Vindicating the Luddites

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Dawie Coetzee

“The historical Luddites were not technophobes. They were instead technical experts in their field, intimately familiar with the technology of their industry. Their programme of destructive protest was not indiscriminate but specifically targeted those enterprises which most flagrantly exploited cheap labour. It was driven not by philosophical objections to ‘progress’ in the abstract: the Luddites did not oppose what we today call ‘technological unemployment’ but the imposition of an entirely new regime of economic relations through the capitalists’ manipulation of technology.” (06/23/22)