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Author Chuck Klosterman Praises Unabomber

November 24, 2009

Just when you thought you had seen it all, author and journalist Chuck Klosterman appears on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” and starts praising Ted Kaczynski, the man also known as the Unabomber.

Kaczynski is a radical leftist and domestic terrorist. From 1978 to 1995, he sent 16 letter bombs to targets such as universities and newspapers, killing three people and injuring 23. After he was arrested, he said that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to ‘the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.’

In short, he is not exactly a man deserving of any sort of praise whatsoever.

Although most readers possessing some degree of common sense would undoubtedly agree with the above, much respected author and member of the intellectual elite Chuck Klosterman doesn’t. When asked by “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough about whether or not he wrote in his latest book “Eat the Dinosaur” that “the Unabomber was right,” the best selling author answers in the affirmative. “About some things,” he was indeed right, Klosterman said.

“I think that what happened with Ted Kaczynski, is because he did these terrible things,” Klosterman said, “and, I mean, no one is trying to excuse any of the acts he did, or somehow come out as if I’m a fan of the Unabomber – but because he did these extreme things, it was actually contend within his manifesto that he was, I think, that he had pretty prescient ideas about technology that there are certain elements about the Internet that he seems to intuitively understand…

“But because he did these insane things – and is essentially a murderer –  people have totally erased sort of the values…” at which moment Scarborough interrupts his guest, because he sees where this is going and he doesn’t want one of his favorite authors to commit PR-suicide on his show. The subject is changed, but not before Klosterman says he was fascinated by Kaczynsk and that he studied the terrorist’s manifesto hoping to find “something valuable” in it.

Notice how he called him “essentially a murderer:” essentially used in this context implies that the speaker isn’t really comfortable using this word to describe someone. You have to ask yourself why not? Kaczynski is a murderer. There’s nothing “sort of” or “essentially” about it. And basically telling people they should study the Unabomber’s “manifesto” because he expresses some pretty “prescient ideas” in them, is an insult to all of his victims. You know, the ones who had their hands and/or heads blown off because of his letter bombs.

I know, I shouldn’t be surprised by the lack of common sense and sheer decency among our intellectual betters anymore. For some reason, however, I can’t quite get used to it. There’s this little voice in my head that says “they will learn from their mistakes once, right?” Perhaps the voice of understanding is wrong; perhaps they’ll never learn.

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:32 pm

    How desparate can someone be to promote his book. The poor man needs a stimulus; a good kick in the rear should suffice.

    Didn’t Joe play football? It might be a good idea for him to have a neurologist check for post concussion syndrome.

    Imus is upstaging him quite handily, too.

  2. November 24, 2009 6:42 pm

    When I read the Unibomber Manifesto, I was struck by how much it sounded to the Catholic Worker newspapers I’d once subscribed to. That experience helped shift me away from the religious Left.

  3. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:36 am

    Kathy: indeed, they all use the same language, they all have the same ideas. They are the same. Whether they use different names is irrelevant.

  4. SanePerson permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:32 am

    Tthe old chestnut comes to mind: “Hitler was nice to his employees and a vegetarian.”

    (I can’t say he was nice to animals because he ultimately murdered his dog, Blondi.)

  5. Paul permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:09 pm

    The Unabomber was and IS a complete psychotic imbecile who decided that he would just go out and kill people. How someone can support that is just an idiot and must hate ANYONE and EVERYONE affiliated with those who had died from the hands of the Unabomber. S.P. said it right. If someone had said Adolph Hilter, Mao Zedong (or Tse-Tung), Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein or a host of other murderous dictators were “misunderstood” or “damaged as a kid” or “did it for a “good” cause” they would be completely shot down (FIGURATIVELY) and their public future would be dead (FIGURATIVELY) forever.

  6. Alex permalink
    November 29, 2009 1:32 am

    The section in Klosterman’s new-ish book regarding the unabomber is entitled “FAIL.”

    Please stop reading so far into things.

    Klosterman is not a terrorist-sympathizer.

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