The most common use of the term “Luddite” refers to someone who is opposed to technology, the kind of person who keeps their land line around a decade after everyone else has picked up a mobile. But this is wrong. Luddism isn’t an opposition to technology per se—it’s an assertion that we must take a critical look at technology’s relationship to labor and working conditions. Luddism does look askance at technology that reduces people’s autonomy or makes working life miserable—and that makes it a very useful perspective to have on hand today. This is a brisk read that locates echoes of Luddism in current practices like the free software and right-to-repair movements, and makes the case for rescuing Luddism from the dustheap. More like this.