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 Post subject: Do you think the Industrial Revolution was a good thing?
PostPosted: February 23rd, 2017, 8:56 pm 
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Here's a very good quote from the book Bilbury Chronicles - Book 5 The Young Country Doctor:

"People speak of the industrial revolution as though it was something wonderful. But it put families into terraced houses and factories and chained them to grimy factory benches and took away people's pride and joy and independence and enthusiasm and replaced the missing joy and pride with boredom and dullness and insecurity and fear. They built schools it is true but they were only to prepare children for working long days in factories and to keep them out of the way so that mothers could work too. The industrial revolution was never a revolution of or for the people but a revolution for the rich. People sneer at the Luddites but they had a point."

Ha, well hey, I'm a Luddite then!! But the part about the revolution being "for the rich" was certainly true. It enslaved everyone else and there's absolutely no question about that. Look at how many Americans were transformed into millionaires during that early period in our growing america, on the backs of others. It's a part of a "growing america" we could now live better without, IMPO. It was too much too fast, was the biggest part of the problem. And now we have huge cities with mega-problems and no one with solutions. People are crammed together and we expect no trouble?? Are we nuts? I couldn't stand to live in a city like Chicago or NYC or LA anymore. It would drive me batty. I like the forests, the creeks and streams and lakes, the wide open prairies, the beautiful canyons, the hills that are green even in winter because of the huge amount of pine trees . . . you simply don't get that in a city unless it's a manufactured, controlled area (like central park, for instance). Yuk.

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/who-were-the-luddites

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