LUDDITES, HIPPIES AND ROBOTS: AUTOMATION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF RESISTANCE
By Carl G. Hedman
It is argued that neither David Noble’s call for a new Luddism on the part of workers nor Andre Gorz’ reliance on the emergence of a “non-class of non-workers” provides an adequate strategy for resisting problematic uses of automation. Instead, their differing emphases present us with an old dilemma: How to avoid utopianism (where a vision of the future floats above history) without falling into a problematic conservatism (where present interests simply reflect the status quo). In the concluding sections it is argued that an effective resistance can be developed only if traditional worker constituencies enter into an alliance with movements for racial and sexual equality.
page: 273 – 291
Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation
Volume 7, Issue 2