- The primary form of control that anyone can have over anyone else is control over exit. (Aretae's 3rd Law: Scarcity is the whole of Power). See, for example, the Berlin Wall...Cuba, etc.
- The basic structure in place for the US to control exit/travel has historically been very weak.
- If someone wants centralized control...one needs travel to be relatively expensive.
- Expensive doesn't have to be expensive in purely monetary terms.
- Hence the TSA is an important tool of social control. It massively increases the costs of travel.
- FWIW, so does the FAA, and passport controls, and exit-taxes, etc.
- Taking down the TSA, and fundamentally decreasing the cost of travel (to different systems) should be among the top priorities for the liberty-loving. It will decrease the effectiveness of social control substantially.
- This especially true in acute, non-threatening medical conditions. Travel to India? $2000. Cost of medical procedure in India + care in India? ????$10,000????. Cost of equivalent care in US? $200,000? Quality of care differential? 5%?. With HSA-ish options, or simply mandatory savings...inside of 5 years, one could completely destroy the AMA's bullshit monopoly on expensive procedures.
- What do conservatives think of this? It would, of course, mean the complete inability to make social control happen for conservatives as well. Abortion control? The flight to Mexico/Canada isn't long or expensive. And our laws (basically) don't apply outside the borders.
Exit is essential. Travel is important. Destroy the TSA.