The situation in Appalachia can easily be called the creation of a neo-colonial Banana Republic by big business interests and corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle. Banana Republics are defined as, “politically unstable countries whose economies are largely dependent on exporting a limited-resource product, e.g. bananas. It typically has stratified social classes, including a large, impoverished working class and a ruling plutocracy of business, political, and military elites. This politico-economic oligarchy controls the primary-sector productions to exploit the country’s economy.”
Appalachia has been a Banana Republic in one way or another for over a century, and the global capitalists are now looking to transform the region into a fiefdom. For generations, the people of Appalachia have been able to use the bio-diversity and environment of the region to support themselves through home-based agriculture, hunting, fishing, and other means to support themselves and their families. But due to increasing levels of pollution, economic exploitation, and political cronyism, the way of life for millions of White Appalachians is under siege.
No region exposes Leftist anti-White lies of “White Privilege” quite like Appalachia. According to the latest census, over twenty five million people live in Appalachia with 85% of the population being classified as non-Hispanic White. If you remove the few metropolitan areas of Appalachia such as Knoxville, Tennessee which is a fifth non-White or Cincinnati, Ohio which is over half non-White you find that the population in places like Central Appalachia is over 95% non-Hispanic White. This overwhelmingly White region is the poorest part of America, has the lowest level of college education, and has decaying infrastructure akin to a Second or Third World country in some places yet is almost entirely ignored by both the media and the political class, save for the periodic drive-by poverty porn.
This environmental and human catastrophe is not an accident. It is the product of a specific plan by Big Coal and other industries to allow them and their stockholders to use, abuse, loot and exploit the region for their personal gain, collaborating with local, regional, and national politicians to poison the land and impoverish the people for profit.
Young people in Appalachia are growing up in a region that has a 20% poverty rate regionwide, and as high as 30% or 40% in specific areas in Central Appalachia. While the federal government enshrines racial discrimination against Whites through Affirmative Action, racial hiring quotas for jobs and government contracts, young poor Whites miss out on crucial opportunities to help beat cycles of generational poverty. The average American school district has $12,000 per pupil per year, but many Appalachia communities receive under $10,000 per pupil per year, reinforcing the cycle.
With the total number of coal jobs decreasing dramatically over the past generation, young Appalachians need to learn new skills both at the university and at the technical level in order to bring new economic opportunities to their communities. With an underfunded and unsupported education system, poor Appalachian youth have few options beyond service industry jobs, chronic subsistence-level welfare dependency, or being forced to leave their homes and families to seek opportunity elsewhere.
There is no privilege to be found in the hollows and hills of Appalachia, only an increasingly small number of jobs in the remaining mines and factories. The coal companies have no interest in supporting diversification of the region’s economy because that would mean competition for the talented White labor force which would increase wages and benefits for workers. With politicians being bought off by the coal industry, government programs of job retraining or investment are nowhere to be found. While millions of families rely on digging scraps of coal out of mountains that have been destroyed or chopping firewood to heat their homes and cook their food, the Fat Cats of Wall Street reap the profits of Appalachian coal and natural gas.
Mountaintop Removal is a relatively new tactic of coal companies and the final piece of their plan to utterly transform the region away from the people and a healthy environment. The tactic involves using explosives–over 2,000 tons of explosives per day throughout the region–to blow mountains into pieces so that coal companies can easily dig out coal seams buried inside the mountains.
According to government figures for 2005, “more than 1.8 billion pounds of high explosives were used in West Virginia and Kentucky alone, primarily in surface-mining operations.” The use of explosives for mountaintop removal has only increased since 2005, a testament to the nearly Biblical level of destruction that is being wrought to the environment.
Due to mountaintop removal, over 500 mountains in Appalachia have been destroyed, 2,000 miles of streams and rivers have been filled in, tens of thousands of miles of waterways and countless wells have been poisoned by heavy metals from coal dumping and over a million acres of forests have been leveled.
