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 for luddite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Luddite \Lud"dite\, n.
     One of a number of riotous persons in England, who for six
     years (1811-17) tried to prevent the use of labor-saving
     machinery by breaking it, burning factories, etc.; -- so
     called from Ned Lud, a half-witted man who some years
     previously had broken stocking frames. --J. & H. Smith. --H.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any opponent of technological progress
      2: one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed
         laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause

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