Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Unambomber's Papers

Theodore Kaczynski, the "Unabomber," is currently in jail for killing 3 people with his homemade bombs. A Reuters article says his papers will be sold to the highest bidders and the funds will be placed in a fund for the families of his victims.

Kaczynski doesn't like the idea. He wants his papers enshrined in a library where eager scholars can pore over his incendiary words. Private buyers might hide his ideas from the public, he said.

Restitution for the victims' families is a far more worthy enterprise than ensuring Kaczynski's pensées are never obscured. People trump paper. And it is in the best interests of the buyers to eventually make all his scribblings public by selling them or providing access to anyone who cares to see them. The economic factor reigns supreme in this case, not any concern for the radical's ideas which led him to numerous acts of murder and terrorism.

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