In the Bava Kamma Mishnah (the traditional Jewish interpretation of the law), a slap incurred a fine of 200 silver coins - but a backhanded slap required a payment of 400, the same amount as for spitting on someone. It was more than violence. It was degrading
The bottom line is something so painfully obvious that it shouldn’t even need to be said: We - don't - have - to - agree to just listen.
Clearing the temple was disruptive and highly controversial.
This subversive act flips the power dynamic.