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View Diary: Shutdown of 150th coal plant reminder that so-called 'war on coal' must not be war on coal workers (118 comments)

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  •  It's basic social decency (2+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener, Calamity Jean

    to give people help.  But in this case, the problem is structural.  If you fire a few people in an otherwise healthy market, then they can be reabsorbed in various directions.  But if you fire an entire town, then the entire economy of that region turns to zombie-land rubble.  

    Like it or not, all economies are "managed" -- the question is whether they are managed in good or bad ways.  Mine workers have been managed in horrifically toxic ways, even though our lives have benefitted considerably from their work.  I don't think it is wrong to target an entire industry or labor force for repurposing.

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