On July 15, the postal rates for many of this nation’s most important political magazines increased by 20 to 30 percent due to a decision made by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that turns against more than 200 years of postal policy.
This rate increase has the effect of shifting costs from the large publishers — such as Time Warner — to smaller publications, such as The Nation and The National Review. The rate hikes could put these smaller, independent publications out of business.
These magazines and journals are an invaluable laboratory for political ideas and discourse. Their disappearance would be bad for our media and worse for our democracy.
Congress must to act now to reverse the unjust postal rates increase for small political publications.