In China, one is not free to do whatever one wants (obviously). Though the days of Mao’s Red Guards are gone and with them the millions sent to camps to starve, random victims beaten in the streets, and the vast destruction of everything that wasn’t communist, the totalitarian oppression brought about by the communists is still in place, just in a different form.
Business Insider, describing the social credit system, notes that:
The “social credit system,” first announced in 2014, is “an important component part of the Socialist market economy system and the social governance system” and aims to reinforce the idea that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a 2015 government document.
[…]Like private credit scores, a person’s social score can move up and down depending on their behavior.
The exact methodology is a secret — but examples of infractions include bad driving, smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games, and posting fake news online, specifically about terrorist attacks or airport security.
Other potential punishable offenses include spending too long playing video games, wasting money on frivolous purchases, and posting on social media.
The punishments for having a low credit score vary in severity, but are ever-present and, even if not violent, can significantly impact the way one lives and is treated by society. Perhaps your score is low so the government won’t let you travel. Perhaps you’ve taken a bit too long to pay a credit card bill, or, yet worse, a credit car bill racked up paying for “frivolous purchases”, so now the government will limit where you can work.
Other punishments, according to this excellent write up of the social credit score system, include:
- The social credit score may prevent students from attending certain universities or schools if their parents have a poor social credit rating. For example, in 2018 a student was denied entry to University due to their father’s presence on a debtor blacklist.
- In many cases, regulators have encouraged the ‘naming and shaming’ of individuals presented on blacklists. In addition, flow-on effects may make it difficult for businesses with low scores to build relationships with local partners who can be negatively impacted by their partnership.
- Businesses with poor scores may be subject to more audits or government inspections.
Why does that matter to you, presumably someone who’s not a subject of Red China? Because it’s what your elites want here.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, perhaps the best example of the modern, globalist mindset, has praised the Chinese state, saying, when asked “Which nation, besides Canada, which nation’s administration do you most admire and why?”, that:
“There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China. Because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and saying ‘We need to go greenest fastest, we need to start, you know, investing in solar.’”
“There is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted, that I find quite interesting.”
Your elites want a Chinese system. They want to be watching you. Whether through your phone (something the NSA already does), through your bank account, through the plethora of security cameras lining the streets, or through all the data surrounding your electronic profile, they want to be able to build a database about you and use it to pressure you into conforming.
Just look at what happened to the truckers when they didn’t bend the knee: their assets were frozen after security cameras caught them at the protests in Ottowa. That’s the future the elites want, the future your country could take if you don’t stand up to them now.