Snail mail and binding the nation
August 23rd, 2009

A Wall Street Journal piece running in their Opinion section analyses A Better Way to Go Postal. A number of factors are described. The final one is a basic change caused by the smart mob era. Bringing together a scattered population now costs a hundred times less via the Internet than it costs via snail mail:

The argument has been made for 200 years that the postal monopoly is necessary to “bind the nation together.” Once that was at least plausible. But today the Internet delivers to the most remote corners of Alaska and the Badlands at one-one-hundredth the cost of snail mail. The sooner Congress requires the Postal Service to shrink and adapt to this reality, the smaller will be the losses imposed on taxpayers.


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