Mountaintop Removal is accurately described as the coal companies,
“Blow its [the mountain’s] top off, section by section, and then move the rubble with heavy equipment. Sometimes the forest cloaking the condemned mountain is clear-cut; more often the trees are simply scraped away, bulldozed into a pile, and burned. A pad is leveled, and a large drilling rig bores a series of holes. Into them goes a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil. Prior to detonation, warning whistles sound. When the charge explodes, the earth shudders. The explosions may shake and crack house foundations, startle wildlife, and spray a large area with dust and flying rock.”
This destroys the environment and sends dangerous coal dust and heavy metals into the lungs and drinking water of local communities while destroying a mountain, one layer at a time.
Coal companies have a double incentive to not preserve the environment. Many of their coal claims are on inhabited land that would take going to court to use imminent domain or costly settlements to buy out entire communities. Instead of doing this, by poisoning the environment and mechanizing their coal mines, which has cut down hundreds of thousands of coal related jobs in the past three decades, they can force people off of their land so coal exploitation is easier and cheaper. Dozens of communities have been utterly depopulated due to environmental and economic conditions becoming unbearable. Depopulation of Appalachian regions is happening primarily due to the programs of Big Coal, not in spite of it, as their endless and disingenuous astroturf “Friends of Coal” media campaign says.
The Clean Water Act says that you cannot put toxic waste that is a danger to the people and the environment in the water supply of American citizens. By any account the current poisoning of Appalachia by coal companies is illegal. There were over thirty years of interpretation in regards to the Clean Water Act that coal companies, power plant operators, and other corporations could not “fill” waterways with poison.
The Clean Water Act policy changed with the administration of George W. Bush when he staffed almost every environmental agency with lobbyists and former executives of the coal industry so this interpretation was thrown out the window, opening up the path for corporations to poison waterways and communities almost with impunity. This change in policy was good for the bottom line of coal producers and factory owners but left the people of Appalachia in a position where both business and politics coordinated with one another to put profits ahead of people.
The Republicans are typically blamed for the toxic situation, though the Democrats are equally culpable and in the pockets of Big Business. President Obama has allowed mountaintop removal to continue, supported Free Trade agreements that ship jobs overseas, and has not tightened environmental regulations to protect the people and land of Appalachia in any meaningful way. While both main political Parties speak of providing opportunities, they are both simply facilitators of the elites’ economic and social agenda.
The drinking water is so poisoned in regions of Appalachia that cases of formerly rare types of brain cancer and other cancers are on a dramatic rise. Research shows,
“Mountaintop-removal coal mining allows toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, selenium, and arsenic to leach into Appalachians’ local water supplies. Research shows that ‘residents in mining areas – especially mountaintop removal mining areas – have higher incidents of cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, birth defects, premature mortality and other issues.'”
The government is protecting Big Coal from multiple lawsuits from communities, victims, and the families of folks who have died or become sick directly from the impact of coal slurry and other chemicals leaching into underground aquifers and wells.
It has been found that,
“At least 40% of wells on the Appalachian Plateau, and in about 70% of the wells near reclaimed surface coal mines of the region. Coal slurry, the waste left after washing and processing coal with water and chemicals, is highly toxic and can leach into groundwater. Up to 60 different chemicals are used to wash coal — including the now-infamous MCHM that spilled from a decrepit storage tank into the Kanawha River in January 2014 — as well as the heavy metals naturally present in the coal.”
This poison is not just impacting wildlife. It is costing billions in healthcare costs and destroying the lives of thousands of Appalachian men, women, and children.
Every year over a thousand miners and former miners die of what is known as “Black Lung.” This disease of progressive massive fibrosis damages the miners’ lungs from breathing in coal dust. Simply being in a coal mine is dangerous not only for cave-ins and the other catastrophes of being underground but because of the air the miners breathe. Statistics show that “since 1970, when mine dust controls began, black lung contributed to the deaths of more than 70,000 miners.” These deaths are preventable with proper ventilation and safety equipment which would dramatically reduce the amount of coal dust breathed in by the miners.
Coal companies have been cited and fined tens of thousands of times to improve the conditions of their mines, but the companies would rather pay the small fines than invest in safety equipment. The government inspectors in coal mines sample the air in mines to see if the operators are complying with Federal law and have found since 1987 that out of “113,000 valid mine dust samples. Roughly 52 percent of those samples exceeded federal standards. In 1998 alone, about 65 percent of the valid silica samples violated the standard.”
