Recent political actions in several Midwestern states have been reported as struggles between newly elected Republican governors and labor. However, the highly coordinated attacks reach beyond labor issues and can be read as the domestic face of the post-9/11 security state. “Gateway laws” push the limits of American tolerance for increased state authority that is rooted in the logic of the security state. Recent protests can be read as American resistance against the use of the language of austerity that is cynically used to increase antidemocratic state power.

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