This bikecast is a restatement of and expansion on the previous episode. The current anger over TSA screening can serve as a point of reference for unconsciously patriarchal anti-authoritarians. The humiliation and violation that airline passengers are experiencing at the gropey/grabby hands of federal agents are identical to those that women and other “2nd (or 3rd or 4th) class citizens” have been experiencing for decades and centuries. That their accounts were discounted or ignored might provide some insight into the incredulity around and negative response towards anti-TSA/no-fly activists.
On the flip side, that the TSA agents aren’t on par with national socialists tried at Nuremburg–a point made to counter the sometimes hysterical reaction emanating from the newly threatened–doesn’t mean that other hysterical reactions of libertarians and anti-authoritarians aren’t justified. The TSA might not be a war crime tribunal worthy organziation, but there are plenty of war crime level individuals and branches of government. Hysterics are appropriate in far too many cases.
The last podcast’s show notes cover this episode as well. With the holiday travel weekend behind us, I’ll use this space to do a quick run through of the highlights. In a predictably bizarre role reversal, the political right came out against the TSA policy, a legacy of the Bush regime demonstrating, the umpteenth time the relative prioritization of security theater vis political theater.
Sadly, Alisa nailed the political left’s majority position, that anti-TSA trouble makers should shut up a do what they’re told. There is a variety of rationales: that they’re paid libertarian provacateurs, that they’re exposing Americans to terrorism/are terrorists, it’s the price we pay for security and so forth. Here’s a good roundup along with notable exceptions (to which I’d like to add Pandagon and Big Think).
The Nation really went out of its way to connect the anti-TSA sentiment to Koch funding. It’s primary innuendo weaving was done at the expense of John “Touch My Junk and I’ll Have You Arrested” Tyner. None other than Glenn Greenwald popped up to lay on a smackdown of the Nation piece. To which (in the name of completing the tale), Mark Ames and Yasha Levine responded with this defense and the Nation published this partial apology. One last link collects together responses from three other anti-state types who were mentioned as part of the vast wingless conspiracy.
Not especially important, but interesting and worth ten minutes of work time. Anyway, good on you Glenn G. and the several other lefties still in the system but unwilling to flow with their majority.