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An informative and even-handed segment from VICE News (not a source I usually find to be of much value) recently explored the Orwellian “Social Credit System” in China. The use of this system in China, however, prompts an obvious question, which the VICE segment did not consider: Could something like this happen in America? With the nation’s increasing embrace of socialism and the rise of the PC snowflake culture, government intrusion into the minutest details of our lives is a commonplace today, so the notion might not be as implausible as it may initially seem.
The Chinese Social Credit System is essentially a real-time “karma” system that awards citizens credits for good behavior and deducts credits for bad behavior. For example, the Vice segment showed a man getting rewarded for turning in a wallet he found on the ground, without stealing anything from it. Other rewarded behaviors noted in the piece include giving to charity, donating blood, and doing volunteer work. The system is similar to those widely used in kindergarten classrooms all around the world. Lose enough credits, and you start to lose certain rights and privileges. The government may limit your permission and ability to travel, throttle your internet speeds, or, possibly the vilest punishment of all, take away your dog. On the other hand, if you gain enough credits, the government will grant you privileges and awards, such as higher wages and discounts on utilities or rent. Hoorah for you!
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Although China’s system is explicit, the Western world has been headed in this direction for decades now.The Economist notes that In Germany,“[i]nciting hatred can carry a prison sentence of up to five years, Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ is available only in annotated form, and it is illegal to single out any part of the population for insult or other abuse...
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