CULT OF ID?

Christopher Hitchens has penned a rather whimsical piece on what he terms “the Cult of ID – Our strange obsession with driver’s license photos.” Sparked by the case of the Muslim woman in Florida who claimed having to have a picture taken sans veil violates her faith, Hitchens muses about the value of the entire process:

Several times a week, to enter a TV studio say, or to board a plane, I have to produce a tiny picture of my face. It’s not enough that I show up in person: I have to bring an image of myself along.

He also notes that drivers’ licenses are “probably the most fakeable artifact in our society.” His solution to this dilemma is, well, novel.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.