"Luddite" as insult. "Luddite" as ahistoricism. "Luddite," depoliticized.
There is widespread ignorance about science and technology. For example, we have people with computer chips in their head right now, and it improves their life. Many of us have elderly members with cochlear implants, but most people don’t understand that these are computers hooked up to people’s brain, effectively… Sex change is a common thing nowadays, some surgery and hormone therapy does the trick. You do not need a vagina or even a penis to procreate… we have had in vitro fertilization since the 1970s… it is quite common today. People don’t understand the evolution of agriculture, they know little about pesticides… They don’t bother learning about the issues, they just want reassuring labels.
But ignorance only explains so much of the fear…
There is also a very strong Luddite agenda backed by what I call “nature worship”.
The "Luddite problem," I'd wager, is not knowing what the hell the term means other than this caricature. Ironically, "the Luddite problem" is precisely the "reassuring label" that Lemire decries here.