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Credited cast:
Lutz Dammbeck ...
Eva Mattes ...
Narrator (voice)
Tom Vogt ...
Narrator (voice) (as Thomas Vogt)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brockman ...
Butch Gehring ...
David Gelernter ...
Theodore John Kaczynski ...
Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ...
Himself (archive footage)
Henry A. Murray ...
Himself (archive footage)
Robert W. Taylor ...
Heinz von Foerster ...
Chris Waits ...
Norbert Wiener ...
Himself (archive footage)


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Pulls the cover from our eyes
4 March 2009 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

This documentary nailed me to the seat, because it explores the social links with great care and shows just enough for me to get the big picture. Kaczynski, no matter what you think of him, no matter what his victims think of him, has a very, very valid point. Philosophically, his goal could only have been to deconstruct society, make the links fluid, then reconstruct it in another way. It is only sad that he thought he had the power to do so, since the society, the whole world works in a uniform way, we are all, with very few exceptions driven by instinct through mind to obtain wealth, status, partner, family, luxury, security, and this is intertwined in such a way, that the common denominator is simply: mo'better. More and better, more of better, better and more of it. This inevitably means that everyone will be inclined to actively and passively seek shortcuts, most come by means of new inventions, technology. This is the driving force behind technology and an individual, or even a group of individuals, cannot possibly challenge that. It strikes me a bit odd that one of Kaczynski's victims dismissed his theories simply because he is a murderer. The difference between him and a soldier who kills is that the soldier has a mandate from the state to do so. Both are widow/orphan makers, but only one was allowed by the state to do so. Is he therefore not a murderer simply because the state allowed him to kill?

A historic fact is that former USSR and Nazi Germany were quite equal in ideology, but the reason we don't hear that is because Russia has been too powerful to be challenged like that. Because of politics, Russian holocaust of Ukrainians, for instance, was overlooked. It's the state that decides what you may do, what you may know. You see, things aren't always black or white and this movie is trying to show just that.

If you're thinking about the world, where we're going and just want your eyes to be able to perceive more, watch this documentary.

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