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national ID cards

2006-07-12 16:26:58.278204+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

In the context of saying that Happy Dave: A letter to Tessa Jowell, MP for West Norwood and Dulwich is an absolute must-read on the topic of "national ID cards", Dave Goodman quotes Lazarus Long:

"When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere." - Lazarus Long (Robert A. Heinlein)

I think technology's got a couple of hundred years to go before we can hitch up conestoga wagons to the stars, so for right now we've got to work to fix what we've got here rather than escape it. So, go read that letter, and then look for similar opportunities to sound off to your local politicians on similar matters. Those of us in the U.S. need to be especially conscious of this as "Real ID" rolls out.

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