National ID Card

AS writes in under the “request for requests” thread:

I think it’s time to revisit the concept of a national identity card. The principal objection to such a card in the past has always been that citizens don’t want to have the government compile unified dossiers on them, but it’s obvious at this point that those dossiers are there anyway. They’re just less efficient, and the absence of a single identify point makes it more difficult to address illegal immigration, identity theft, voter registration, and other issues. It seems like we’d have little to lose at this point.

I don’t have a ton more to say about this, except to observe that it’s odd that we live in a country where there’s a bipartisan consensus that a national ID card would be an intolerable restriction of civil liberties and also a bipartisan consensus that indefinite detention without trial for terrorism suspects is a prudent and necessary measure. My general sense is that the lack of national ID doesn’t make a ton of difference one way or the other.