Growth Machines: Arkansas Edition

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  • Song Name: Growth Machines: Arkansas Edition
  • Artist: Kevin Carson

Intro/Outro by Jeff Riggenbach
Written by Kevin Carson
Read by Mike Godzina
Edited by Nick Ford

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"For a century or more southern members of Congress used the seniority and patronage systems to locate a disproportionate share of military bases and military industry to their states. A major share of the Sun Belt economy is comprised of “Sagebrush Rebel” (i.e. corporate welfare) industries like mining, lumber, ranching and oil, which rely heavily on a model of government land engrossment followed by grants of preferential access to industry.

Even in periods of “progressive” dominance like the New Deal, exceptions were carved out for the south as a cheap labor economy centered on textile and migrant farm workers. Far from meaning less government involvement in the economy, this meant interventionist measures like so-called “right-to-work” laws that prohibited employers from entering into union shop contracts — not to mention quasi-private vigilantes, paramilitaries and death squads (the Klan, in which off-duty cops and politicians were heavily represented) to suppress organizing drives by other means."

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