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Ludditism has a rich history but today refers to the view that much technological change is harmful and should be constrained or avoided. Accordingly, a Luddite is a person who subscribes to Ludditism. In contemporary parlance, to call someone a Luddite often implies that the person suffers from being technologically backward or incapable. At the same time, some people today embrace Ludditism and count themselves as neo-Luddites.

The Origins of Ludditism

The years surrounding the turn of the 19th century was a period of great Industrial Revolution centered mainly in England. These changes greatly affected the textile industry, one of the most important industries of the day. Prior to this time, weaving was primarily a craft industry, and skillful weavers were well-paid compared with many other workers. ...

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