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Luddite

A term for workers in the early 19th century in Britain who opposed the Industrial Revolution because increased mechanization was changing the economy and leaving them without jobs. The term has come to mean any person who opposes technological changes, especially those that impact the economy.
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Where he differentiates his product from that of Rachel Carson and Ivan Illich is in his explicit attempt to co-opt the Luddite riots for his ideological purpose and to endow them with the values of activists chaining themselves to nuclear power plants or intellectuals on the talk-show tour.
It featured the Luddite riots, involving the burning of mills, and made "there's trouble at t'mill" a catchphrase.
During the Luddite riots some of the Luddite families where starving and a poor relief collection was set up Rev Patrick Bronte who donated one guinea which was lot of money in whose days.
At Red House in Gomersal, "The Secret's Out" gallery explores Charlotte Bront's connections with the Spen Valley area and how she dramatised the Luddite riots in the area in her novel Shirley.