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Social Europe: Luddism In the age of Uber

A common response to the wave of protests over Uber is that its opponents are ‘Luddites’. The implication is that resistance to new technology today will prove futile, just as it did in the nineteenth century, when the original Luddites were unable to prevent the rise of the factory.  This view misunderstands what Luddism represented, and fails to see why its example is still relevant.

Dr Simon Deakin, Director of the Centre for Business Research writes in Social Europe.

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