Wednesday, July 18, 2012

History we can ill afford to forget: The Battle of Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain | Common Dreams

Blair Mountain, amid today’s rising corporate exploitation and state repression, represents a piece of American history that corporate capitalists, and especially the coal companies, would have us forget. It is a reminder that citizens have a right to resist a corporate machine intent on subjugating them. It is a reminder that all the openings of our democracy were achieved with the toil, anguish and sometimes blood of radicals and popular fronts, from labor unions to anarchists, socialists and communists. But this is not approved history.
This is the history, I fear, we are setting ourselves up to repeat.

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