Though sabotage predates the industrial revolution, it is often associated with the technology of the day and subversive efforts to impede technology, production and progress. Thus it is surprising that a World War II Sabotage Manual seems so current today.
Here is some advice to sabotage organization and conferences that sounds like a Dilbert cartoon, but it was suggested in 1944 by the precursor of the CIA.
“Make ‘speeches.’ Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your.
‘points’ by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.”
“Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.”
“Haggle over precise wordings of communications, …”
Some of the advice from 1944 could be summarized today as simply being an asshole.
“Be as irritable and, quarrelsome as possible, without getting yourself into trouble.”
While other advice would pass today as normal behavior for many.
“Give lengthy and incomprehensible explanations.”
However, some 70-year-old techniques are no longer effective or even possible.
Without physical copies, this is not longer effective to: “In making carbon copies, make one too few, so that an extra copying job will have to be done.”
Similarly, with electronic mail, this is impossible: “Hold up mail until the next collection.”
However, self-sabotage is still effective using some of this pre-computer filing techniques:
“Start duplicate files.”
“Misfile essential documents.”
Finally a couple of evergreen techniques show how people are people regardless of the technology.
“Apply all regulations to the last letter.”
“Spread disturbing rumors.”
All this serves to reinforce the truism that evolution does not move at the speed of technology. As fast as technology moves, people remain essentially unchanged.