Entrance £ 3 ( to cover cost of room hire & background notes) FREE TEA & COFFEE…. or bring your own wine/beer....then we often retire to the local pub afterwards ......
Location: Bethnal Green (opposite tube)
The Luddites were a social movement of 19th-century English textile artisans who protested – often by destroying mechanised looms – against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt were leaving them without work and changing their way of life. The movement was named after General Ned Ludd or King Ludd,in fact , a mythical figure .
Neo-Luddism conjures pre-technological life "a return to nature and what are imagined as more natural communities"…… "The industrial revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in 'advanced' countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilled, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world." (Theodore Kaczynski )
The more moderate Reform Luddism recognizes the many benefits of the evolving industrial society and embraces the inevitability of change while recognizing that change does not compel the uncritical adoption of new, seemingly useful innovations which may have unanticipated consequences. The balance of benefit and burden for acceptance of new technologies must be arrived at individually. The Reform Luddite movement resists the trend toward industrialization but does not reject and seeks to ensure that change does truly produce a net benefit overall.
We will listen to a recording & supply some background notes on this memorable event in History & what benefits , if any, we can learn from it today .