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August 27, 2012

Perimeter Access

The security arrangements at the convention are over the top, onerous, and almost comic in their look-at-me,-I'm-wearing-SWAT-gear swagger. 
But maybe the most disconcerting aspect of the affair is the two-tier, us-and-them, plebs-and-elites aroma that suffuses the event.  Almost everyone is herded, cattle-like, through the security maze. Everyone who is let into the fenced-in enclosure has a bouquet of badges hung around his neck. But some few have badges that bear the legend “perimeter access,” and they get special treatment. A tiny elite is ostentatiously whisked through on golf carts or in limos, just as they are in various Latin American or Soviet-era despotisms. -- Roger’s Rules »

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 27, 2012 8:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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