What is the Power Process?

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Industrial Society and its Future

We’re a long way from 1995:

The year in which “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski’s social critique Industrial Society and its Future was published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, on threat of further mail-bombing.

The essay asserts that Industry, Technology, and the societies it has produced, “have been a disaster for the human race.” 

This is because the fundamental, physical/biological needs of human beings (food, water, shelter, clothing, etc.) have been made so easily obtainable, that we no longer undergo “The Power Process” when securing them.

Since 1995, things have only become more disastrous.

Technology has and continues to make obsolete wide swaths of service industries, consumer-level jobs, and will further automate and eliminate thousands and thousands more positions in the coming years.

The Internet Age has proved itself an increasingly disenfranchising, alienating, depressing, and overall disempowering evolution of human society. As technology advances, so too will our sense of boredom, depression, aggression, frustration, alienation and despair. 

Our video explains Kaczynski’s core concepts, largely in his own words. In this episode, we explain the Power Process, explore its components, and discuss what happens in Modern Industrial-Technological Society when the Power Process is disrupted. Surrogate Activities, Goals, Effort, Attainment of Goals, and Autonomy are all laid out and organized into a cohesive presentation.

Is there an answer?

Let us know what you think.

And as always, we’ll see you in the circle…

@theUnists

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