I came across another story today symptomatic of the barbarism to which our society has fallen. Apparently some delayed flights in NYC led to some extraordinary mistreatment of the passengers. We say extraordinary because airline travel in the United States today is characterized by dehumanizing and degrading conditions. A few decades ago, airlines handled these problems by giving passengers a place to stay, often with meal vouchers and other perks if they had to delay flights. But that was then, this is now.
In Postmodern America, both Government and Corporate bureaucrats seem to take delight in humiliation rituals, which is what this incident at JFK Airport was. Humiliation Rituals have no actual purpose except as a form of legalized bullying designed to put us little people in our places and to serve as a constant reminder of how worthless and powerless we are compared to our Masters. Mandatory Masks, Social Distancing, and being forced to declare one's medical status for the privilege of participating in social events are also Humiliation Rituals which have their precedents in earlier rites. Masks are direct product of mandatory seat belts, and helmet-laws; Social Distancing stems from anti-smoking harassment; the Vaxx Passport comes from national drinking-age laws. Taking the Loyalty Vaxx as a condition of employment comes from the Drug War, where employees were forced to submit to the humiliation of urinating in front of a bureaucrat to prove they were drug free.
Corporate America---who actually own the political classes---have been doing the same. When mergers and outsourcing became legalized during the Clinton and Bush Eras, we saw the common sight of men who'd given 20, 30, or even 40 years to given company dumped onto the Unemployment lines. "I got mine, sux to be you!" was about as much sympathy as any of them got. The few jobs available were increasingly lower wage, longer hours, and zero labor rights. The monopolies created gave these same bullies the power to push around consumers too. Anyone who's purchased a home recently must realize that all they actually got is a Lease-Option with the banks and insurance cartels actually owning the property and arrogantly dictating terms.