Professional Humiliation

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Via Andrew Sullivan, Seth Masket makes a pretty good point about the backlash over TSA’s new airport scanners. He’s not especially opposed to the backlash per se, but:

Passengers are not being hauled out of their homes or tortured or placed in prison without access to legal counsel — things that actually have happened to American citizens in recent years in the name of security. Nor are people being turned away from the polls or told they can’t unionize or being beaten by police officers — also things that have happened to real live Americans in recent years. What’s going on in the airports is simply a form of government humiliation that has hit the professional class.

Italics mine.

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