Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites And Their War On The Industrial Revolution: Lessons For The…

Paperback | April 17, 1996

byKirkpatrick Sale

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Kirkpatrick Sale is at the tumultuous center of a technology backlash, actively challenging Bill Gates on the one hand and the Unabomber on the other. The subject of bets, barbs, and grudging praise in the pages of WIRED, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The New Yorker,Rebels Against the Future takes us back to the first technology backlash, the short-lived and fierce Luddite rebellion of 1811. Sale tells the compelling story of the Luddites' struggle to preserve their jobs and way of life by destroying the machines that threatened to replace them; he then invokes a new-Luddite spirit in response to today's technological revolution and calls for another sort of rebellion: not one of violence but rather of intellectually and ethically sound protest.

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The first popular history of the rebellion against technology that still reverberates today. In the 1990s we use the term "luddite" to refer to anyone not enamored of technology. Now the author of The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy takes us back to the time when being a Luddite could get you hanged.

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Kirkpatrick Sale is at the tumultuous center of a technology backlash, actively challenging Bill Gates on the one hand and the Unabomber on the other. The subject of bets, barbs, and grudging praise in the pages of WIRED, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The New Yorker,Rebels Against the Future takes us back to the first technology ba...

Kirkpatrick Sale is a contributing editor of The Nation and the author of many books, including Conquering Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:April 17, 1996Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201407183

ISBN - 13:9780201407181

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The first popular history of the rebellion against technology that still reverberates today. In the 1990s we use the term "luddite" to refer to anyone not enamored of technology. Now the author of The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy takes us back to the time when being a Luddite could get you hanged.