When you're damn near broke fighting Big Business & Captured Gov't is hard when you are in a union. Just imagine what it's like, under similar circumstances, when you're not in a union ( I work around Teamsters every day ). Our legal and economic system has created an " every week is shit on your neighbor week " environment since the Nixon Era. The Carter & Clinton Adms.didn't stop the bleeding either. Obama has made some effort but faces a gutter-type politics mired in racist undertones and overt reactionary vitriol.The problem centers, as always, around $$$ in politics. Public financing of elections, at all levels, is a cure for a lot of this current " working class malaise " . And, our elected officials appear to not want to have this important conversation. Until that happens the Blankenships of the world will continue to bulldoze their way to the top of the slag heap. Destroying history and collective memory along the way, too. Great article and fresh perspective, btw.