Category Archive: Lysander Spooner

Jul 07

U.S. Postal Service has lost more than $50 billion

Since 2007 the U.S. Postal Service has lost more than $50 billion. Its unfunded liabilities for its employees’ extravegent retirement benefits are nearly $100 billion. This despite having every advantage in the market place. Paying no taxes (property or income); being able to keep out competition; eminent domain; prestige locations, etc. Rural Post Offices are …

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Dec 04

How Government Regulation Crushed Lysander Spooner’s American Letter Mail Company

In 1844, Lysander Spooner launched a mail company called the American Letter Mail Company. Spooner’s company competed directly with the U.S. Postal Service, delivering letters and parcels between major cities in the eastern United States at a lower price than the government’s rates. Spooner’s company had offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, and delivered …

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Oct 05

U.S. Postal Service Lost $5.5 Billion in 2014; Its Average Vehicle Gets 10 M.P.G.

The U.S. Postal Service lost $5.5 billion in 2014 and has lost many more billions over the past decade. Even as global trade, communications and shipping has skyrocketed, the Postal Service can’t operate efficiently. U.S. Postal workers are greatly overpaid. Hundreds, even thousands, apply for every opening. It might be said that the PRIMARY purpose …

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Jun 28

THE ONION asks why humanity continues to allow its most power-hungry members to make all of humanity’s decisions.

THE ONION, America’s premier mock newspaper, has long exhibited a libertarian, anti-government streak. Now THE ONION has hit the nail on the head: “Humanity Surprised It Still Hasn’t Figured Out Better Alternative To Letting Power-Hungry Assholes Decide Everything.” The same question has been asked repeatedly by economists of the Austrian School, and of social scientists …

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Jun 04

The 3 Greatest Paragraphs ever written on Juries

Lysander Spooner was not just a brilliant scholar; he was a great writer. He wrote the three greatest paragraphs ever written on trial by jury. The three paragraphs introduced his readers to his brilliant essay/book Trial by Jury in the nineteenth century: For more than six hundred years — that is, since Magna Carta, in …

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Feb 16

Lysander Spooner on Democratic Elections and Claims of “Sovereign Immunity” By Government Officials

In Lysander Spooner’s great essay, “No Treason,” Spooner wrote: No body of men can be said to authorize a man to act as their agent, to the injury of a third person, unless they do it in so open and authentic a manner as to make themselves personally responsible for his acts. None of the …

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