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And what about East Virginia?

May 6, 2017

If you want to see what happens in a one-industry state when organized labor loses its strength, just take a look at West Virginia today.

How West Virginia Lost the Workers’ Revolution” is a long and really good introduction by one Hamilton Nolan to just how my home state went to hell. There isn’t anything really new here, but Nolan brings a lot of threads together to present a coherent picture.

The tl;dr version: WV has been owned (and systematically duped) by its coal companies for more than a hundred years, but it’s only gotten worse in the 21st Century.

Some more telling quotes from Nolan’s article:

There are plenty of towns down here too small to have a store, but none too small to have a church.


[Matewan’s] local branch of the United Mine Workers has 800 members—and all of them are retired.

Oh, and one link from the comments, which for a wonder aren’t entirely a cesspit this time: a reminder that Hillary Clinton actually had a plan to help coal towns get out of the 19th Century:

Just so you know…

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