It's interesting to read that article and think about what things would be like if mail service was completely privatized. The monthly "subscription" fees, "mailbox rental" charges, premiums for home delivery versus central pickup, fuel surcharges, 20% tips to letter carriers because they're paid minimum wage, millions of out-of-the-way places losing service because it's unprofitable, and on and on. Instead for a flat $.46, mail goes door to door anywhere in the US in just a few days. Some things are too fundamental to society to hand over to the free market. Basic mail service is one. Health care is another.
You've done it again, talking about modern civilization to a libertardian. These are people who think the thing Detroit did *right* was cut public services to the point where the city is uninvestable (and increasingly uninhabitable). These are the guys who were holding "investment fairs" for Iraq after Mission Accomplished ... and wondering why Corporate America wasn't showing up.
You're talking to a guy who is mentally 9 years old. He wants to keep the functioning society and just stop paying to make it function. Sorry to repeat myself, but .. for these guys Detroit is an exemplar. They want the whole USA to be run just like Detroit or Iraq, a lawless wasteland. Only they just want the tax savings, not the end results, not the yucky stuff that just dropped out of the sky for no reason like crime, piled up trash, poverty, and so forth.
Clean up our streets! Get rid of the trash collectors!
[ Instead for a flat $.46, mail goes door to door anywhere in the US in just a few days.]
Duh problem with Brky is he doesn't understand the real cost of things, changes in public behavior, nor the rising cost of government employees (including duh pensions). Brky, "free" is how we fool duh masses, not ourselves - wake up bro. $.46c indeed.
And then we get this:
[Some things are too fundamental to society to hand over to the free market. Basic mail service is one. Health care is another.]
Brky, email is just as "fundamental to society" today as "basic" mail was back in its heyday. Given this, I assume you'll be proposing to nationalize all email services going forward once your're in charge. Forget president, Brky for Emperor!!!!!!
Hey Brky, same goes for duh telephone, how did we ever let private industry take CONtrol of that??