1. They associate anti-TSA complaints with politicians who hold views they don't like. "Complaining about the TSA must be glibertarian, because Rand Paul does it," or "Rick Perry pulled that anti-TSA stunt, so this is more of the same."
2. The associate anti-TSA complaints with political movements they don't like. "Oh, that whole 'don't touch my junk' thing is just Koch-funded astroturf aimed at deregulation and lower taxes and union-busting."
3. They accept the government's claims about safety, necessity, and effectiveness. "The government says this is to protect us, so why are you complaining?" "Don't you remember 9/11? Do you want to fly with people who haven't been searched?"
4. They accept the government's claims about proportionality, propriety, and bodily autonomy. "What's the big deal about being patted down? What's wrong with that? Your doctor touches you."
5. They accept the government's venerable message that it's the citizen who needs a justification to resist intrusion, not the government that needs a justification to intrude. "Look, if you don't have anything to hide, why do you care?"
6. They accept stereotypes about people who resist government intrusion. "People who make a big deal about this sort of thing are just looking for attention."
7. They believe that government actors should be viewed sympathetically in their private capacity rather than as state actors in their public capacity. "Look, this is just someone trying to get through the day and do his or her job, not someone trying to violate your rights."
8. They view discussions of individual rights — particularly rights relating to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure — as "liberal," pro-criminal, anti-law-and-order, or otherwise ideologically suspect.
9. They have accepted the Starving Child Fallacy — the proposition that there is a limited amount of ones and zeroes on the internet to be devoted to talking about things we don't like. "Look, you're talking about a momentary search. You could be talking about the economy, or war, or children starving right now in Africa."
10. Congnitive Dissonance. "You want me to believe that our government — which is supposed to be protecting us — is engaged in mostly useless security theater, and that people have to speak up and make trouble and do uncomfortable things if they want to change it? I can't believe that."
Last 5 posts by Ken White
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- Free Speech Tropes In The LA Times - June 8th, 2017
- I write letters - June 1st, 2017