1 Ruth Seeley December 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

The Luddites were a fascinating movement, no doubt about it. In my lifetime I have seen the ‘small is beautiful’/'bigger is better’ war waged several times already and have concluded it’s a cyclical argument (the cycle lasting about 7 years – look at government centralization/regionalization as well as businesses).

I’d love to know what the Shaker position on the Luddites was. The Shakers invented both the washing machine, a device for making apple sauce, and a mass-production method for their labour-saving chairs because they believed simultaneously in fine craftsmanship as a way of praising (G)god but didn’t believe life should be brutally hard. They do say the ability to hold two opposing thoughts simultaneously is a sign of intelligence…..

2 Andrew Maynard December 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Very interesting question Ruth – thanks. Will have to seek out a Shaker expert for a follow-on guest blog.

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