A Matter of Trust

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It's said that when Dutch textile workers in the 15th century felt their livelihoods were being threatened by automation, they threw their wooden shoes — sabots in French — into the cogs to break the machines and save their jobs. Hence, sabotage. Though this story has never been confirmed, it illustrates the concept of sabotage very well: a worker believes his or her job is threatened, and thus schemes to put the competition out of business.

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