One Reason Not to Support the Post Office: It Is a Forced Monopoly

February 12, 2013

We can’t know how good mail service can be until others are allowed to try.

In the wake of the United States Postal Service’s announcement that it would suspend Saturday service later this year, I caught a flurry of facebook support for that time-honored institution. Here are two examples. The first comes courtesy of Labor 411 and Save the Post Office:

Awww. I'm getting weepy over here!

Awww. I’m getting weepy over here!

If you know anything about facebook, then you know that the arrow points to a little avatar image of the person who posted the message. How cute. Here is the other example, courtesy of GOP – The Party of Mean. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for July 19, 2010: To Stimulate or Not To Stimulate; What Police Can Do; much, much more….

July 18, 2010

    Paul Krugman: Boost aggregate demand! Muahahaha!!!

  1. It’s good to hear Krugman speak and respond to questions. The thrust of this discussion is that the opposition to the stimulus is a visceral reaction, not an intelligent one. Although some guests early on questioned the empirical efficacy of the stimulus, we did really not hear from any Thomas E. Woodses or any Peter Schiffs who maintained, in quite an intellectual fashion, that the stimulus is simply bad economic policy. Krugman remarks toward the end that he doesn’t see stimulus jobs as “makework” jobs. I do not understand how this position can be honestly defended alongside the position that we now need government to “boost aggregate demand”, i.e. create demand where none existed before. What is the purpose of the stimulus if it is not to “make work”? If these were not “makework” jobs, we would do them anyway. We would not need an economic crisis as a pretense for passing $700 billion spending bills. For a response to the assertion that Roosevelt’s slashing of the deficits caused a recession in 1937, see this. For a response to the assertion that World War II spending lifted the U.S. economy out of the depression, listen here, starting at 32:17.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for June 7, 2010: The Greecing of America, A Libertarian Answer to Oil Spills, Ayn Rand as a “Gateway Drug”, others….

June 6, 2010
  1. Debt crisis: Coming soon to a country near you…

  2. Greece PM threatens lawsuit against United States investment banks for their “role” in the Greek government’s uncontrolled spending spree. Whatever. In other news, the threat made Democracy Now! headlines, sans, of course, any reference to Greece’s massive public debt–apparently 113% of GDP. Maybe they already did a show on it??

  3. There has been an uneasy dearth of commentary from my favorite libertarian sources on the BP oil spill. Here is one of the best posts I’ve come across explaining what libertarianism could have done, and can still do, for the Gulf. Read the rest of this entry »


If Only We Spent Money Like Enron….

December 31, 2008

I try to keep an open mind about political things.  I usually start with the assumption that those who contribute to the marketplace of ideas do so in a good faith effort to improve the world around them.  So when people speak, I try to listen.  I’m still a law student, so I don’t have time to receive everything–but really do give it a college try.  Read the rest of this entry »