Opponents of the introduction of labor-saving machinery. The original Luddites, followers of a legendary Ned Ludd, were British laborers of the early nineteenth century who smashed textile-making machines that threatened their jobs.
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Graedon comes down firmly on the side of the luddites, but her vision of the future is less alarmist than alarmingly within reach.
Paul Krugman has a column today on a topic you don't normally get much of from economists: sympathy for the Luddites.
Among the numerous manufacturers whose works were attacked by the Luddites, was the inventor of the bobbin-net machine himself.Self-Help|Samuel Smiles
The attitude of the Luddites had become more openly threatening.
I suppose it will not be for very long, for I expect that we shall not hear very much more of the Luddites.
The attack on the mill has come at last and we have given the Luddites a handsome thrashing.
In November many Luddites were convicted, and sixteen were executed by sentence of a special commission sitting at York.The Political History of England - Vol XI|George Brodrick