giovedì 24 febbraio 2011

Charles Epstein (1933-2011)

TIBURON, ANAGRAMMA DI TRIBUNO, CALIFORNIA, USA - Giugno 1993: Ted Kaczynski, meglio noto come Unabomber, serial bomber americano il cui palmares è di 3 omicidi, spedisce l'ennesimo pacco bomba. Questa volta all'Università della California. Chi apre il pacco? Charles Epstein, genetista, il quale nell'esplosione perde tre dita, e parte della sua capacità uditiva.

Febbraio 2011: Epstein viene ucciso da un tumore. Kaczynski è ancora vivo, ospite dell'ADX Florence in Colorado.
The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering—even in "advanced" countries.

The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down. If it survives, it may eventually achieve a low level of physical and psychological suffering, but only after passing through a long and very painful period of adjustment and only at the cost of permanently reducing human beings and many other living organisms to engineered products and mere cogs in the social machine. Furthermore, if the system survives, the consequences will be inevitable: there is no way of reforming or modifying the system so as to prevent it from depriving people of dignity and autonomy.

If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful. But the bigger the system grows the more disastrous the results of its breakdown will be, so if it is to break down it had best break down sooner rather than later.

We therefore advocate a revolution against the industrial system. This revolution may or may not make use of violence: it may be sudden or it may be a relatively gradual process spanning a few decades. We can't predict any of that. But we do outline in a very general way the measures that those who hate the industrial system should take in order to prepare the way for a revolution against that form of society. This is not to be a political revolution. Its object will be to overthrow not governments but the economic and technological basis of the present society.

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