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Forum Post: Deride and Conquer: Libe(R)tarians vs the USPS

Posted 4 months ago on May 4, 2014, 1:39 p.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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“We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.” (libe(R)tarian party platform)

"The historical cost of building our postal network, its unique characteristics and efficiency, the nefarious efforts to privatize and cripple it, and the economic and personal costs of losing it are considered.

An army prefers to fight on familiar terrain. Absent such serendipitous circumstances, a good general will try to move the conflict to more hospitable ground. In their long-thwarted campaign to cripple, privatize and cannibalize the assets of the United States postal system, conservative and business interests have finally, it seems, turned the tide of battle by employing a more measured and subtle strategy of legislative and economic subterfuge. Having failed in a full-on frontal assault on government control last attempted by private carriers in the mid-1840s, the Postal Service's detractors have mounted a new, more promising offensive in the present era. To their credit, they have enjoyed some success by redefining the terms of engagement, and by reconstituting the nature and mission of the US postal system from its historical role as a civil service entity to a Frankenstein-like corporate/government hybrid with most of the downsides, and few of the advantages of both."

http://truth-out.org/news/item/23471-deride-and-conquer-dismantling-the-usps

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[-] 6 points by Nevada1 (4729) 4 months ago

The USPS is one of the few good things remaining, of the USG.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

Welp, at least you and I and ZD agree.

The rest?

Not so much.

[-] 2 points by wickerman (62) 4 months ago

Libertarians have gained a lot of traction lately, I am sure that they pride themselves on their new found popularity. I am not sure though that they really understand where that popularity comes from. There is a web site I think it Nolan charts, that has a short test on it, it asks some questions, and claims to identify what your political position is. Most people who take it end up being libertarians. Now on the surface that would seem to say that most people are really libertarians after all, wouldn't it? Not so much if you look at things in a little different light. The questions are all about what governments should and shouldn't do, fair questions really. Most people don't read those questions generically though, they read them in relation to our current government. Most of the questions when looked at in that light take on a nefarious nature, people answer that governments shouldn't do this or that, when what they are really saying is that they don't trust our government to do this or that. Now I am not suggesting that all the new libertarians took the test and decided that they are libertarian. I am suggesting that people don't trust this government and would rather have it do nothing than to do more harm. Rest assured that as more of the libertarian agenda is put into action more and more people will back away from it.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

It has been the libe(R)tarian influence on government, that has done the most harm.

Across the board.

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[-] 1 points by wickerman (62) 4 months ago

I couldn't agree more, but to the average American shrinking the government sounds good. Most people don't trust the government, so how could removing power from it be a bad thing. Most people haven't read far enough into the Libertarian agenda to know what they really stand for.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

https://occupywallst.org/forum/how-many-of-these-do-you-support/

I'm sure they've added to it since this was written.

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[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

very much so. Notice that they've ignored it, like they do most other pertinent news items that can be attributed to the libe(R)tarian agenda.

They want to continue to pretend it doesn't exist.

But it does..

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[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

Whooo Hoooo!

Need more stuff on libe(R)tarian loonyness?

I can oblige.

http://www.alternet.org/visions/james-polshek-believes-architecture-has-obligation-nurture-antithesis-ayn-rands-howard-roark

PLus+++++

Actual libe(R)tarian resistance from an Occupier.

WE have so few of those here.

http://www.alternet.org/visions/astra-taylors-radical-internet-critique-i-dont-want-give-libertarian-logic-our-time

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