With all of the changes happening during the Industrial Revolution, some weren’t as keen on new technologies and machineries as others. With this, Luddism was created. Webster’s Dictionary defines Luddism as “Any of a group of British workers who between 1811 and 1816 rioted and destroyed laborsaving textile machinery in the belief that such machinery would diminish employment.”


Luddites beginning to destroy a machine during the Industrial Revolution times.

Luddites beginning to destroy a machine during the Industrial Revolution times.


The term “Luddites” came from the people of this time who were against the Industrial Revolution. These were a passionate group of hard working textile workers during the revolution who rebelled in fear that their jobs would be taken away. Luddites would go around and destroy any new machinery with any weapons they had on hand at the time. They believed that the new machines would force them out of jobs and in return, destroy their families and communities. However, the idea of Luddism is not for violence. Instead, the ideals that surround Luddism come from a pride of things that are human and hand made. “It is a philosophy that respects
tradition, intuition, spirituality, the senses, human relationships, the work of the hand, and the disorderly and unpredictable nature of reality, as opposed to a mechanistic or reductionist construct of the world.”

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In today’s modern times, the term “Luddite” is used as a stylish insult used to explain a person who is slow to adapt to new technology.


This video is a British- punk rock band that explains Luddites and also shows how Luddites are used and talked about in pop culture.


Written by: Kellyn Staneart



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