Re: The End of Privacy ?
Fri, 3 Jul 1998 11:13:24 EDT

In a message dated 7/2/98 11:49:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Thanks for pointing some of the more obvious problems with this reasoning.
By this way of thinking, the govt should have bugs in everyones homes to protect
us from every concievable harm. After, if you're not breaking the law, what have you got to worry about? Making the govt even *more* efficient at tracking every
move makes me shudder. Haven't we all read 1984?

You're comparing a national identification card, basically the equivilant of a state I.D. card or drivers license, to 1984? Are you kidding me? And the ID cannot make the government more efficient at tracking every move simply because, first off, you don't use ID to do everything, in fact you don't use it to do most things, and many of the things you DO use it for don't involve your number being sent to some map where your movements are plotted in realtime. This paranoia over an ID card is silly. Frankly, an ID card is extremely useful.

I'm sorry that I didn't see the post that you quoted and responded to it directly, but a government that governs least does not necessarily govern best. To make that principle, often quite useful, dogmatic and apply it blindly to every conceivable service government could provide is simply foolish. In our society we have need for a reliable form of identification. And to have the government provide simply does not violate any rights. It does not give the government power to violate any rights. So what's all the fuss about, besides getting worked up over wild predictions of an Orwellian future? Note, of course, that it seems rather implausible that whether or not we have such a future ahead of us hangs upon the issuance of a card form of government identification.