The Role of Technology

Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson

Argument: the benefits of technological progress accrued to the elites (especially the Catholic church) and not to the masses. When conditions for the English working class did subsequently improve in the second half of the 19th century, it was due to the growing political power of the working class, as well as the growing importance of labor unions. 


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