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View Diary: Losing the Class War: What's the Matter With West Virginia? (194 comments)

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  •  West Virginia has always had this status; (1+ / 0-)
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    it dates back centuries. Partly it's the curse of coal (a resource-based economy almost invariably accrues all wealth to a kleptocratic class), partly it's the feudal system that passes for W. VA politics to the present day. Industrialization could have come there in the 19th century, but the barons would have lost some of their control of their serfs, so they kept factories out and wages down.

    •  Curse of Coal (0+ / 0-)

      Really if you look at nearly all states where energy is a dominant force they are some of the poorest least educated areas.

      Although I'm a country person and love living out in the sticks I often think that we should set a limit on how far say coal and gas are shipped.

      That way the factories housing and other income generating things that come from the raw coal or gas would generate income to the residents that have to put up with the side effects of their production.

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