A follower of Ned Ludd.
Some of Ned's mates smashed up automated weaving looms because they made a lot of weavers redundant. The plot was not very effective.
Eventually, the drop in price of cloth made by automated looms enabled the export of cloth to make England so rich it could afford an Empire*, and even the poor could afford to wear clothes. However, that was after two or three generations of abject poverty.
*Empires cost a lot of money. Sure they make a lot for a few, but in general, they eat money cos of the cost of the military.