Introducing the Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology

Luddites Smashing Loom

An Anti-Civilization / Post-Civilization Think Tank

From Ludd-Kaczynski Tech:

The Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology is an open, decentralized, autonomous, incorporeal think tank of ludic neo-luddites. We are anti-ideological, meaning that rather than serving our ideas, our ideas serve us. We explore themes including but not limited to anti-civ, post-civ, green anarchy, primitivism and anarcho-primitivism, etc., but hold to no pre-established canons or conventions therein, beyond the point which they are useful to us in achieving total collective liberation for all beings and the Earth itself.

Though we question and discuss the inherent nature of technology, we are not ideologically anti-technology, by which we mean we recognize that the master’s tools can indeed be used to bring down the master’s house, and that a radical critique of technology will always hinge upon specific semantic articulations of the word (and concept of) “technology.” Ideological adherence to one specific, static semantic definition and understanding is not only unnecessary, it is also inhibiting of critical thought. Well-defined yet differing semantic understandings and definitions can come in extremely useful in equally different contexts. Words and language are a tool—a technology—and a very malleable one at that. Only in adherence to semantic rigidity do we decrease our potential to use this tool subversively.

In the context of global climate chaos, ecological instability and collapse, and the eminent demise of industrial civilization (including the social consequences that come with it), the important question is perhaps the level of technology—defined in this case simply as externalized tools—appropriate in creating and perpetuating a truly egalitarian, liberated, and ecologically sustainable mode of living upon this planet.

For a discussion regarding the potential contradiction, if not outright hypocrisy, of utilizing technology to spread anti-technological arguments and critiques, we recommend An Open Letter on Technology and Mediation.

Contact us at ludd-kaczynski-tech (at) riseup (dot) net


4 Responses to “Introducing the Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lazarus Cato, Rebel Insurgent. Rebel Insurgent said: Introducing the Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology […]

  2. I do not see hypocrisy in utilizing tech for anti-tech support; the battle for peace is often achieved by destructive methods, however, modern technologies are being used to build a stronger sustainable ecosystem. Is eliminating technology helping the cause?

  3. Recently I wrote a blog entry offering a leftist critique of the ideology of “Green” environmentalism, deep ecology, eco-feminism, and lifestyle politics in general (veganism, “dumpster diving,” “buying organic,” “locavorism,” etc.). I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter and any responses you might have to its criticisms.

  4. I feel there is not much hypocrisy in the use of technology to justify the means and any who disagree could be suffering some form of hypocrisy themselves for the world is mired in it no matter how desperate the cause the hypocrite is alive and well in all of us in one form or another and as unfortunate as that may well be in my humble opinion it is part of the human condition …
    .The politics of extending an olive branch to the other groups out there in the W.W.W through the fundamental use of technology within collaborating distance could be the spark in the pre post industrial dark ages that ignites the revolutionary mindset put to action from words written but too dark to see before misunderstood or not now reborn into the new age of fire !

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