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Subject: Re: Let 'em die Date: 2/10/2014 11:39 AM
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the gist of the right wing posiition was "let 'em die" if they are too poor to feed themselves (includes kids) or provide for their own health care.

I encourage everyone to see the 2004 BBC miniseries NOrth & South, which refers to the gentlemanly, agrarian South of England vs the entrepreneurial North during the middle years of the Industrial Revolution (1850s). The story follows the protagonists, a bleeding-heart lady from the South and a self-made cotton mill owner from the North, and how they find a middle ground beneficial to both workers and owners, and mutual respect and love. It's been described as Jane Austen meets Charles Dickens, but more entertaining than either IMO.

BTW, the music and production are incredible (including real cotton manufacturing machinery of the correct period at a living museum), and as for romance--it puts Pride & Prejudice in the shade! Leading man is a smoldering Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies. Not to mention Brendan Coyle--Bates in Downton Abbey--as the union organizer, and one of my favorite villains, Tim Pigott-Smith, as the heroine's intellectual father.

The positions of entrepreneurs as well as workers (not to mention conservative religious, dissenting religious, and atheists) are presented both critically and sympathetically in a balanced way, touching on a variety of subjects including investing and rebellion against authority. Available on Netflix.

PS--Be prepared for a strong impact on your love life ;-)
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