think, feel and act in a completely moral way. For example, we are not supposed to hate anyone, yet almost everyone hates somebody at some time or other, whether he admits it to himself or not. Some people are so highly socialized that the attempt to think, feel and act morally imposes a severe burden on them. In order to avoid feelings of guilt, they continually have to deceive themselves about their own motives and find moral explanations for feelings and actions that in reality have a non-moral origin. We use the term "oversocialized" to describe such people.

    He goes on to state that upper or upper middle class whites are more hyper socialized than say lower class groups (they are forced to conform more so) thus this compells them to be more likely to be leftists and be more extreme leftists. Most leftists are college professors, rich white people etc. not poor black people from the ghetto!! Their own fear of stepping outside of the rules of society and their own feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy cause them to associate with a larger group for their own sense of power (the government, movement etc.) and also they thus associate with those that they view as inferior. They also use this as an exuse to act violently or to hate. Since they aren't allowed hating by their own over socialized morals they find an exuse to lash out by claiming its for a good cause. Even though in many cases they could care less about the minorities etc. they claim to protect. It's not so much about helping poor black people as it is about attacking rich white people. It's a system of hate.

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    Industrial Society and its Future is one of the most honest documents I've ever read. I first read it when it first came out and I was having my first doubts about Leftist thought, so it had quite an effect on me. Another writer with a sound analysis of Leftism from a radical Green perspective is Richard Hunt of 'Alternative Green' fame. Essentially he is a Green Nationalist/basically going along with Blood & Soil arguments. He was kicked off of the anti-Industialist/urban working class, but still socially Leftist/multi-cultural Green Anarchist zine in the early 90s. His stuff comes recommended.

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