Comments on: Were Luddites the victims of 2011-style finances? http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/03/11/were-luddites-the-victims-of-2011-style-finances/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: bicirider http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/03/11/were-luddites-the-victims-of-2011-style-finances/comment-page-1/#comment-6679 Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:12:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5522#comment-6679 It is important to keep in mind about the Luddites that they weren’t anti-technology per se, but, rather, were opposed some particular technologies that they saw-quite rightly-as degrading their livelihoods. Though “luddite” has long been something of an epithet, it is worth noting that nearly all forms of working class struggle are closely related to Luddite sabotage. Outsourcing is a (social) technology that tends to degrade domestic and foreign livelihoods: when it is opposed, whether by jingoistic protectionists or by labor unions, people are acting as Luddites.

This article gets it exactly backwards: the economic relations (within and between State powers) are outgrowths of the social relations at the site of production. Credit, inflation, expropriation by a wealthy elite, were made possible by a revolution in the social relations of production: the industrial revolution. Perceval wouldn’t have gone to the length of execution for vandalism if the Luddites weren’t onto an effective tactic.

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By: meleze http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/03/11/were-luddites-the-victims-of-2011-style-finances/comment-page-1/#comment-6678 Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:39:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5522#comment-6678 This story is also used by the professor Alain Gras in his book “the selection of the fire” to oppose an economics, following the laws of thermodynamics and an economics of the burning of the fossiles ressources which is negentropic. It is very interesting but could be questionned by the use of internet that the luddites hadn’t but would be very pleased to add to their manual handicraft!!

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