I've spent the last few years in my own personal research trying to wrap my head around the various forms of rural and right-wing resentment in the Northwest and it's all just stuff like this. Liberals and the modern right are just on completely different planets.
Liberals: "Here's this new technology that could keep the planet alive."

Conservatives: "Why don't you just come and kidnap my children into sex slavery while you are at it!"
Which of course is in fact an actual gigantic conspiracy theory on the right, i.e., Pizzagate

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20 Feb
This Day in Labor History: February 20, 1893. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad went into receivership. This was the first step toward the Panic of 1893, the greatest economic crisis in American history prior to the Great Depression! Let's talk about its impact on workers!
The nineteenth century economy was inherently unstable. With a weak central government and lot of hostility to centralized control of the economy, it did not take much to tank the economy. Booms and busts were common.
In the post-Civil War era, the railroad was the dominant industry.
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19 Feb
This Day in Labor History: February 19, 1910. The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company fired 173 union members to bust a strike of its drivers, leading to a general strike and general uproar, culminating in an all-too-rare victory for workers in the early twentieth century!!!
Streetcar workers often had it pretty tough in the Gilded Age, making the field one with strong union support from workers.
In 1909, the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees Local 477, the American Federation of Labor-affiliated union for streetcar drivers, wanted to win a contract for the Philadelphia drivers. This was not some radical union.
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17 Feb
This Day in Labor History: February 17, 1992. Graduate students at Yale University went on strike. Time to put aside my animus for elite institutions to discuss graduate school unionization, since this is the strike everyone wants to talk about. So let's! Image
Still, before we get into this, I do have the make the principled point that the focus on the Yale graduate students instead of the many other graduate students who unionize is the same process by which the New York Times only talks about Yale and Harvard. Elites beget elites.
Graduate student unionization has long been controversial on college campuses. Are graduate students primarily students or apprentices?
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17 Feb
I was unaware liberals hated teacher unions. Who are these liberals again? Joe Biden? No. Nancy Pelosi? No.

Did Menaker check with Randi Weingarten about this? Or does she hate teachers unions too?

Or is this just complete bullshit as per usual?
Yes, there are a few putative liberals like Chait or Rahm who feel this way. But it's not only ridiculous but utterly Fox News-esque to take from this that *liberals* hate teachers unions.
Moreover, who is it that is making fun of Chait and Rahm all the time for being anti-teacher union and charter school hacks? Most of the time, it's liberals!
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14 Feb
This Day in Labor History: February 14, 1940. A group of Navajos write a letter of protest against the livestock reduction program the government forced upon them. Let's talk about how the New Deal transformed Navajo work culture in a shockingly negative way.
The four Navajos were named Scott Preston, Julius Begay, Frank Goldtooth, and Judge Many Children. They wrote, in part, "The Navajo Indians are not opposed to grazing permits as such, in fact we believe they heartily approve them if the manner of issuance is fair...
....and the limits are sufficiently high to permit the family to exist.

For instance, in our own district (No.3) the sheep unit is set at 282. If a person has 5 horses, that would be the equivalent to 25 sheep; 1 head of cattle is the equivalent of 4 sheep....
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13 Feb
This Day in Labor History: February 13, 1837. The Equal Rights Party, better known as the Loco Focos although a pejorative from the city’s Whigs, held a rally in City Hall Park in New York City to protest the high cost of living. Let's talk about this early labor action!
This led to the Flour Riot, where workers raided flour mills to gain what they thought what rightfully belonged to them at a much lower price than they paid.
This brief moment of labor agitation is a good window into both the problems early 19th century urban workers faced, as well as their nascent labor organizations.
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