GeoEconomics

1984 is (partly) already reality in “the west” with big companies like Google, Facebook (WhatsApp), Amazon (Alexa is basically the “BigSister” always listening, always watching) and Apple constantly collecting data users, shipping them overseas into datacenters (largely without consent) and then either re-selling the data or try to extract useful information “how to take over the world” (or at least some markets) with the help of more and more clever AIs.

European Police officers visiting  Johannesburg (Southafrica) praise the almost 100% CCTV surveillance coverage of the city and want to have such a cool tool at home.

Understandably, SouthAfrica is a dangerous place, but does USA/Europe need 1984?

The same goes for the Chinese capitalism + dictatorship combination that works so “well” (it all comes at a cost).

The economic “elite” in the west (those with massive work-less-incomes generated by possessions like real estate, companies, other privileges) and their pseudo-intelligent advisors fancy such systems of surveillance and oppression as well, of course (to stay rich and in power).

One thing is for sure, in the moment, that truth (and science is truth as well) is silenced, it is the beginning of the end (stagnation) of learning and development for mankind.

China’s Social credit system

“Imagine a world where everyone bins their trash, no one crosses a red light and everyone pays their taxes so that schools are always well funded.

This sounds like a nice utopia.

But add to this surveillance cameras, face recognition, and the requirement to always praise the government.

Now it sounds like an Orwellian nightmare come true: the Chinese Social Credit System.

In 2020, the Chinese Social Credit System, which has been under development and testing since 2009, is intended to standardize the assessment of citizens’ and businesses’ economic and social reputation, or ‘Social Credit’.

With this system, people and companies can be tracked and evaluated for their trustworthiness. The Chinese credit system is closely linked to China’s surveillance system with facial recognition, big data analysis, and AI.

The Social Credit System is marketed by the Communist Party of China to its people as a great improvement to society as a whole. The aim is that people and companies become more honest, to fight corruption, and to have a better functioning and a more stable society overall.

The idea behind this is understandable: As social networks decline and anonymity in cities rises, the social pressure to behave in an acceptable way declines as well. China now replaces this social pressure with the Social Credit System so that people even when living anonymously in any city behave in an acceptable way.

Power over people

China, however, is an autocratic country. Here the power does not lie with the people, but the government wants to have maximum power over the people. Opposing the Chinese Communist Party is not allowed. Activists and investigative journalists have a very difficult stand in Chinese society, and the Social Credit System will make this even worse.

The Social Credit System has a lot of potential to improve society on the surface while destroying people’s trust in the government and society as a whole underneath it. After all, the system undermines the rule of law.

People can get blacklisted easily, which has severe real-life consequences. Anyone being blacklisted, is put on such a list instantly. There is no trial at court. While people and companies can appeal against being blacklisted or against receiving bad credit, the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is reversed: You have to prove that you are innocent.

As the Social Credit System goes hand-in-hand with one of the worst surveillance apparatuses, it infringes legal rights such as the right to reputation, the right to privacy, and the right to free speech.

Millions of people blacklisted

Negative factors for credit ratings have been different in the past, depending on where you live, but are supposed to be streamlined across China in the future. Negative factors include:

  • dishonest and fraudulent financial behavior
  • playing loud music
  • violating traffic rules
  • making reservations at restaurants and not showing up
  • failing to correctly sort your waste
  • fraudulently using other people’s public transportation ID cards

Positive factors, on the other hand, include:

  • donating blood
  • donating to charity
  • volunteering to community services

According to Wikipedia, blacklisted people are already being banned from using public transport: For instance, 26.82 million air tickets as well as 5.96 million high-speed rail tickets had been denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy (失信)”.

On top of that, some personal information of blacklisted people is deliberately made accessible to the society and is displayed online as well as at various public venues such as movie theaters and buses. Some cities have also banned children of “untrustworthy” residents from attending private schools and even universities.

A modern way of putting people in the pillory.

Who is being blacklisted?

Every citizen and every company in China now has to worry about being blacklisted by the Social Credit System. Since the rule of law does not apply to the system, people might even get blacklisted by accident. Then, it is their duty to prove their innocence – not the other way around. This can make life for lots of people very difficult.

For people being blacklisted, the consequences can be very similar as for people who are being innocently charged based on location tracking data, whih these two US examples show.

On top of that, China also uses the system to blacklist people opposing the government. According to The Globe and Mail one of the first persons being blacklisted was Liu Hu, a journalist in China, writing about censorship and government corruption.

