This is a quote from a letter Dawkins wrote to his 10 year old daughter explaining the importance of evidence in making a judgement about whether something is correct or not.
"[there is] evidence, which is a good reason for believing something , and [I] warn you against three bad reasons for believing anything. They are called "tradition," "authority," and "revelation."
It got me thinking about how opponents use the unquestionable importance of 'civil liberties' and 'privacy' without thinking that they have to provide evidence to back up exactly WHY this is important. They are using it as a sort of authority that cannot be challenged. Some however do at least realise there can be a conflict between civil liberties and social justice.
"it's important to decide how much privacy to trade for how much of whatever `social good' the surveillance is supposed to get you."
This is from our friend Chris Lightfoot, from an excellent article in support of speed cameras.
He also says the following;
"While the speed cameras policy has good intentions, it has not been well-handled; and the reaction to speed cameras -- both the visceral response of drivers who like to drive too fast, and that of others who believe that the policy is flawed -- suggests that other, more useful, safety measures may not be welcomed either. Which is sad."
This pretty much is my thinking about ID cards, an excellent policy that has been very poorly handled by the government. I believe it is selfish of a minority to deny the 'social good' unless they can demonstrate there would be significant detriment to their lives. I've yet to be persuaded.