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Volume 20  Number 2  •  Fall 2015
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Countering the Modern Luddite Impulse
By Tom Lehman
This article appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of The Independent Review

The Luddites of today don’t necessarily oppose technology per se, but they do worry that labor-saving software and automation will harm lower-income workers. Although “skill-biased technological change” has contributed to a rise in income inequality since the early 1980s, innovations will deliver net benefits to the less affluent so long as the state’s capacity for mischief is constrained.

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