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
Bill had dropped in, and they sat talking of the doings of the Luddites till it was later than usual.
I suppose it will not be for very long, for I expect that we shall not hear very much more of the Luddites.
Fourteen of the others were hung, as were five Luddites who were tried before another tribunal.
Luddites was a name given to malcontents who went about destroying labor-saving machinery.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell