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Rebels Against the Future by Kirkpatrick Sale
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Feb 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction

An interesting combination of History Of British Luddites 1811-1813 and Neo-Luddite Manifesto. Has an excessively romantic view of pre-industrial societies, at least (specifically) where the Amish are concerned, although I have no first-hand experience of the other groups he mentions. The history part is well-researched and thorough; the Luddites were a fascinating movement that not a lot of people really know about--apart from the ubiquitous anti-technology epithet that has as much to do with the actual Luddites as the epithet "Puritan" has to do with the settlers who founded my great city. (Which is to say, there is a certain general similarity but the specifics and details have been lost.)

The manifesto part was interesting and gave me a lot of things to think about.

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