Illiberalism · Gilead · U.S. Postal Service



U.S. Postal Service

Fig. 1. Caricature of Louis DeJoy by DonkeyHotey [pseud.], August 10, 2020, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Fig. 2. Scan of card received by author on September 11, 2020, from the U.S. Postal Service.


Dean Baker, “Killing the Messenger: The Downsizing and Death of the Postal Service,” Huffington Post, June 23, 2012,

John Nichols, “Postal Cuts Are Austerity on Steroids,” Nation, February 6, 2013,

Dave Johnson, “You Should Be Outraged By What Is Being Done To Our Postal Service,” Our Future, February 10, 2013,

David Dayen, “Signed, sealed, deposited,” Pacific Standard, January 22, 2015,

Henry Zeffman, “Flood of postal votes threatens US election chaos,” Times, July 20, 2020,

Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Jacob Bogage, “Postal Service backlog sparks worries that ballot delivery could be delayed in November,” Washington Post, July 30, 2020,

Veronica Stracqualursi and Jessica Dean, “New postal policies that are slowing service may affect 2020 mail-in voting, union leader says,” Cable News Network, July 31, 2020,

Jessica Dean, Jessica Schneider, and Caroline Kelly, “Postal Service says it has ‘ample capacity’ to handle election after Trump casts doubt,” Cable News Network, August 3, 2020,

Amy Gardner, Josh Dawsey, and Paul Kane, “Trump opposes election aid for states and Postal Service bailout, threatening Nov. 3 vote,” Washington Post, August 13, 2020,

Erin Cox et al., “Postal Service warns 46 states their voters could be disenfranchised by delayed mail-in ballots,” Washington Post, August 14, 2020,

Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Ashley Parker, “Tracing Trump’s Postal Service obsession — from ‘loser’ to ‘scam’ to ‘rigged election,’” Washington Post, August 15, 2020,

Ron Nixon, “Post Offices Face Hurdles in Efforts to Diversify,” New York Times, April 20, 2012,

Amy Gardner and Erin Cox, “At least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over service delays, threat to election,” Washington Post, August 18, 2020,

Paul Ziobro, Natalie Andrews, and Alexa Corse, “Postmaster to Suspend USPS Changes Until After Election,” Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2020,

Kristen Holmes and Paul P. Murphy, “USPS email tells managers not to reconnect sorting machines,” Cable News Network, August 20, 2020,

Henry Zeffman, “President Trump might appear to have won at first on election night, Democrat poll warns,” Times, September 9, 2020,

Jake Johnson, “Condemning ‘Attempt at Voter Suppression,’ Colorado Sues DeJoy Over Misleading Postal Service Mailers,” Common Dreams, September 12, 2020,

Colleen Flynn and Evan Kruegel, “TRO against USPS granted in lawsuit filed by Colo. Sec. of State Jena Griswold,” KDVR, September 12, 2020,

Jacob Bogage, “DeJoy’s Postal Service policies delayed 7 percent of nation’s first-class mail, Senate Democrat’s report says,” Washington Post, September 16, 2020,

Elise Viebeck and Jacob Bogage, “Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election,” Washington Post, September 17, 2020,

Colby Bermel, “Judge orders USPS to reverse mail collection limits now,” Politico, October 27, 2020,

Alvin Chang, “Judge orders US Postal Service to take ‘extraordinary measures’ to deliver ballots on time,” Guardian, November 2, 2020,

Maya Lau and Laura J. Nelson, “Judge orders sweep of postal facilities for leftover ballots,” Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2020,

Jacob Bogage and Christopher Ingraham, “USPS data shows thousands of mailed ballots missed Election Day deadlines,” Washington Post, November 4, 2020,

Kristen Holmes and Manu Raju, “Democrats now at odds over whether to immediately seek postmaster general’s ouster,” Cable News Network, February 24, 2021,

Casey Taylor, “Louis DeJoy Is Killing It,” New York, March 4, 2021,

Jacob Bogage, “Senators reach bipartisan deal to overhaul USPS finances, tighten accountability requirements,” Washington Post, May 19, 2021,

Gillian Brassil, “California one of 19 states challenging US Postal Service overseer over slower mail delivery,” Sacramento Bee, October 9, 2021,

Jacob Bogage, “Biden expected to replace Ron Bloom, USPS board chair and key DeJoy ally, on postal board,” Washington Post, November 19, 2021,

Michael Sainato, “The fight to oust Louis DeJoy and his ‘disastrous’ austerity plan,” Guardian, January 12, 2022,

Josh Gohlke, “The U.S. Postal Service’s massive COVID test mobilization speaks to a polarizing truth,” Sacramento Bee, January 23, 2022,

Jacob Bogage, “Senate passes $107 billion overhaul of USPS, lauding mail agency’s role in pandemic response,” Washington Post, March 8, 2022,

Shannon Pettypiece, “Major mail delivery delays raise concerns about voting in the 2024 elections,” NBC News, April 6, 2024,

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