Many of the farmers across the South and Mid-West managed a political alliance, nearly but not quite forming a third party. The Democrats and the Republicans banded together to crush the farmers. The nascent political party was still born
Now, of course, everything is different. Cargill, ADM and their sisters no longer merely control the distribution of grain, hence, to a large degree, the price farmers receive for their grain. They now compete as growers and have succeeded in sucking up much/most/nearly all of the money congress pretended it wanted to go to family farms. Now there is competition from
Fortunately, the political powers no longer support the railroads against the farmers. Now Capitol Hill supports the farmers – the Wall Street farmers like Goldman Sachs and AIG who have capitalized/privatized their profits but socialized/made the responsibility of the taxpayers their losses.
Wouldn’t it be nice for the farmers of
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