In 1753 the British Crown appointed Benjamin Franklin postmaster of its American colonies. He brought in new accounting methods, established the penny post, arranged for mail to be carried day and night and introduced newspaper delivery for a small fee. By 1760, the post office in North America turned a profit for the first time. The Crown eventually dismissed the canny postmaster for his revolutionary activities. Today, the United States Postal Service (USPS) badly needs something similar. On November 13th it reported a net loss of $5.1 billion in the 2015 fiscal year.