Thanks for keeping this conversation alive. It is my heritage but I did not specifically identify the luddites among them as I was unfamiliar with the history until I read your article. Then I started reading Writings of the Luddites edited by Kevin Binfield which lead to reading The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson, which is about my heritage on my mothers side who was born and raised in London and told me that we come from a long line of crafters on her side of the family.
My parents met in London during the war. My Dad was born on a farm in Iowa and studied Industrial Design at Pratt institute, a field which he learned about as a farm boy in Iowa while reading Scientific American.- amazing that it existed way back in the 1930s.
Then, as now, there was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and so Industrial Design as Dad did it was not merely designing for induistry, it was reinventing industry itself- as production as an art form, but since Dad never had an interest in becoming a major corporation, no one understands that . Its my job to communicate it.