cool fact: the original luddites didn’t oppose technology but rather the bosses using new tech to disenfranchise workers! the bosses then had the luddites murdered in the streets and their arguments were replaced with “tech bad 🤢” to prevent others from carrying on their challenge to industrial authorities

the machine isn’t stealing your job, your boss just doesn’t think of you as a person

@garbados my one fact I trot out about this was that they deployed more soldiers to the north and midlands of England the repress the Luddites than they sent to the peninsular war against France in Spain and Portugal.

@garbados We are not persons! We are not individuals! We are Human Resources! 😢

@tinyrabbit @garbados ah, India did not have a federal Education Ministry, before it was called the ''Human Resource Development'' Ministry..

@garbados I think this is only step 2 on the galaxy brain meme. The luddites were disenfranchised because they didn't have a means other than work under which to provide for themselves. This is not the technologies fault but instead the system of governance and economics they were under at the time /cont

@garbados If the luddites were able to capture the economic profit of the reduced cost of manufacturing those goods, either from the goods themselves or a social support program, they would also create more wealth with whatever they did with their time instead of their previous jobs. Everyone should have been able to win here, but the greed and power structures that allowed only their bosses to profit prevented that...

A few days ago I found a lot about the Luddites in E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class. Luddites were also against some of the tech introduced by employers because the products were worse. Framework-knitters made a list of “offensive frames”.

@garbados Comedian Mark Steel mentioned that in his Industrial Revolution dissertation, available on YouTube. Essentially he stated that the Luddites were probably the mist enlightened group in those times.


I didn't know that. What did the workers (that is, the luddites) want them to do differently? I've always had a soft spot for them.

@LeeilaRose basically they wanted to be compensated for their time and expertise, and industrial manufacturing drove the prices of their goods through the floor, destroying their livelihoods. the issue wasn’t the machines specifically but that the economy had left them disenfranchised. a more compassionate society could have found a way to prevent that privation and poverty.

@garbados Yeah, they didn't break machines because they were dumb, they did it because it worked wonderfully. The British government made machine breaking into high treason at the time to stop them.

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