The cover of Brian Merchant's "Blood In the Machine"

The true tale of the Luddites starts with workers demanding that the laws be upheld. When factory owners began to buy automation systems for textile production, they did so in violation of laws that required collaboration with existing craft guilds – laws designed to ensure that automation was phased in gradually, with accommodations for displaced workers.

I recently came across Cory Doctorow’s review of Brian Merchant’s newly released book, “Blood in the Machine“.

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