Case Against Driverís Licenses
plastic laminated card youve got in your wallet or purse
you know, the states permission slip for operating a motor
vehicle? Ever stop to reflect how peripheral the driving
part of a drivers license is?
course, a drivers license is in fact our national ID card.
to function in modern society without this national ID card
even if you never get behind the wheel of an automobile. You cant
open a bank account, cash a check, visit the doctor, vote, board
an airplane or even get a job without one.
Or at least,
it is very difficult to do these things without one.
And none of
these things, as such, have anything to do with the operation
of a motor vehicle.
If it were
merely a drivers license, the main issue would be whether
were sufficiently competent to get behind the wheel. There
would be a meaningful test of ones ability to handle a car.
An actual road test on an actual road, in traffic
not the perfunctory drive around the cones in the DMV parking lot
(and even that is only required of new/first-time applicants in
most states) preceded by a sixth-grade-level written (well, touch-screen
video) test of ones knowledge of The Law.
baboon could pass this test with a little coaching. Few ever fail
it baboons or otherwise. Most of us snicker at the absurdity
of it. But it is only absurd from the perspective that assumes they
are testing our ability to drive.
object of the exercise is ascertaining our identity
in order that we may be kept track of via the interlocking system
of data acquisition, indexing, recording and cross-referencing that
is the Matrix of modern society.
It is about
information and control.
If it were
not, drivers licenses would not be linked to ones
Social Security number the government-issued ear tag every
calf (oops, citizen) is issued at birth. The SS number, in
turn, is the number the government uses to make sure you pay your
taxes, to keep track of where you work (and how much you earn),
where you bank (and how much you have in the bank), where you live,
whom you marry, whether you have children (each of them to be issued
their own ear tag in turn) and so on all of which, again,
have nothing to do with your competence as a driver.
But just try
to get a drivers license without presenting your
Social Security card. There will be much wailing and gnashing of
teeth. Red Flags will be raised.
Even if you
have an SS number, they will also likely want your birth certificate,
a document (also with your SS number) from your bank, or your mortgage
holder, or something along those lines. Then, having presented these
documents, they will obtain biometric information from
you a fingerprint in some cases or merely a special photo
that maps your face so that the Panopticon
(those cameras that are increasingly everywhere) can register your
presence and record your presence wherever you happen to
be which most of the time, of course, will be somewhere thats
not in your car.
I go too far?
the fact that even non-drivers must obtain what amounts to the same
national ID card in order to be able to do the things mentioned
up above. They must show up at the Department of Motor Vehicles
and provide the same items SS number and other documents
confirming that number. They will then be biometrically cataloged,
just like the other cows (er, drivers).
No one escapes
the national ID card unless they are off the grid
a person who exists outside the system, as a de facto (if
not de jure) outlaw.
Too far again,
Then try to
cross the border, or board an airplane without your national ID
card or (lately) even attend a professional football game.
will be demanded.
Even a person
merely walking down the street, having committed no crime, can be
compelled to produce his ID upon demand. And if that person
lacks an ID, that person will very likely be arrested on the spot
and held until his identity is ascertained.
opening scene in the original Rambo? It all begins when Stallones
character is accosted by a bully cop who demands to see his ID.
That was 1982 when for the most part only drifters
such as Rambo got racked up for not having ID. Today, we
must all have our IDs. Or else.
This is the
reality of 2012 Homeland America.
You must have
permission to move. You certainly do not move freely.
Even if you
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