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Tell-Tale Signs of Humanist Folly

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Some say the total fiasco resulting in the coronavirus pandemic is proof that globalism is not only a failure, but never could have been anything but a failure. I think that’s true.

But globalism is hyper-humanism’s holy grail, and they’re not about to quit on it.

Here are four signals that will tell you that you’re reading or talking to a hyper-humanist.

*Insisting that there is no God, hyper-humanists are more than eager to take on God’s job. They give themselves away by revealing their dogma that perfection can and will be achieved by… well, them. Imperfect human beings. They will create technology, societies, and political systems that are better, wiser, and more efficient than they are themselves. In their view, God couldn’t do it (because He doesn’t exist), but they will.

*Failed systems like communism and socialism won’t fail, no way, if they’re in charge! All those other poor saps in all those other countries all over the world–they just didn’t do it right. “But we will!”

*Because everything’s supposed to go right when The Smartest People In The World are in charge, if ever something goes wrong, it must be someone’s fault. Somebody let down the side. Some nay-sayer, biggit, hater, xenophobe, racist, trans-phobic deplorable must have screwed up somewhere. Probably on purpose.

*Everything “old” is useless and “on the wrong side of history.” Old stuff like Christianity, marriage, the family, nations, free enterprise: stuff like that. Everything “new,” that The Smartest People In The World just made up a few weeks ago–like 50 different “genders,” or, God forbid, a robot-controlled “social credit system” like they have in Red China’s workers’ paradise–that’s all good. That’s all on the right side of history.

Even one of these tell-tale signs, if you can spot it, should absolutely disqualify the writer or speaker from ever holding any public office or other position of responsibility.

Get these people out of power, and keep them out, before they come up with another pandemic. We probably don’t need philosophers and probably don’t need kings; but philosopher-kings are no use at all. And dangerous if swallowed.

 


‘The Biggest, Baddest Monster of Them All’ (2012)

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Not quite galley slaves, but getting there

I posted this in 2012, and five years later it sparked a lively discussion.

https://leeduigon.com/2012/08/25/the-biggest-baddest-monster-of-them-all/

Of course, this was all before China launched its “social credit” regime, in which the government keeps tabs, 24/7, on each and every citizens. They keep a running score on you which fluctuates up and down, depending on what you say and do; and whether you are allowed to do certain things–like ride a bus, for instance–depends on your current score, as compiled by the government. And it’s all done by robots, so you can’t defend yourself, you can’t appeal–might as well argue with a chair.

Government is able to do things like that because it has too much money.


Gloom and Doom–Hi-Tech Style

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The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. —Psalm 24:1

Dr. Joseph Mercola has gone to a lot of work to warn us of the dangers of all-seeing technology that could eventually coerce us out of any semblance of personal liberty (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/02/12/google-social-credit-system.aspx).

The model we should fear, he says, is China’s “social credit system,” in which everyone in China is surveilled, constantly, by cameras and other devices, and points are awarded or subtracted according to the individual’s behavior. Your resulting “social credit rating” determines what you will be allowed to do–where you can go, how you get there, what you can buy, etc. That system of total coercion is enabled by modern technology, much of it provided by Google. And by 2021, he estimates, a billion cameras, worldwide, will be watching and judging whole populations.

With the aid of “video analytic software and artificial intelligence” (we’ve warned you about that, haven’t we?), governments can watch their population all day, every day–even when you think you’re safe in the privacy of your home. There’s even a prospect of “preventive policing”–compiling so much information on individuals, that law enforcement will be able to accurately predict when someone will commit a crime, and arrest him for it before he can commit it. “I’m here in prison because they said I was gonna rob a liquor store…”

This massive apparatus of surveillance is supposedly going to be used for crime detection and prevention. Wouldn’t that be great–no more crime? But of course the definition of “crime” can be made exceedingly broad.

Thanks to surveillance technology and networking, if you were to commit a “crime” while at a restaurant–say, get into a heated argument with a waiter–the network can see to it that you’re banned from every restaurant, everywhere. And because these punishments are imposed outside of a court of law, by private agencies, you won’t be able to appeal them. No hope of getting your ban lifted.

