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spinning jenny

an early type of spinning frame with several spindles, invented by James Hargreaves in 1764
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There is another surprise here, too - the mill houses one of the few remaining spinning jennies in existence.
According to Noble, Luddites "were perhaps the last people in the West to perceive technology in the present tense, and to act upon that perception." Actually, on the battlefield of innovation, best situated at the point of production to grasp what it meant for their dignity and livelihoods, unencumbered "by any alien and paralyzing notion of technological progress," bothered less by gig mills and spinning jennies than by "the efforts of capital to restructure social relations and the patterns of production at their expense,'' seeing "not some inevitable unfolding of destiny but rather the political creation of a system of domination that entailed their undoing;' well, they said no thanks.
In classic business-cycle theory, a boom is initiated by a clutch of inventions -- power looms and spinning jennies in the eighteenth century, railways in the nineteenth century, automobiles in the twentieth century.