Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Cameras, Cameras Everywhere...

and all too high to smash.

One of the Rights I think people should have in this country is the right to be as anonymous as one wishes. This is the reason I am opposed to a national ID card (as well as a SS card) which some are advocating simply to work, something I consider a human right.

Cameras in public places similarly grate on my nerves. I understand all too well the reasons businesses and government use cameras to monitor their respective properties. It's obvious, too many people have no respect for property. This is the fault of socialists mostly, who have done a magnificent job of convincing people, starting in elementary school, that respect for private property is unreasonable because private property is an outdated "notion", just like the "notions" of the nation-state, popular sovereignty, and patriotism. Of course, this isn't the way it's taught, it's just the practical effect of socialism.

But what happens when cameras become a source of revenue for a government? Well, the government becomes just as dependent on that revenue as any business depends on a source of revenue. The difference of course is that the government is the only institution - versus a business or charity for example - that can legitimately coerce compliance in a free society. Another difference? Bad or unethical businesses and charities can be held accountable. When the government is unethical, a news story may highlight the questionable practice, then it is never discussed again - and nobody is, or can be, held accountable.

This is the case of the "speed and red light cameras" used by governments worldwide. The amount of money generated by these cameras is so high, that government dependency on camera revenue invites and accepts fraud and abuse. According to Radley Balko over at Cato in this article (don't worry, it's short), abuse is rampant. However because of the parasitic nature of government, a little fraud and abuse won't stop them from making a buck.

Governments will continue to install spycams, and you will be assumed guilty when "caught". If you are an illegal it's no big deal, you simply ignore the ticket. But if you are a citizen, you could spend a grand on a lawyer and try to fight the ticket, but most citizens will shrug their shoulders, grit their teeth, and pay.

And the extortion, and the loss of privacy, will continue...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Walter said...

One of the Rights I think people should have in this country is the right to be as anonymous as one wishes. This is the reason I am opposed to a national ID card (as well as a SS card) which some are advocating simply to work, something I consider a human right.

Do you realize this is completely at odds with your desire to curb immigration? Most anti-immigration advocates are demanding compulsory national ID cards as a requirement for employment.

I don't think you can have any effective immigration control without them.

7:55:00 PM  
Blogger The Plumber said...

Yeah, it is rather an ideological bind I find myself in, isn't it?

What I wish, and what is, are two different things, as is so often the case.

Since we have SS cards for citizens, use them to verify status. It really is that simple.
SSA knows every company which has hired an illegal.

ID isn't necessary for border enforcement at all.

11:41:00 PM  

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