Luddism was a working-class movement opposed to the political consequences of industrial capitalism. The Luddites wanted technology to be deployed in ways that made work more humane and gave workers more autonomy. The bosses, on the other hand, wanted to drive down costs and increase productivity.

theconversation.com/im-a-luddi

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@neauoire I like a quote from Lord Byron's speech on the matter:

> But the police, however useless, were by no means idle: several notorious delinquents had been detected; men liable to conviction, on the clearest evidence, of the capital crime of poverty; men, who had been nefariously guilty of lawfully begetting several children, whom, thanks to the times! —they were unable to maintain.

There's also this commentary and its relationship with unionism:

fifthestate.org/archive/271-ap

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