Luddism in Modern America
Last edited 21st October 2020Tech and Social Structure Social Change
So if the Luddites weren’t attacking the technological foundations of industry, what made them so frightening to manufacturers? And what makes them so memorable even now? Credit on both counts goes largely to a phantom.
Very much like Antifa. No leader, just ghosts the scare conservatives and law enforcement.
They confined their attacks to manufacturers who used machines in what they called “a fraudulent and deceitful manner” to get around standard labor practices. “They just wanted machines that made high-quality goods,” says Binfield, “and they wanted these machines to be run by workers who had gone through an apprenticeship and got paid decent wages.
This is one of the underpinnings of modern American socialism. Not to destroy the system, but to mold it to better serve the greater good.