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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/15563/how-to-make-the-tsa-even-worse/

How to Make the TSA Even Worse

February 4, 2011 by

The employees of the TSA can now be unionized. Public sector unions are a remarkable survivor of day’s of old, which is interesting since the theory of unions is that workers need organized protection against private capital. It happens, however, that unions are most successfully organized from among those living off the taxpayer, and least successful among those workforces that are subject to market discipline. In 2009, the number of union members in the public sector outnumbered those in the private sector for the first time.

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Joshua February 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I think this can make it harder for revolution in this country. More and more people on the payroll of the regime means more people afraid of legitimate change.

Jeffrey Herbener February 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

The concentration of unionized workers in government is much greater than the 50-50 split in the number of government vs. private union workers implies since there are just under 21 million government employees and nearly 119,000 million workers in the private-sector making up the nearly 140 million workers in the labor force according the BLS

Jordan February 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I need to take a flight someplace after the TSA unionizes. Seriously. Their services are God-awful and they’re belligerent to boot. If it gets any worse, it might tear a hole in the space-time continuum!

HL February 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Actually, this is good news. It’s a great deal for the TSA guys and gals. Federal law provides them pretty much blanket immunity from mortals (taxpaying nobodies). Now, with the help of the friendly union, they will have complete immunity from the federal government (can’t fire me, baby!). Literally, they can fondle anybody all day and then give the middle finger to the supervisor on the way to second morning break. Excellent.

Ah, to be an American!

Freedom Fighter February 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

It never ceases to amaze me that “libertarians” all argue that anything the government touches becomes rotten, which is true but they would still confide to the government the most dangerous and crucial function, security and justice.

Look, socialized health care is a disaster, socialized education is a disaster, socialized roads are a disaster, socialized banks, central banks, monetary creation and policies are a disaster.

What makes you think that when it comes to security and justice, the government can do it right ? It can’t.

If there is one thing that should not be government business, it is precisely justice and security, the two things and most minarchist libertarians think the government should run.

No, it is not the job of the government to guarantee my rights nor to enforce contracts. The government cannot protect my private property rights, cannot protect my freedoms and cannot give me security.

If I am not allowed to protect those things by myself, if I am forced by law to rely on the government to protect those things for me, then I don’t have those rights, they are privileges granted by the state.

When the government has monopoly on force, justice and law, it enacts laws that criminalize victimless behavior and it forcibly robs us to pay for this “protection” racket. Then, sitting on the laurels of this protection it then creeps into our lives in the form of economic and social intervention.

It is precisely the idea that the government is a legitimate body for security, protection and justice that causes it to grow and creep into our lives.

You want freedom ? You want to own land ? You want to own goods ? You want to own a car ? Then protect them yourself with your own resources.

If you don’t have enough resources to protect your real estate, consider selling and buying a smaller property where you can have resources left to protect it.

J. Murray February 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I don’t know who this rant is targeted at, but this site has a large number of strong anarcho-capitalists that reject the concept of public courts and police forces.

Fephisto February 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Perhaps he mistook the Mises Institute for the Cato Institute?

Walt D. February 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm

A Freudian slip at http://www.drudgereport.com?
“T&A Says Airport Security Officers Can Unionize”

Daniel February 5, 2011 at 12:09 am

So that’s how the state “solves” pedophilia

Marco Polo February 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

“The … customs officer looked closely at his orders and went through his bags with the measured insolence of one who knew how completely he dominated this moment of another’s life.” (“Book of Lights”, by Chaim Potok.)

El Tonno February 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

“unions are most successfully organized from among those living off the taxpayer, and least successful among those workforces that are subject to market discipline”

Ha HA! People with Che Guevara T-Shirts would say that this is proof of the relentless repression of union power in the private sector. Only in a well-legislated and regulated environment like the public sector are workers free to engage in union activity without fear of reprisal or loss of jobs. Thus, additional protection of unionized workers has to be legislated for and the private sector has to be forced to make workers aware of the possibility of unionization and also be told to make this easier to happen (e.g. put up posters in the restrooms, set aside special rooms for unions etc.).

You know it’s coming.

J. Murray February 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

The people with the Che shirts lack a basic sense of irony. Who do they think produced that shirt and sold it to them? Not a well protected union shop, or they would have paid $50 for it.

Bruce Koerber February 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

Unionized Government Workers Is Just Mob Rule!

How ironic that the government has unions. There is no real ‘capital’ that needs to be balanced by ‘labor’ so what is the government worker’s union except a mob rule institution?

An even broader view shows that the government is, simply stated: the destroyer of capital at all times, at all levels, and therefore it is destructive of an ever-advancing civilization which is the birthright of humanity.

Frank February 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

You think these guys are bad now, just wait until they have the full protection of their union mob. They’ll be able to grab your junk as often as they like, spit in your face, take bribes and make traveling an absolute hell without any fear of losing their jobs. There is no economic or moral justification for any government worker to be unionized. There use to be a reason they were called public servants. Those days have long gone and now they are just rent seekers.

Daniel February 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

I beg to differ on the bribes aspect. That’s possibly the only escape valve the common citizen has in many cases.

The Anti-Gnostic February 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

When citizens have to resort to bribes, it’s the denouement of anarcho-tyranny, and with the government structure in place, there’s no way for private citizens to outbid the criminals. I actually see this ending very, very badly for the law-abiding. Criminal gangs will start to infiltrate the TSA.

The good news is it’s another step toward de-legitimizing government in the minds of complacent citizens.

RTB February 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

This will turn out just like everything else involving government and/or unions: in a sad state of jadedness, lowest common denominator service, mid-level chaos and calls for more laws and regulation.

El Tonno February 23, 2011 at 7:09 am

The Market Fights Back!

http://consumerist.com/2011/02/seattle-area-restaurant-wont-serve-tsa-agents.html

Seattle-Area Restaurant Refuses To Serve TSA Agents
By Chris Morran on February 22, 2011 11:15 AM 0 views

Fed up with what he views as crappy treatment from the TSA, the owner of a restaurant near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has decided to put all TSA agents on his No-Eat List.

“We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren’t allowed to come into our business,” one employee tells travel journalist Christopher Elliott. “We have the right to refuse service to anyone.”

She says that whenever a TSA agent attempts to dine at the restaurant, “we turn our backs and completely ignore them, and tell them to leave… Their kind aren’t welcomed in our establishment.”

The restaurant claims that 90% of its patrons are in agreement with their stance and that the local police have actually helped escort TSA workers of the premises.

“Until TSA agents start treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve, then things will change for them in the private sector,” says the employee.

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