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#132 Negative Mount Pleasant

#132 Negative Mount Pleasant

Update: 2018-12-0663


A small town in Wisconsin becomes the site of a completely unprecedented experiment. 

A Better Mount Pleasant

Let's Make A Better Mount Pleasant

Journalist Larry Tabak's Series on Foxconn in Wisconsin

Comments (15)

jason cole

so Dave degroot and the Mt Pleasant council basically stole a communities hope and dreams. this is happening ball across America.

Feb 25th

Rick Wagner

this made me sick. I'm a successful engineer for a major tech company and my company pays zero state or local tax. It's so clear that the board leader in the story is a Trump fan since he tilts all the benefits to the corporation while selling out the people. I'm all for capitalism but seems Sweden is successful for corps and their people while we bow to the corp and tell people to just work harder. I make a good living but if I was a no/low skilled manufacturing worker I would be afraid to have children since manufacturing is dead and robots will be the tombstone. I should know I help build them. I don't feel guilty because it'll happen with or without me but our gov leaders are telling lies of more manufacturing jobs when that'll never happen. instead they should be telling people to develop new skills. anyone working in a job that can be automated (service, retail, manufacturing, transportation, etc) will not have a job within 10-15-years. I don't think people realize how many robots exist today and that will lead to a huge reckoning.

Feb 6th

Nerine Perera

Is there an update on Sean? did the village help him get the money he needed to make him home liveable?

Jan 31st
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Kenn Tomasch

And Foxconn announced today they're not actually going to do what they said they were going to do. "Hey, you f***ed up! You trusted us!"

Jan 31st


It sounds like the folks in Mt. Pleasant really got screwed on this one. I come from WI and have family there. They already have some of the highest tax rates in the country. Now these folks will be sending more $$ to the state and village to help pay back massive amounts of debt to build a factory that makes outdated technology. By the time their factory is finished, LCD TVs will be obsolete. Tech does not age well and secrecy usually results in a bad deal for everyone. Mt. Pleasant may become a poster child for the dangers of conducting business in the dark. After reading and listening to some of the village meeting minutes, I don't think the trustees had the knowledge or skill sets needed to negotiate with the likes of Foxconn. Rather than vetting the deal, they acted like they were playing Monopoly. They need to go directly to jail without passing GO!

Jan 21st

Ben Lariviere

Hmm...this story feels a little out of place for Reply All. The only "internet" part of the episode was the hate website, which seems to only have played a small role in the story.

Dec 13th
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Sahil Sharma

The president definitely made some solid money by selling his people and village

Dec 10th

Michael Nichols

Wisconn Valley.... what a stupid name.

Dec 6th
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Buddy Buckets

this kind of thing will keep happening over and in America (it's happened in 3rd world countries many, many times) because a small group of people will always choose money over ethics, morality, and the well-being of people that are not them.

Dec 6th
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Thomas Callahan

Because thimble collections don't complain about delusional thought process or bad accounting.

Dec 6th
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#132 Negative Mount Pleasant

#132 Negative Mount Pleasant