Did you think that the outrage over airport fondling and nudie scanners was some sort of civil liberties thing? Or a populist uprising? Or individuals standing up to government degradations?
Then you've been fooled by the libertarian-corporate-dentite conspiracy.
<p>The Nation magazine, a liberal publication that typically opposed George W. Bush's NSA snooping on our phone calls, has a new article attacking those who oppose Barack Obama's TSA snooping around our boxer briefs.
Here's the headline:
TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal
And the article only gets dumber from there. The general gist seems to be that the dental lobby and the Koch brothers have launched an “astroturf” resistance to TSA nudie-scanners and “enhanced patdowns.”
I'll save for a later blog post the question of when some liberals started attacking the defenders of civil liberties (was it January 20, 2009?), and focus instead on some of the absurdities in this Nation article.
First, the writer is Mark Ames, whom I first read when he attacked free-market-leaning blogger Megan McArdle for having been raised by a father who collected a government paycheck. I won't link that piece here, I just mention it to give you a taste for the kind of work this guy produces.
But this libertarian-corporate-dentite-anti-fondling piece really is a piece of work. Here's the thesis statement:
As the first reporters to expose the Tea Party as an Astroturf PR campaign funded by FreedomWorks and Koch-related front groups back in February, 2009, we see many of the same elements driving the current “rebellion” against the TSA: Koch-related libertarians, Washington lobbyists and PR operatives posing as “ordinary citizens,” and suspicious fake-grassroots outrage relentlessly promoted in the same old right-wing echo chamber.
Let's start by noting, I thought this Tea Party-as-manufactured-rage idea would have died when the election results showed that the roots of this alleged astroturf ran pretty deep.
The authors' first suggestion is that the “don't touch my junk” guy John Tyner is a plant. The evidence: “he leans strongly libertarian.” They put that in bold. You know there's something fishy when a libertarian objects to government intrusions in his life….
Also counting against Tyner:
Tyner attended private Christian schools in Southern California and lives in Oceanside, a Republican stronghold next to Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps base on the West Coast.
But a conspiracy isn't truly insidious until the dental lobby is involved. Here's that:
Then there's Brian Sodergren, founder of the “National Opt-Out Day,” when “ordinary citizens standup for their rights.” But Sodergren is no “ordinary citizen.” Cached and scrubbed online LinkedIn records show that Brian Sodergren is a Washington lobbyist specializing in “grassroots education” for the American Dental Association and ADPAC, the American Dental Association Political Action Committee. No wonder that Sodergren has gone out of his way to scrub his employment record.
There's plenty more to say about this piece, but I think I'll wait for the Nation article about all those Koch-funded anti-war “libertarians” — maybe this one will involve the podiatrist lobby.