A Discussion of Michael Hrens tape recorded comments
as the reluctant witness in the unabomber case.
The phrase Michael Hren is struggling to repeat is from the second paragraph of the Manifesto. He only got through the first page before I interrupted him to try and find the Kill sentence to show him in the moments before Dettling walked into the room. The sentence is an interesting one for him to remember. In addition to his role managing plastics design and the Model Shop, Michael ran the Corporate parties at Apple, a venerated social tradition at Apple of the elite. I wonder did he remember the sentence "reducing human beings to mere cogs in the social machine" because he disagreed or because he agreed from his unique perspective in corporate America :).
2. 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 sutfering, 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.
Reference:Hren's Voice Recalling Reading Manifesto
Reference: Photo of Michael Hren