A Society Based On The Social Credit System Is Closer Than You Think

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Authored by Robert Wheeler via The Organic Prepper blog,

The social credit system took yet another step forward—this time, from Down Under. Under the guise of a welfare crackdown, Australia moved 25,000 people onto a cashless card system that restricts non-essential purchases. 

Aussie welfare recipients only access to funds is via a cashless debit card

Australia’s government forced thousands of welfare recipients on to Centrelink, a cashless debit card. Under a massive expansion of the plan and new Federal Budget, immigrants have no access to most kinds of welfare for four years after attaining residency. However, the most crucial aspect of Centrelink is Aussies cannot use the cards for gambling, alcohol, or cigarettes. Only necessities like groceries and food can be purchased with the cards. 

East Kimberley and Goldfields in Western Australia, Ceduna in South Australia, and the Bundaberg-Hervey Bay region of Queensland trialed the cards beginning in 2016. Under this scheme, 80 percent of welfare recipients’ Centrelink payment will go directly to the card rather than a bank account. That is supposed to keep recipients from wasting the welfare on unnecessary items.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg unveiled the plan to make the scheme permanent in the trial locations. The plan also includes extending it to 25,000 people in the Northern Territory and Cape York.

The Australian government’s recent budget includes a $30 million package to “upskill” people at the trial sites and offer a jobs fund to boost employment opportunities. The plan includes funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in the cashless debit card locations as well. 

Don’t be so quick to judge. This plan is not what it seems

Many people will rejoice, happy that the “welfare queens” can no longer lie about drinking beer and smoking while others toil away at work to pay for those luxuries. However, the truth is that this scheme is much more insidious than it may at first appear.

No one wants to pay higher taxes so that those who do not want to work can squander welfare benefits. But knee-jerk reactions that lend support to schemes like this will ultimately lead to a social credit system, UBI, and financial allotmentt entirely controlled by the government. Implementation of these schemes is likely not only in Australia but across the world.

What is a social credit system?

For those unaware of what a “social credit system” is, Business Insider’s article summarizes it well. In the article “China has started ranking citizens with a creepy ‘social credit’ system — here’s what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you,” Alexandra Ma writes: 

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system that will monitor the behavior of its enormous population and rank them all based on their “social credit.”

The “social credit system,” first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a government document.

The program is due to be fully operational nationwide by 2020 but is being piloted for millions of people across the country already. The scheme will be mandatory.

At the moment, the system is piecemeal — some are run by city councils, others are scored by private tech platforms which hold personal data.

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.

That system is coming to the United States and the rest of the world soon

Brandon Turbeville mentions the coming merger of the social credit and UBI systems here:

While most Americans have scarcely noticed their descent into a police state, they are quick to dismiss the idea that such a system could be implemented in the land they still perceive to be free. However, all the moving parts are in place in the United States. They only need to come together to form the Social Credit System here. 

And they ARE coming together.

Social media is a critical method of judging “social scores.” Mainly because of the willful posting of social media users on virtually every aspect of their lives. Users give away the most personal and intimate details of their lives and do so without charge.

This data is extremely useful to governments who monitor and store the freely acquired information. Whether it is political opinions, pictures of yourself and your food, or private conversations, that data is sent directly to the corporation. Respective governments then have access to that data via various means and put that data to good use.

In this article, Daisy offers insight into the data collection in the United States.

People seem blind to what is coming

The UBI, of course, is an old idea and one so old that philosopher/activist Bertrand Russell even discussed it. The UBI, cashless society, and social credit system will soon combine to create the largest, most effective police state ever known to man. A society where any criticism or resistance of the government will result in an immediate shut down of credits and the trespasser being frozen entirely out of society.

It may feel good now, but soon it won’t. When it no longer does, well, you were warned. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Being Australian, I know something about this. Those cards are issued to indigenous people to prevent them from blowing their government handouts on booze and cigarettes, which is what they’ve been doing for decades. The cards are welcomed by many in the communities, particularly the women, because it means they can feed their kids rather than have it all go over the counter at the local bottle shop.

    Yeah, it’s draconian, but sometimes strong measures are needed.

  2. This new scheme doesn’t stand up under the slightest scrutiny. Users of the new system will simply buy approved items and then trade them for alcohol or sell them. This already happens under the USA’s current EBT system. It is a shame that we are so blind and stupid.

  3. Anyone who thinks that these “social credit” schemes will actually survive contact with real people is either a Chinese oligarch, or some idiot working in the tech industry.

    I guarantee you that the Chinese implementation of this has already been suborned, and that any such thing brought into contact with real people will inevitably succumb to the same sort of human-nature causal factors. We’re inherently corrupt, and we corrupt everything that we touch. The idiots behind all this “social control” crap are just like those animal behavior experimenters who set up a situation where they had seven different ways for the chimps to escape their confinement. Upon putting the chimps into that confinement, they discovered that there were actually at least two more ways to get out, and the chimps invented those on their own.

    The more control you reach for, the less you actually have. That’s the lesson of the Soviet Union, and why it fell. China will experience something similar, inevitably, just as our wannabe masters here in the US will–You cannot account for every little thing in either an economy or a society, and when you try to exert control over everything…? All those little details and “unanticipated second- and third-order results” are what will kill you dead as a micro-manager.

    The lessons are there, if you’re willing to observe them. These idiots aren’t, and they’re going to recapitulate every instance of attempted totalitarianism, all of which have ended in failure and poverty. You can’t “manage” every little detail, and even the attempt to do so will result in chaos and destruction. Allende was going to implement some sort of nutso “central computerized control” for the Chilean economy back in the 1970s. All the bright lights of the various socialist economic schools were certain it would bring Chile to a new height of economic success, but looking back at it…? LOL… Cybernetic control of even a relatively primitive economy like Chile’s, at that time? It is to laugh, and laugh uncontrollably. They were going to do all of that with “high-tech, state-of-the-art” IBM 360 computers, and actually thought they could “simulate” the economy of Chile and “manage” it…

    Same idiocy, slightly different context, similar set of wannabe control-freak fuckwits. Whole thing will blow up in their faces, and God alone knows where it will end. My guess? Probably in a society-wide rash of insanity. Can’t wait to see what happens when and if they manage to blacklist a significant fraction of what will no doubt be their most productive people from participation in general society–That’ll work out really, really well. The sheep are so innovative and productive, after all… Not to mention, the resultant lack of actual reality involved in the information flow from the blacklisted bottom upwards. It may take generations, but the crack-up will happen, and it will be monumentally ugly, as in “fall of Rome” ugly.

    Every time some dipshit decides they want to domesticate the rest of humanity, it turns into a disaster.

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