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Private insurers & big pharma are spending a fortune to scare folks about “Medicare for All”. Here’s the truth.

Medicare For All would save West Virginians money, provide better health care, and produce better outcomes. It would be a massive stimulus for West Virginia’s workers, families and small businesses, and it would immediately put $10 million back into West Virginia’s budget.

The biggest charges against Medicare for All are: 1) it would hurt current Medicare recipients 2) it would limit choices for patients and 3) it would be too expensive. All are false.

In fact, Medicare for All would be a huge benefit for the 433,000 West Virginians currently receiving Medicare. It would save them a great deal of…


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Before the Reich Court in Leipzig: The Defendant Marinus van der Lubbe with his Interpreter, September 24, 1933 (Source: Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz)

West Virginia state senator and senate education chair Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson County) recently took to the pages of the Washington Times to trot out some very wrong and oft-repeated myths about history and generally to be condescending towards “young people”. Her article was headlined, “Young people misunderstand socialism and its effects.”

Sen. Rucker is very concerned that young people are embracing socialism and she thinks they’re embracing socialism because they don’t understand what it means. She posits that it may be “because the word “socialism” and the way we hear it in the American vernacular has changed.”

It’s awful condescending…


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Photo: History.com “Union Miners Giving Up Their Guns”

If history is any indicator, there’s one thing that could cause the Republicans to quickly change their tune about gun rights in West Virginia: if West Virginia’s broad coalition of teachers and public school workers simply legally armed themselves, shoulder-slinged rifles and hip-holstered pistols, and descended on Charleston, WV to peacefully protest in defense of West Virginia’s public schools.

I suspect this would be the case, because the Second Amendment has never once in American history been legally applied to support the poor, or to support anyone who has challenged the rich and powerful in this country.

Racism and the Second Amendment: A Partial Story

In author and…


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“The Boston Tea Party,” by Luis Arcas Brauner, https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-boston-tea-party-luis-arcas-brauner.html

Author’s Note: What follows are my own observations and speculations. I have not been commissioned or requested to write this article by any organization or individual, period. I am a native-born West Virginian, originally hailing from Wheeling, WV. I recently bought a farm in Jefferson County, where I am writing now. I plan on raising my family here for decades to come. Any assertions to the contrary are blatant lies from individuals and organizations who aim to discredit my opinion on local matters, rather than engage in civil discussion or debate. …


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Jefferson County, WV’s Industrial Amazon

The multinational Denmark-based company Rockwool is moving full steam ahead with its plans to develop an industrial plant in rural Jefferson County.

And since January, a pro-industry group calling itself “Jefferson County Prosperity, Inc” has formed in full-throated support of the project. The faceless group hasn’t accomplished much. But they spend a lot of energy (and some money) on Facebook: cheer-leading foreign industries and sowing division in Jefferson County. More on that in a moment.

Rockwool is “an inorganic insulator made from stones or rocks by blowing a jet of steam through molten rock (such…


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Donald Trump recently visited my hometown, Wheeling, WV. The campaign stop made national headlines when Trump declared his love for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

And in advance of his visit, Donald Trump Junior wrote an op-ed to Wheeling’s newspaper, The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register.

It was offensive, simply put. Here’s why.

Don Jr. started with a true premise about globalization: Wheeling, West Virginia is the perfect example of the dangers of globalism. This is not a shocking statement, and progressive Democrats have been saying this for decades.

Everything Trump Jr. wrote from there falls into one of three categories…


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Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — isn’t a necessary organization. Abolishing ICE wouldn’t result in “open borders.” But it could absolutely lead to more efficient enforcement, and it would undoubtedly save taxpayers. And it wouldn’t just save taxpayers money. It would also free taxpayers from being complicit in one of America’s most brutal and overtly totalitarian organizations.

I’m not exaggerating when I refer to ICE as totalitarian. Hannah Arendt coined the term “Totalitarian” in the mid-20th century. Her seminal work, “The Origins of Totalitarianism” is over 700 pages long, describing the systems in Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union…


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Photo Credit: Payday Report

When Neoliberalism Went Mainstream

Since Jimmy Carter first pushed for austerity in 1978, there has been a bipartisan consensus in the United States and across much the world about the basic role of governments, both at-home and abroad.

This consensus has been especially strong within the English-speaking West, and in the 1990s it became dreadfully apparent that the Democrats in America and Labour in the United Kingdom had both been co-opted by “third way” politicians who became vocal supporters for “free-trade” and white-collar corporations, like the tech industry and the financial industry.

In the 1990s, the Iron Curtain officially fell…


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It’s been 99 years since Congress passed alcohol prohibition into law. It’s been 75 years since Congress repealed alcohol prohibition as a failure. And it’s been nearly 50 years since Nixon initiated a failed attempt at narcotics prohibition, known as the “War on Drugs.”

Congress went through the tedious process of passing a Constitutional Amendment to repeal alcohol prohibition — because it was a total failure, by any measure. Not only did prohibition backfire spectacularly — it made it hugely profitable to become a criminal… even for law enforcement officers.

As Historian Michael Lerner writes at PBS.org, “The sums of…

Troy N. Miller

Writer; Executive Producer, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow; Host, Waste of Breath Radio (Podcast); Collaborator, Thom Hartmann’s Hidden History Book Series

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