Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Eric Fernández (APWU Personal Capacity)
The existence of the US Postal Service is anathema to capitalist and free market ideologists in the US. Here stands a colossal, unionized organization of workers—once nearly a million strong—working in what essentially is a nationalized industry, bringing universal service at the lowest price possible, without trying to make a profit or paying shareholder dividends. At the time of its revolutionary beginnings—it was created by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1775—there was no real concept of socialism other than primitive communism. And yet, it seemed perfectly natural—even to the rising bourgeois class of the time—to implement a communication system for all people, long before the advent of the telephone, and two full centuries before the internet. It was especially important to create a system in which all first-class mail—especially political propaganda—was protected by law from search by agents of the government.