And The 2014 ITIF Luddite Award Winners Are…The 4 States That Blocked Tesla Direct Sales

FEB 10 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 16

Michigan Is Home To Zero Tesla Stores

Michigan Is Home To Zero Tesla Stores

One month ago, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) announced the nominees for its first Luddite Award.

“Luddite has become a common insult to describe people who are opposed to inevitable technology innovations, deriving its origin from craftsmen who opposed mechanized textile innovations in the 19th Century.”

Earlier this week, the winners of the Luddite Award were announced:

“The victors are the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas, which all took action last year to prevent Tesla from opening stores in their states to sell cars directly to consumers. Coming in second was the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its opposition to smart guns.”

Victors?  How ’bout we call them “losers” instead?

Press release below:

Efforts to Block Tesla Win ITIF’s Luddite of the Year

WASHINGTON – (February 5, 2015) After a month-long public vote, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has announced the “winner” of its 2014 Luddite Awards. The victors are the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas, which all took action last year to prevent Tesla from opening stores in their states to sell cars directly to consumers. Coming in second was the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its opposition to smart guns.

ITIF created the Luddite Awards to highlight the worst anti-technology ideas and/or actions of the year and the negative impacts they could cause for the economy and society as a whole. Ten finalists were announced January 5 and the general public was asked to select the worst of the worst.

The states blocking Tesla received 34 percent of the vote. The NRA’s smart gun position received 27 percent of the vote followed by Stop Smart Meters’ efforts to prevent smart innovation in meters and cars with 15 percent.

“The central challenge of our time is the need to rapidly increase living standards and quality of life for all of the world’s citizens,” says Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. “Innovation and technological development are absolutely essential to achieving this goal, but over the last decade a vast array of organizations have stepped up their efforts thwart technological innovation. By highlighting the most egregious examples of these efforts we hope to better educate the public and policymakers on why Luddite opposition is profoundly mistaken.”

The ten Luddite nominees were:

The National Rifle Association’s Opposition to Smart Guns

The Vermont Legislature Passes Law Requiring GMO Food Labeling

Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas Take Action to Prevent Tesla From Opening Stores to Sell Cars Directly to Consumers

The French Government Stops Amazon From Providing Free Shipping on Books

“Stop Smart Meters” Seeks To Stop Smart Innovation in Meters and Cars

Free Press Lobbies for Rules to Stop Innovation in Broadband Networks

New York State Cracks Down on Airbnb and its Hosts

Virginia and Nevada Take on Ride Share

The Media and Pundits Claiming That “Robots” Are Killing Jobs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Opposition to Health IT

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16 Comments on "And The 2014 ITIF Luddite Award Winners Are…The 4 States That Blocked Tesla Direct Sales"

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“Michigan Is Home To Zero Tesla Stores”
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Hey, we got 1 supercharger, LOL.

WTF?? “The Vermont Legislature Passes Law Requiring GMO Food Labeling” I’m sure Monsanto loved that one.
How does labeling count as being anti technology? I like to know what I’m eating.
Do these morons thing that all technology is automatically good for us?

umm, Thats just why they got nominated. Not all of them are tech related.

Monsanto has tried to sue Vermont over that issue, in a flagrant exhibition of corporate hubris.
I agree with you, ALL states should require GMO food labeling, and I don’t know why that was on the list either.

I too feel Vermont to be courageous and by far the most advanced state, along with California by far. This nomination should have been rejected and never made the list.

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Agreed!

Meh. I’m split on this. In general, just requiring labeling is no big deal. But the issue here is that the public have a very misinformed view on the safety of GMOs. Scientists say they are safe. So labeling just creates a false worry in many people.

But on the other side, if democracy says they should label then perhaps they should label them and then teach the public that there is nothing wrong with GMOs. The food is the same except a slight change in DNA which caused some beneficial factor (like faster growth, longer shelf-life, pest resistance, etc.).

The current Gluten-free trend is bizarre. Yes, there are a few people that do have a gluten problem. But for most people, there is no issue yet a lot of people are going on gluten-free diets with no scientific basis. But whatever, I guess people are free to do what they want.

the GMO rather spoils the article

Totaly agree on that one.
Labelling is technology advance not “obscurantisme”.
Strange call!

What needs to happen is that the American consumer needs to be prodded into action to demand the removal of antiquated automobile franchised dealership laws, protecting that much reviled monopoly. Articles such as the following need to imprint themselves on the American psyche.
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2015/01/19/laws-protecting-auto-franchises-are-bad-for-consumers-and-innovation

Yeah, those laws are outdated. They served a purpose when there were fewer cars makers, less reliable cars, cars that needed more maintenance, no internet, etc. But things are different now.

And Tesla is right in that they just can’t work as well in traditional dealerships because those traditional dealerships will steer people to gas cars that have a bigger profit margin, provide more maintenance profits, provide more spare parts profits, provide more repair profits, etc.

Not really luddite. More like cartel supporters.

The NRA deserves one for the laws they got making it illegal to study gun deaths using Federal money. That is literally anti-science.

GEOGRAPHY IS DEAD! These states need to wake up and smell the coffee… You can just as easily buy your coffee from Belize as you can buy a Tesla.. and have it shipped to your door. Sure it’s kind of a pain.. but so are most dealers. Companies that have relied on geography to thrive will soon see themselves barely surviving because if someone can do it cheaper and get it to their door.. You are useless to them.
And this coming from a guy that used to work at a car dealership.. and believes in the dealer model for the most part. But dealers can and need to compete on service, care and trust… because the buying and ownership can be the very best way to provide for your community.