Our Threatened Freedom
Are We Becoming A Postage Stamp Republic? (03:24)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are we becoming a postage stamp republic? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. When I was a boy, I learned a great deal about politics for my stamp collection. In those days, the total number of stamps issued by all the strong nations were very, very few. A collection of all the world’s stamps except the most valuable could fit into one large album covering all stamps ever issued in 1940. Now, almost that many are issued in two or three years. In those days, many countries were known to us as postage stamp republics. They were known as very shaky nations politically and economically, and not likely to have a stable administration. Every few years a new dictator would take over these postage stamp republics.
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:55 Two things especially marked these countries and every boy could swap them and his stamp album. First, the postage stamp republics issued new stamps all the time. Whereas the strong countries rarely changed their stamps, these weaker nations issued new ones several times a year. The main market for these issues was the stamp dealer and collector, cheap stamps for the unwary buyer. Sometimes more stamps were sold to collectors than to users.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:29 Second, these postage stamp republics had
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:59 Thus as a boy, I learned not only geography and
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:40 Moreover, our stamps also reflect inflation. In 1981, we saw an unprecedented fact in American history. We had three different postal rates in one year: 15 cents, 18 cents, and 20 cents. We may see more dramatic rises in postal rates in the years just ahead. Postage stamp republics have a poor track record in history. They are marked by political instability, inflation, and a loss of freedom. It is time we change something besides our postal rates. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
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