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Some countries show a lot of resistance to mandatory national ID, and then keep having problems that are only a thing because they don't have national ID.

Are the risks of having the ID system in place that much worse than the problems caused by not having it?

@machado where I'm from we inherited the British system so there's always a national ID. Not having one amounts to asking "what is water?"

The benefits are enormous when it comes to building software.

The downsides are however hard to imagine until the gov comes after you systematically whether they meant to or not.

@ykgoon
Governments have databases for the bad stuff. Not having ID keeps you away from the good stuff, like voting and proving your legal existence.

Although the main opponent of mandatory ID is the US and at this point we already know their system is designed for maximum suck.

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