Luddism was a working-class movement opposed to the political consequences of industrial capitalism. The Luddites wanted technology to be deployed in ways that made work more humane and gave workers more autonomy. The bosses, on the other hand, wanted to drive down costs and increase productivity.
@neauoire thank you for posting this. I can't recall just how many times I've explained to people that Luddism was not the mindless, anti-technology phenomenon that it is portrayed as. The capitalists won that battle then and so controlled the history of how it is portrayed.
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