Do you know who's Ned Lud?

I've heard about Ned Lud, the man who hates technology, and new working methods.

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    Ned Ludd or Ned Lud is the person from whom the Luddites took their name. His actions were the inspiration for the folkloric character of "Captain Ludd" (also known as King or General) who became the Luddites' imagined leader and founder.

    Although no actual proof of his existence has been found, it is believed that he came from the village of Anstey, just outside Leicester.

    The incident that inspired his transformation from 1700s common man to 1800s hero to the proletariat, was when he broke two stocking frames in a fit of rage. This incident is identified as being in 1779, rather than at the time of the Luddites in the 1810s.

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    The character of Ned Ludd has been commemorated in the folk ballad "General Ludd's Triumph".

    Later Chumbawamba recorded a version of this song on their 1985 release, English Rebel Songs 1381-1984.

    In the same year Robert Calvert wrote and recorded another song "Ned Ludd", appearing on his 1985 album Freq; which includes lyrics such as: They said Ned Ludd was an idiot boy/That all he could do was wreck and destroy, and/He turned to his workmates and said: Death to Machines/They tread on our future and they stamp on our dreams.

    The album Bloody Men (2006) by the folk-rock band Steeleye Span has a 5-part section on the subject of Ned Ludd.

    The Heaven Shall Burn song "The Final March" has a direct reference to Captain Ludd.

    This is directly from this site.:

    This is about the movement the was created based on this character:

    The Luddites were a social movement of British textile artisans in the early nineteenth century who protested — often by destroying textile machines — against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt threatened their livelihood.

    This English historical movement has to be seen in its context of the harsh economic climate due to the Napoleonic Wars; but since then, the term Luddite has been used to describe anyone opposed to technological progress and technological change. For the modern movement of opposition to technology, see neo-luddism.

    The Luddite movement, which began in 1811, was named after a mythical leader, Ned Ludd. For a short time the movement was so strong that it clashed in battles with the British Army. Measures taken by the government included a mass trial at York in 1813 that resulted in many executions and transportations (removal to a penal colony).

    Their principal objection was to the introduction of new wide-framed looms that could be operated by cheap, relatively unskilled labour, resulting in the loss of jobs for many textile workers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes, the central character around whom the Luddite movement is based. Throwback.

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