Due to the greed of Big Coal, we lose more miners to the negligence of their bosses than the United States loses in combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Almost all of the deaths of miners and former miners could be prevented if the coal companies put their miners’ interests ahead of squeezing a few more dollars out of each mine, but as Dr. Goebbels said “the worker in a capitalist state—and that is his deepest misfortune—is no longer a living human being, a creator, a maker. He has become a machine. A number, a cog in the machine without sense or understanding. He is alienated from what he produces.” Big Coal treats the miners as if they are merely cogs in a machine or a tool, to be used until it breaks and then thrown away and replaced.
Appalachia has become a Banana Republic of globalist interests. The people are abandoned in generational poverty by a political class that doesn’t care about the suffering of millions of White Christians. The environment is being poisoned and blown to smithereens by Big Business which wants to exploit the resources and people of Appalachia and then leave the region broken when all of the money has been wrung out of it. And lastly, the current institutions are not suited in any way to fight for the working families of Appalachia. There is an environmental and humanitarian crisis in the region and there seems to be only one group that can transform Appalachia and give hope back to her people, the Traditionalist Worker Party.
Our Party’s plan for Appalachia is one that puts the best interests of the long term health of the people, the region, and all future generations above the pocket books of the globalists. First of all, the coal and natural gas reserves should be taken out of the hands of international corporations that have proven themselves complicit in the murder of thousands of innocent people due to their own greed and criminal negligence. These corporations have been irresponsible with these resources in every meaning of the word. The God-given wealth of Appalachia should belong to the people of Appalachia and their children, not crooks on Wall Street. By nationalizing the minerals, gas, timber and other natural resources of Appalachia, we can ensure that the people and the environment are cared for.
A Traditionalist Worker Party run Appalachia will guarantee that those brave men who work in the mines and hollows will be provided a safe working environment with protections for their families, a living wage, and the respect they’ve earned.
Secondly, by nationalizing the natural resources, we will ensure that the money made off of removing and then selling the resources on the open market will bring the money directly back to the region that produced them. Currently, only a tiny percentage of the selling price of coal actually goes back to the communities in either tax revenue or wages to the producers’ employees and the rest goes into the coal bosses’ and stockholders’ pockets.
Nationalization would bring 100% of the profits back to be invested in the people and infrastructure of Appalachia. This plan will break Appalachia from being a Banana Republic and instead give the power back to the people to control how their resources are used, not foreign and outside interests.
Dr. Goebbels spelled out the vision that our Party has for making Appalachia once again “The People’s Community.” He said, “The people’s community must not be a mere phrase, but a revolutionary achievement following from the radical carrying out of the basic life needs of the working class. A ruthless battle against corruption! A war against exploitation, freedom for the workers! The elimination of all economic-capitalist influences on national policy.”
The Traditionalist Worker Party will seize our destiny and smash the exploitation that is currently holding the Appalachian people in bondage to ruthless capitalists and the globalist power structure.
Next we must position the Appalachian economy to move beyond coal. Coal is a non-renewable resource and the use of mountaintop removal shows how almost all of the easily accessible coal has already been mined. Our Party believes in supporting a return of industry to the region, creating opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed. By supporting economic protectionist policies, we can bring millions of jobs home while supporting a massive infrastructure investment so that the region can compete on the global market.
The people of Appalachia don’t need a hand out, they need a hand up. That is why investing in education, job training, and healthcare is so important. The international corporations and banks who have been raping the people and the environment will no longer be subsidized with our sweat, blood, and tears. Instead, that money will go into making the people and the nation great once again.
Our people need and deserve the same opportunities as the rich liberal kids who live in the gated communities of America. We will galvanize the entirety of the people in the struggle for economic social justice, our Christian principles, a healthy environment, and a future for our children. Appalachia will no longer be a Banana Republic of the elites. Through the vanguard of the Traditionalist Worker Party, Appalachia will once again be free!