[Marxism] Dollar Meals and Diabetes

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 9 06:02:06 MST 2019

Logan County, West Virginia was the epicenter of the final battle of the 
“mine wars” of the 20th century: the Battle of Blair Mountain. In 1921, 
thousands of miners—white, black and immigrant—stood together and took 
up arms against the forces of state and corporate terror that held them 
hostage in coal country. They were proud workers and they knew they 
deserved better. To the defeated and discouraged working class of 
present-day Appalachia, the story of the Battle of Blair Mountain must 
sound like a fairy tale.

Today, Logan County is ground zero for another battle—the struggle to 
survive in a region with the highest rates of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in 
the country.[1] It is a place where all the risk factors for this global 
pandemic come together: chronic economic stress, broken communities, 
powerlessness, poverty, and toxic food.


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