Privatization

Matt Welch Advocates Postal Privatization on The Kudlow Report

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Last night I appeared on CNBC's The Kudlow Report to talk about why I think government should not be in the business of monopolizing (or guaranteeing the monopoly of) mail service:

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  1. I thought Lisa Kudlow was really good in Happy Endings.

  2. Last night I appeared on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report to talk about why I think government should not be in the business of monopolizing (or guaranteeing the monopoly of) mail service

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  3. Serial question (I’m just starting the video now– only because I’m a closeted Welch Fan), but does FedEX, UPS etc. deliver to rural places like Rural Montana or the backwoods of Alaska?

    1. There seems to be very few places that FedEX and UPS won’t deliver to. I don’t mean that they have door to door service, but neither does the post office. Nearly anywhere you go, you can find a store that will hold deliveries for you within 10-15 miles.

      I don’t see a lot of benefit in privitizing the post office. They’ll be subsidised and regulated to the point that there is no appreciable difference.

      1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the argument for government needing a monopoly on mail delivery shifts to being a “national security” issue.

        Just think of all the drugs, weapons exotic animals, and black market organs that would flow undetected without government officials being the ones to screen the mail.

  4. What about rural Montana?

    If I was a big mail courier company where having an office stationed there would be “unprofitable;” I would set up an affiliate contract with a local independent courier of that area to be a runner from the general courier storage hubs that would most likely spring up.

    Got to love it when people are stuck in thinking only big business can replace the service provided by big government. Decentralized markets is the solution to that question above, but of course the central planners see it as too messy of a vision.

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