On Sunday’s episode of The Godcast, co-hosts Paisios and SuperLutheran invited Jason Kessler on their show for a glowing tribute to the “Unabomber.” From 1978 to 1995, Ted Kaczynski, a math prodigy and neo-Luddite, sent explosives through the mail that killed three people and maimed 23 others. The domestic terrorist was captured in 1996, and received eight life sentences as part of a 1998 plea agreement.
His manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, which excoriated society for its reliance on technology and called for a return to “wild nature,” was published in its entirety by the Washington Post and other news outlets as part of a bid to stop the bombings — and in the hopes that someone would recognize the killer’s writing style.
Of the 35,000-word manifesto, SuperLutheran simply remarked that the “Unabomber” was “right.” Likewise, Paisios claimed that Kaczynski “took his beliefs to the logical conclusion” by moving into a shack in the wilderness, sending mail bombs to “get attention,” and then “educating” people on the evils of modern life.
Their guest Jason Kessler was noticeably uncomfortable with the idea of praising Kaczynski’s tactics, saying he wanted to “push back” on the idea that using violence in a “pointless” way would’ve achieved his goals.
“I mean, I think the way that certain people who write these manifestos — like Kaczynski, Dylann Roof, and Elliot Rodgers [sic] — and then they go and just kill random people, or just a small number of people, I don’t think that it’s gonna accomplish their political goals the way that they might think that it would.”
Paisios claimed that, despite his hatred of capitalism, Kaczynski was no Leftist. “And then I read his manifesto, and he’s like pretty right-wing actually,” he said. SuperLutheran added that Kaczynski was “definitely a neo-reactionary for his times,” and that even Timothy McVeigh recognized the “Unabomber” was no left-winger. What an honor.
SuperLutheran then said he wanted to “connect” Kaczynski’s nearly 20 year terror spree “to the church.” He explained that “everybody, when the ‘Unabomber’ did his thing and when he was finally arrested after this big FBI manhunt — nobody in church actually sat down and read in the Scriptures something that vindicates what the ‘Unabomber’ was saying.”
He cited the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:
I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine–my heart still guiding me with wisdom–and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life.
Kaczynski criticized technology as, at best, a mere distraction. SuperLutheran likened it to the “vanity” mentioned by King Solomon, and said Kaczynski “might as well have had his hand on the Scriptures when he was writing his manifesto.”
Of course, Kaczynski wasn’t a Christian, but Paisios opined that this was probably because he recognized that modern Christianity was infested with Leftists. SuperLutheran agreed:
The weird thing is, though, you’re probably right, he probably dismissed the church as, “Well, they’re encouraging the same kind of advances as everybody else.’ I mean, he lived during Vatican II when the Catholic Church started saying, ‘Hey, it’s okay to believe in evolution and enjoy modern technology.’ So, it’s kinda the same way the alt-right is right now, looking at all these different churches and we all want to go back to tradition, and then you hear the Southern Baptist Church denouncing all forms of “white supremacy.”
Although praise for Kaczynski isn’t necessarily common among white supremacists, it isn’t entirely unheard of. In 1996 the white power band Mudoven recorded a song dedicated to his terrorist activities. Both pro-environment and anti-Semitic, the song “Unabomber” lambasted the “Zionists” “raping the land,” and called the mail bomb attacks their “just desserts.”