China’s ‘Social Credit’ System: Coming to America?

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Is your score high enough to allow you to eat at  decent restaurant?

How would you like to be punished for something without even knowing what it was, without a trial, without a chance to defend yourself, without even a chance to say anything about it? And because the punishment is not administered by the legal system, there’s no way to appeal it, no way to get it lifted.

Welcome to Red China’s “social credit” system. There, Big Tech closely monitors everything that everybody says and does and helps the government “rate” citizens according to their “trustworthiness”… as defined by the government. You run up points for doing things the government likes for you to do; and if your score is too low, you can’t shop at the nicer stores, can’t sent your kids to a nice school, can’t hold a good job, can’t travel on a plane, can’t ride the choo-choo train.

Here, Big Tech’s mouth is watering as they dream up ways to impose a similar system on the increasingly less “free” world (https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/26/fast-company-silicon-valley-is-building-a-communist-style-social-credit-system/).

Some of the big corporations–banks, insurance companies, Facebook, Uber, and Lyft, and even Amazon–are already rating their customers, and some are banning people for having “wrong” opinions. (Note: I got banned by Facebook yesterday.) Say the wrong thing on the social media, and maybe next time you need a ride from Uber, the algorithm will say you can’t have one.

This is a liberal’s dream come true. Why go to all the trouble of passing a law against Climbit Change Denial, and maybe have a judge just strike it down, when Big Tech is ready, willing, and able to do your dirty work for you? And your victim won’t be able to go to court and get his punishment lifted. You don’t even have to tell him why he’s being punished.

Remember a book called Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner, vintage 1971? Freedom and dignity, argued the father of behavior modification theory, are outdated and “unscientific,” obstacles to a utopia designed by Scientists and the kind of government that’ll kill you as soon as look at you.

“Social credit” is behavior mod for the entire country, administered by private entities without the consent of the governed–but certainly with a sly wink from the Democrats.

Please! Do not, under any circumstances, vote for any Democrat anywhere! Next year is our chance to put them out of business… before they put our country out of business.

 

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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