Liu was listed on a List of Dishonest Persons Subject to Enforcement by the Supreme People’s Court as “not qualified” to buy a plane ticket, and banned from traveling some train lines, buying property, or taking out a loan.

“There was no file, no police warrant, no official advance notification. They just cut me off from the things I was once entitled to,” he told The Globe and Mail. “What’s really scary is there’s nothing you can do about it. You can report to no one. You are stuck in the middle of nowhere.”

Government’s use of Social Credit System

Another example of how the government uses the Social Credit System is threatening companies – even international ones – to act in-line with government’s requirements and expectations:

In April 2018, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) sent letters to international airlines demanding they show the map of China with the inclusion of Taiwan. The Chinese government threatened these international companies to “make a record of your company’s serious dishonesty and take disciplinary actions” should they not comply.

In the end, every company complied. The Social Credit System is used to pressure not only Chinese citizens and companies. It is meant to change the way we deal with and perceive the People’s Republic of China.

Social Credit System in the West

This shows the dramatic impact of the Chinese Social Credit System. While a system that infiltrates personal lives to such an extend does not exist in the West, there are similar tendencies: Companies such as online companies, marketers, insurance companies, financial institutions and so on like to know a lot about their clients. They compile so much data about you that they can establish their own credit system. We explain this further in the article on why a social credit system is so scary.

Nevertheless, the Chinese Social Credit System reaches entirely new levels: China is an authoritarian country, and the government – the Chinese Communist Party – uses the Social Credit System against its own citizens.

This must be the warning we take out of this: Once surveillance and social credit is there, it can be easily abused by the people – or companies – in power. While China is presenting the worst example of a Social Credit System, there are a lot of tendencies around that world that go into the same direction.

In the West, we still have a chance to stop the building of social credit systems. We have to stop feeding the data miners, the companies that use and abuse our data for their own profits and look out for privacy-friendly alternatives.

Let’s fight for our privacy rights now – while we still can.”

source: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/social-credit-system-china/

legal crimes: Corona and the corporate wish list

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-shock-doctrine-the-rise/9780676978018-item.html
get the book: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-shock-doctrine-the-rise/9780676978018-item.html

after all this catastrophes… if you still have the guts… it might be worth – if you can – investing in this book to support it’s author or watch the documentary for free.

Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein

“trauma used to accelerate the advancement of that corporate wishlist” (have to find the source, it was one of the latest DemocracyNow interviews with Naomi)

about the book:

“Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos;

exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image.

They are the shock doctors.

Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors’ beliefs now dominate our world – and how this domination has been achieved.

  • Raking in billions out of the tsunami
  • plundering Russia
  • exploiting Iraq

this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.

  • ‘Packed with thinking dynamite … a book to be read everywhere’ John Berger
  • ‘If you only read one non-fiction book this year, make it this one’ Metro Books of the Year
  • ‘There are a few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books’ John Gray, Guardian
  • ‘A brilliant book written with a perfectly distilled anger, channelled through hard fact. She has indeed surpassed No Logo ‘ Independent

Videos: 2009 Documentary

related: public private partnerships (ppp) mean: sell us your assets cheap – so you can rent them from us – while it is rotting away

which means: ZERO investment into infrastructure (letting the infrastructure rott away while trying to extract maximum amount of profit)

ppp were ALWAYS and ALWAYS will be a catastrophe for the public

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/08/andrew-cuomo-eric-schmidt-coronavirus-tech-shock-doctrine/

above speaking is no less than the long standing ex-CEO of GOOGLE aka Alphabet

“Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, will head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the US military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.”

” it would give the Pentagon access to “the brightest technical minds focussed on innovation.””

(source)

another source: firstpost.com

Google + Military means:

BigData + innovative highTech KI: to kill people

Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer.

He is currently chair of the

He is known for being the

  • CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011,
  • executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015[4],
  • executive chairman of Alphabet Inc.[5][6][7] from 2015 to 2017[4], and
  • Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020.[8]
  • In 2017, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 119th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$11.1 billion.[9]

(source: Wikipedia)

Google is now officially EVIL

please use DuckDuckGo.com or StartPage.com or Yandex.com (WHY NOT? X-D)

Defense_Business_Board:

DoD and corruption: afraid of budget cuts X-D

“The Board members, to include the Board’s Chairperson, are appointed annually by the United States Secretary of Defense and do not receive any payments for their services.[3]

The Chairs of the Defense Policy Board and the Defense Science Board serve as non-voting ex officio members of the Board.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Comptroller General of the General Accounting Office serve as non-voting observers of the Board.

