NOTE: As of late 1999, I have allowed this book to go out of print. There have been many changes in the privacy/citizen-numbering realm since Number was originally published -- some positive, others quietly catastrophic -- and I have not had time to update the book.
Thinking about going fishing?
Think again--because in the coming years, you won't be able to do any of the above without a federally issued ID number.
Enrolling your child in school?
Getting a license to work as a plumber or hairdresser? Buying a gun?
Driving a car?
Going to a doctor?
Hirng a home care nurse?
In I Am Not a Number one of the most compelling works on personal freedom to date, Claire Wolfe describes how federally mandated abuse of social security numbers and other "unique identifiers" (such as retina
scans or DNA codes) will erode privacy.
Your government-issued identifier, coupled with information about everything from your purchasing habits to your bowel habits to your school records will be absorbed into databases that can be accessed by various bureaucrats, enforcers, advertisers, the IRS and computer crackers. Your entire life is on file-whether you want it there or not.
These systems will make privacy and freedom things of the past-if you don't stop them. Fortunately, Wolfe spends most of the book proposing ways you can protect yourself.
In I Am Not A Number Wolfe, author of 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution, explains:
- The advantages of being in -- and out -- of the system
- How the present underground economy could become the financial basis for a new nation.
- How people who refuse to be numbered could band together to form free communities
- The operation of untraceable, non-governmental money and banking systems
- How peaceful people, though principled non-cooperation with tyranny, may be able to bring down, or live outside of, a society that requires universal numbering.
The only way to slow and eventually stop the "numbers game" is to take action. The first step, however, is to read this book and talk to Wolfe. Before it's too late.
The Critics Cry:
"For those who have asked: Where can we go to escape the increasingly more obnoxious predations of Big Brother? Should we go offshore? Where are the free places? Are there relatively free communities in America?...this is it. Claire Wolfe, bless her heart, has put a bunch of good ideas and information together for us in this very valuable and entertaining book....I have to admit it. I adore Claire Wolfe. I love her biting attacks on corrupt governments and malicious bureaucracies. Even more I love her irreverent turn of phrase..." -- Vince Miller, International Society for Individual Liberty
"This is a book that we shouldn't have to read, but we are compelled by self-preservation to pick up and flip just in case. Once the book is open, it works like a fast-acting poison to paralyze the part of the readers brain that screams, 'Ignorance is bliss!'" -- K. Castleman S., Brat magazine.
"From all of us who consider it self-evident that the individual liberties which the Founders fought and died for are sacred, and that they must be preserved -- we hope fervently that you will pledge "your lives, your fortunes and your sacred honor" to having the courage to stand up to this evil, and to encourage everyone you know to do likewise. As the great sales motivator, Zig Ziglar, once said: "There are only three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder, 'what happened? I Am Not a Number was definitely written by the first kind. Hopefully there are enough like her out in Slave ID Land to turn the tide." -- Katherine von Tour, The Firearms Sentinel