The United States Postal Service is looking at turning back services and potentially laying off 80,000 workers due to a manufactured budget shortfall. This manufactured budget shortfall will also result in the closure of 250 mail processing centers and 3,700 post offices, mostly in poor and rural areas. The Socialist Party USA ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza say that this is part of a larger attack upon the working class for the benefit of the wealthiest 1%.
When we think of the word "machine" it can take on so many different meanings. We can use it in a literal sense referring to some technological innovation used most likely in our daily lives. It can also take on other, not so literal, meanings, such as a reference to a political structure or system. We can also use it to refer to individuals or groups of people. It's one of the beautiful things about language we can use it in so many different ways.