Start a discussion about 20th century industry in America and images of factories humming with production probably fill your head. It's nice that romantic image fills your head because the reality is harsher to comprehend. Many factories today in this country sit idle; the people and machines that made them productive are gone. Rusting, rotting hulks are all that remain. The jobs were made redundant, sent to other countries where labor is still cheap and exploitable. Today a drive on Woodward or Piquette in Detroit or perhaps Flint boasts many empty derelict structures that were once shining jewels of American Capitalism. Don't worry, they still are the perfect metaphor for Capitalism. Capitalism can shine like a jewel, but in time can also become a deep, red scar.
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