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Was what the Luddites did right or wrong?


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Answered 2007-04-18 02:49:43

The "Luddites" were mostly dedicated to destroying machines and new inventions being instituted in the mills and workplaces of the day: The workers feared their numbers would be drastically reduced and their livelihoods were being threatened; they were not simply against change in general. Trade unions were not allowed, so there was so legitimate place to turn. The penalties for the destruction were quite severe, so one must assume they acted out of desperation, although it has been noted there was a revolutionary "tinge" on the part of some participants. Whether the actions were right or wrong would be decided in the minds of the men who acted, and those who were acted upon, I suppose, although in the view of the law, they were definitely wrong.


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