Monday, 5 September 2011


Landes (1998) contends that the Luddite opposition to the “free market and opposition to technological 'progress' were roughly equivalent”. He proposes that the Luddites’ opposed the advancement into modern society with its elevated standards of living in urbanized nations was due to the exercise of technology for personal gain, a situation that mirrors the protesting of the WTO in recent times.

Neo-Luddism has become tantamount to the opposition to progressing technology due with the cultural changes associated with it. The movement inaugurated in Nottingham in 1811 reflects the cultural opposition to technology prevenient in many groups and companies today.

"It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new”, (Machiavelli, Il principe). As such it is also difficult to accept that our changes are any different from those of preceding generations.

  • Landes, David (1998) “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor”, W. W. Norton & Company
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò (1513) “Il principe” (The Prince)

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