I read "Industrial Society and Its Future" and it seems pretty spot on. Technology and "progress" has not made people any happier - on the contrary, people are more depressed, more anxious, more lonely today than ever before. A return to primitive communism seems to be the only solution. Communism based on false ideas of "progress" is imbued with the same capitalist value system that created industrial civilization.
Even though a communist regime would be far better than a capitalist oligarchy, would it be able to ensure that we live fulfilling and meaningful lives? Maybe for some - but most people, conditioned by industrial society to prefer leisure and luxury to meaningful collective effort and struggle, will passively resist the system no matter how good it is.
Even if the global proletarian revolution is successful, what guarantees do we have that it won't degenerate back into capitalism?
Sure, people in Eastern Europe nowadays complain all the time about how much better things used to be before. But they didn't lift a finger to defend socialism, which was defeated virtually without firing a shot in self-defense. Why is this?
In contrast to primitive communist societies, industrial societies encourage selfishness, hedonism, and self-interest. When we sever our grounding in Nature, we become focused mostly on ourselves. People literally destroyed their own countries and let themselves be pillaged by oligarchs on the false promise that they might get blue jeans and 10 flavors of bubble gum. Struggle is anathema to industrial society - the easy way of least resistance is always preferable.
I don't support completely reverting to stone age lifestyles. We could still have a few ecologically benign pharmaceutical factories doing organic synthesis out of simple precursors, so that people aren't dying of preventable disease. But the vast majority of all this modern shit has to go.
Imagine how much happier we would be if the time we spent on this website, reading and discussing how shitty the world is, we spent guiding fellow hunter-gatherers through ahayuasca trips, or telling mythical stories to other hunter-gatherers around the campfire?