12 Unabomber Artifacts You Could Now Bid On

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Ted Kaczynski might be the most famous anti-technologist of the last quarter of the 20th century. He sent 16 bombs to university and airline officials, killing three and injuring 20. His manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, was published in the Washington Post and the New York Times. He argued "the Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race," in making a series of harsh critiques of all technology as impinging on freedom. His bombings were the most extreme form of his anti-tech activism.

Tomorrow, the U.S. Marshals will begin selling his possessions via an online auction run by the General Services Administration. "We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life," said U.S. Marshal Albert Nájera of the Eastern District of California in a release. "The proceeds will go to his victims and, in a very small way, offset some of the hardships they have suffered."

Below, you can find 12 of the most intriguing items from his typewriter to his bow and arrows. The auction ends June 2.


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