China’s social credit system, which tracks even the most trivial infractions–“loitering,” for instance: whatever that may be–also imposes some of the most creative punishments. Have you jaywalked? They’ll confiscate your canary. I know, that sounds like a joke; but they’re not joking. Taking away someone’s beloved pet–well, that’ll learn ’em.

Here in what we still call “the free world,” Google is already collecting all sorts of data from users, without their knowledge or consent, and we cannot be sure what they do with it. Sell it to advertisers, probably. But it can also be passed on to police, the IRS, a political action committee–to anyone.

Readers of the Bible will be quick to see in this “the mark of the Beast,” in Revelation. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Revelation 13: 16-17).

With or Without Our Consent

It’s hard to imagine the American people consenting to such a regime as this, which would keep them all their lives in a kind of perpetual childhood, with every action, every word, subject to reward or punishment by all-powerful adults. In communist China, of course, no one in government worries about consent. There the argument is “Do as we say, or we’ll kill you.” But here? Could we really have this here?

But then Google and its partners are not asking for our consent, are they? They’re just going ahead and doing it. And so far our elected representatives, and our courts, charged with the duty of protecting our liberties, don’t seem to have noticed.

The earth is the Lord’s, not theirs. This will go only as far as a righteous, sovereign God permits it. And we see in Revelation that He has already determined how to deal with it.

Meanwhile, counter-invasive technology is being developed, and some is already available. Dr. Mercola provides a list of examples.

But God’s people are commanded by Christ to “occupy until I come.” We are to create strong Christian families, provide our children with a solid Christian education, live by God’s laws as best we can, pray unceasingly, proclaim the truth of God’s Word–and put our heads down and work, each in his or her own way, for Christ’s Kingdom.

Not wish, but work.


Are You Naughty or Nice? Ask the Chinese Government

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All aboard! (Nice people only)

(Thanks to Susan for the news tip)

See, this is just the kind of thing that appeals to “progressives.”

Aided by some 200 million facial-recognition cameras in strategic places, Red China’s “social credit” system last month banned 2.5 million “untrustworthy citizens” from traveling by plane–and another 90,000 from traveling by high-speed trail (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7372431/China-bans-millions-untrustworthy-citizens-taking-planes-month.html).

So far more than 13 million people have been classified as “untrustworthy,” based on their “daily behavior” and social media activities. According to the Chinese government, this is the way to “restore morality.” Meanwhile, “credible citizens” will be rewarded with an assortment of perks.

Yeahbut, yeahbut, yeahbut! If you don’t say or write or do anything bad, you’ve got nothing to worry about!

Providing the highly-computerized system doesn’t mistake you for someone else who’s not so nice.

And of course now every little thing you do wrong is literally a federal offense.

Why do libs go for this sort of thing?

Simply, they can’t tell the difference between government and God.

I pray we have enough sanity left in this country to keep them from ever taking power here. That must not happen ever again.


China’s Mark of the Beast

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And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.   –Revelation 13:16-17

Big government and big business have hopped into bed together in Red China to create a “social credit system” which, by 2020, is supposed to cover every one of China’s 1.4 billion people–and help the communist regime to achieve a “better managing [of the] social order” (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/china-social-credit).

American liberals are having orgasms, just thinking about it. Imagine! Total control of everything and everybody!

The way it works is, you get a “social credit score” that goes up or down, depending on what you do, and permits or restricts your activities according to your current social credit rating. Don’t join any kind of voluntary association, for instance, unless it’s one of those that has the Communist Party seal of approval, the better to “ensure their correct political direction.” ‘Cause if you do, you may eventually wind up being prevented from buying breakfast, riding a bus, or looking for a job.

Hi-tech giants like Alibaba and Google are helping the communist government develop and harden this system, which, it seems, will feed every individual life into a mammoth database and use computers to decide whose mind is right and whose isn’t. If you have a high score, you’ll be able to get prompt hospital service, reductions in your rent and energy bills, lower car rental fees, etc. In fact, it’ll even help you get a date. If you have a low score, your life is going to be made very difficult for you.

How do you get a high or low score?

Simple. The Communist Party decides what behaviors it wishes to reward and which behaviors it wants to punish. They can penalize you for whistling Dixie. Or they can punish you for not whistling Dixie. And change it from day to day, just to keep you on your toes.

That disgusting sound you hear in the background is America’s Democrat Party salivating.


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