National Identification Card
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 8 April 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 8 April 2012, I answered a question on national identification card.
Should the government institute a national id card? Periodically, politicians speak of instituting a national identification card in order to protect identify and track potential terrorists, prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants, stop welfare fraud, and more. Would such a national id card violate rights – or be unwise for other reasons? Are state-level identification cards sufficient? Are they proper?
My Answer, In Brief: A national ID card is not only unnecessary: it's a grave threat to rights. A person should not have to show his papers to engage in ordinary activities.
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