Alex Tabarrok muses,
There’s nothing like visiting a foreign country like China to get an appreciation of what it’s like to live under an authoritarian regime. I was reminded of this when I arrived home and found that the TSA had rifled through my baggage.
That’s the entirety of his post. I presume he means to shed perspective (we complain about high handed government policies in the US but we’re amazingly free compared to just about everywhere else) but one could read it the other way (it takes going through airport security and dealing with the TSA gestapo to truly appreciate authoritarianism).
Of course, “Not As Bad as Red China” is not exactly a motto we should aspire to.