China is leading the world toward government control of every citizen. China will keep score for every citizen, monitoring economic, political and internet behavior, with punishment for failing to follow prescribed norms or for criticizing the government.
Every Chinese citizen will have an individual ‘Sesame credit’ score; it will integrate their financial, social (internet) and political pluses and minuses as registered by the government. Low scores will result in punishments, including social ostracism; friends will be notified to avoid low scoring citizens. Their own scores will suffer if they don’t heed sch warning. Lovely!
IF you’re Chinese, your every move or lack thereof will be registered, accumulated and scored by government computers. One simple step beyond the activities that led Edward Snowden to rat on the NSA. One step …
To us, it seems inevitable. It seems to us to be in the very nature of government; we suppose that our American Founders saw things similarly or they would not have provided our original Constitution. A document that in our wisdom, we have very significantly revised from their original intentions. And even so, a document today honored more in its breach than in conformance, it seems to us.
We have, for only one instance, a President who swore to enforce the laws but is flagrant in his refusal to apply existing immigration law. We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!
Add to that, our government now feels free to attack its opposing party using the IRS and to send the Department of Justice into local precincts to organize and conduct political ‘protests.’ And to prosecute religious organization determined to adhere to their beliefs instead of government fiat. Looking back from now, that all seems rather a trend to us.
Further along those lines, we note that the FTC, FCC and FEC have handed themselves control over the internet. (“What is this I see before me, handle toward my hand? …) Certainly any pessimist might predict from all this, a coming path along the route now set by China.
Perhaps people will rise up as their American ancestors rose in defense of individual rights and opportunity. To us though, too many seem to be looking for a free ride at someone else’s expense. The road, as economist Friedrich Hayek pointed out, to serfdom.
But maybe we had too little wine at dinner, rendering us too pessimistic. Feel free to point that, or any other view, for us and any interested readers. You’ll need to supply your own wine, though.