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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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Perhaps the best antidote to Ludditism has been provided by Henry Hazlitt in his critique of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Hillary Clinton of her day.
The operative phrase here is "reasonably competitive." An anonymous pre-publication review of this article called it "Ludditism," an ill-considered label in that the reform would not displace machines per se, as the Luddites sought to do.
Those who disagree are accused by Wu of "Intellectual Ludditism" in "Acts of Butchery: Wordsworth as Editor," The Wordsworth Circle Z3 (1992): 157.
We don't encourage doom, gloom, doubt or anxiety, certainly not Ludditism.
On Wednesday afternoons from September 30, The Luddites will explore the development of Ludditism in Kirklees.