The industrial revolution was a time of great imagination and progress. The inventions that allowed new products to be manufactured created a demand that caused a vicious cycle that propelled some people to prosperity, while at the same time held people down in poverty. It was almost never the intent of the inventors, scientists, and other brilliant people to cause such a chasm between the working class and the industrial machine, but it was, nonetheless, created.
The role of government today in regulating industry is geared more towards protecting the worker. Back in the early days of the industrial revolution the opposite was the norm. Life for people who worked in factories and mills often had despicable wages and working conditions. Workers finally had to ban together to improve their wages and working conditions and this often resulted in violent confrontations. Some of these issues still exist today. Some may argue the industrial revolution is still happening, but is it?