Pierce on the US Postal Service and it’s importance in our national psyche and how it was screwed royally by right wing fanatics. As is always the case, his writing alone makes it worth reading, in only for this admirable summation of the attitudes and methods of the growing movement in this country to destroy this country from within…

The entire modern conservative movement consists of an ongoing attempt to sever the relationship of a self-governing people to their government, to break down the concept of a political commonwealth. Many of the conservative attempts to wedge people apart through the use of an Other to be feared and despised — whether that was black people, or empowered women, or immigrants, or gay people — have been framed to attack the government’s attempts to ameliorate discrimination against the groups in question. In modern conservative thought, then, and in the mindset it seeks to ingrain on the people of the country, the government is the ultimate Other.

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