Essay on Ted Kaczynski And Social Conflicts

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Ted Kaczynski was a very intelligent and troubled man. He did not fit the general theme of a serial killer during the seventies and eighties. As he eluded the authorities, the FBI used profilers and investigators to identify him and attempt to gather evidence to find him. He was very clever in keeping his identity hidden from authorities for nearly twenty years. Once he was apprehended, it became extremely important to understand the reasons behind his crime and what made a man of his intelligence and ability turn to making bombs to kill innocent people Freeman, Turchie, and Noel, 2014). Many criminologists’ theories help explain the background and mind-set of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. The social conflict theories help understand the circumstances in Ted’s life that help determine his life of crime. Ted was antisocial most of his life. He was an extreme loner that did not play or associate with other children when he was young, and had no friends or relationships as an adult. Although he claimed most of his bombings were by the Freedom Club (FC), and carved the letters FC into many of the boxes to confuse investigators and mislead the evidence away from a single person. There was no Freedom Club; just an invention of Ted’s. He was isolated in his Montana cabin for eighteen years, planning and building his bombs for destruction (www.biography.com). Critical criminologists blame the racial, gender, and economic inequalities as the cause of crime. Most of their concepts are focused on identifying how class, crime and social control are connected and how government creates an unlawful environment. They also define the relationship between capitalism, free-enterprise and criminal activities. Critical theorists also believe that racism and sexism is very prevalent in America and that it is a determinant of the wrongs of our criminal justice system and is an issue in how teaching institutions discriminate against racial lines (Siegel, 2011). Ted Kaczynski was not a victim identified in critical theories or oppression by the government or any segment of society. He had his own criticism of government and the educational system. He felt students were brainwashed and taught the sins of technology and believed progress and technology was destroying our planet (www.crimelibrary.com). Critical theorists, based on Marxism, believe that corporate capitalism is the blame for pushing out the laborers from the workforce and giving them no alternative to committing crimes just to survive. They claim that once the profits are accumulated and have a surplus value they are reinvested and continue to make the owners wealthy. Once the worker is replaced with technology, the only people benefiting are the owners, not the majority of the workforce. Corporations will downsize or move production out of the country forcing workers to take lesser paying jobs, creating marginalization; the majority of people are removed out of the economic mainstream. Globalization is the growth of the corporations as a result of moving and expanding around the world, adapting their products to the country they produce their products. Critical theorists claim that globalization exploits the new country’s natural resources and take advantage of the people there (Siegel, 2011). Instrumental theorists believe that laws and the justice system are only instruments to control the poor and enables the rich and powerful to set the standards for morals and behavior for society. They believe this gives the corrupt, powerful entities free rein to carry out any illegal activity they desire (Siegel, 2011). Structural theorists believe that the laws are created for everyone and our laws and the justice system will be efficient and strong enough to maintain a just society. They believe that anyone or any corporation that jeopardizes our free-enterprise system will be controlled and kept in check regardless how rich or powerful (Siegel,…