In October 2014, Deputy Secretary Robert O. Work instructed the Board to hire consultants from McKinsey & Company to identify wasteful spending.[4]

McKinsey discovered DoD was spending $134 billion, 23% of its total budget, on back-office work, and that the back-office bureaucracy staff of over one million people was nearly as great as the number of active duty troops.[4]

On January 22, 2015, the Board then voted to adopt a McKinsey plan to cut $125 billion in waste over five years.[4]

After Secretary Chuck Hagel was replaced by Ash Carter the next month, however, Deputy Secretary Work expressed he was concerned that the gain from any savings achieved would then be removed from the defense budget by Congress.[4]

Under Secretary Frank Kendall III argued that he could not achieve any efficiencies and, instead, that he needed to hire 1,000 more staff.[4]

Secretary Carter then replaced the Board chairman, classified the McKinsey results as secret, and removed the report from public websites.[4]

In 2016 the DBB provided the model for the Defense Innovation Advisory Board which was established by Defense Secretary Carter during the 2016 during RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco.” (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Business_Board)

About Naomi:

“Naomi Klein (born May 8, 1970) is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism.[2]

On a three-year appointment from September 2018, she is the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University.[3][4]

“Klein contributes to The Nation, In These Times, The Globe and Mail, This Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and The Guardian, and is a senior contributor for The Intercept.[76]

source: Wikipedia

Links:

Under Cover of Mass Death, Andrew Cuomo Calls in the Billionaires to Build a High-Tech Dystopia

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/08/andrew-cuomo-eric-schmidt-coronavirus-tech-shock-doctrine/

https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Shock_Doctrine.html?id=cpmRBAAAQBAJ

https://www.democracynow.org/2007/9/17/the_shock_doctrine_naomi_klein_on

Max Keiser calls it “financial feudalism

“a few players are taking the world private, by printing their own money”

Max does not tweet a lot, but constantly says he can be reached on twitter, so give it a try.

FED: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Powell

since at least 2017

“the Swiss National Bank. As I said above, don’t forget there are still central banks deeply entrenched in QE and, beyond local government bonds, are buying foreign assets (in large amounts). Switzerland’s central bank has more freshly printed money to put to work every quarter, and has been increasing their allocation to equities dramatically–$80 billion of which is now (as of the end of the first quarter) in U.S. stocks! That’s a 29% bigger stake than they had at the end of 2016. The SNB is the world’s eighth biggest public investor.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrich/2017/05/16/this-central-bank-owns-80-billion-worth-of-u-s-stocks/)

Technology & Culture:

Sorry to shatter some expectations, BitCoin will not make mankind “better” just as the iPhone not “automatically” made mankind “better”.

Technology can always be used for good or evil – the question is – will mankind be able to come up with a method of coming to intelligent informed decision as “a crowd of 10 billion”. (democracy tried to be such a method but now fails massively btw nowadays democracy has almost nothing to do with ancient Greek style democracy where only:

  • “citizens” (men with swords) were allowed to vote
  • it was voted on very direct concrete things like “should we go to war with Troja or not?” (black stone in the basket = no, white stone in the basket = yes, not almost obscure complex laws that nobody not even the politicians that vote on it understand)
  • Socrates said: only those that think deeply and rationally about things should be let near a vote

The BlockChain can be used for evil: NSA will create a “permanent” = unalterable record of every “fart” anyone ever did (total 1984 mass surveillance dictatorship) – “building perfect records of people’s lifes”

everything depends on a balance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nORI8r3JIyw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nORI8r3JIyw

The BlockChain can be used for good: help mankind survive by adding biodiversity to financial monetary systems by providing an alternative to debt created FIAT.

The amount of Bitcoins are limited by math – but what does math stop from diving bitcoins into smaller and smaller bits? (Just the amount of 0.00000000001 post-dot-digits one’s computer can process (it is actually not so easy for some programming languages X-D to process very large or very small numbers))

Same as an iPhone / Android phone SHOULD have a flashlight that might help people not fall in holes at night, when the “main flashlight” (the MAIN FIAT CURRENCY) fails.

So YES bitcoin can help mankind survive – which we hope all agree on – is a good thing.

but things need to be taken further: as technology improve – culture should improve too

the character of mankind re-cultivating from greed lying cheating egoism to altruism less aggressive more cooperative more sustainable more sharing more fair way of survival IS HARD BUT POSSIBLE 🙂

the "traditional" US business model
the “traditional” US business model – highly fragile and unsustainable – let’s change!