“Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.”~ Leo Tolstoy, Russian Novelist and Christian Anarchist
Tolstoy is of course correct. This is actually the reasonable reason why the US, when founded, included the part about the right to bear arms. It makes sense to thwart state sponsored tyranny. But what if the state did not only have the monopoly on the use of force, but also had the ultimate ability to link all information to your fingerprint? What if at the click of a button all your personal files ranging from taxes to grades to blood type to voting record were available? This Orwellian vision may yet come into being in Israel where such a law is proposed – a biometric identity card which will use a fingerprint to provide all information about a person.
Since 2004 I have met may smart people in the arena of information technology. One of those people is Igal Pines who has a fantastic blog on Internet marketing. A few months ago I was displeased to see how he wrote a blog post bashing Lenin and praising the merits of capitalism as if they were binary opposites. That’s one of my issues with former Soviet Union citizens they find rampant capitalism as the antidote to state socialism. Igal suggested we blog about the biometric card law and I agree – it’s an important point. That to me is the confluence of ideas between people on the far right and left from an economic perspective – it’s a distain for state control.
Israel is a pretty centralized country as is with its heritage of central economic planning (not to be confused with command economy) and has such has many cumbersome bureaucratic offices. Linking all this data which is truly all engulfing is a nightmare. Funny, I would have never considered Meir Shitrit as a local “big brother”.