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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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NEO-LUDDITESAND PANICMONGERS

One of the West’s current problems - especially in Europe - is growing Luddism and panic mongering. Luddism, it should be said, is named after an anti-technology movement that existed in England from 1811 to 1817, where the so-called Luddites regularly stormed into factories and smashed their machines. Modern Luddites are increasingly inhibiting the West’s creative machinery, which, as we have seen, is vital for providing the solutions to many challenges.

In 1841, the Scottish writer and journalist Charles Mackay published a magnificent book, which now seems as relevant as ever. Its title is Extraordinary Popular ...

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