The treatment of former president Donald Trump from the private sector has reminded us that social credit scores are already in effect in China, and are on the way here. What’s worse, is with the reliance on the public sector to silence where government can’t, it may be sooner than you think.
A concerning amount of citizens and leaders praised social media when they decided to crackdown and remove Trumps accounts while he was still acting President. However, it reaches far beyond social media as he has been dropped by payment institutions PayPal and Stripe. Both companies, as well as Shopify, cite the Capitol riots as reasons for dropping all business related to Trump and his campaign.
Stripe put out a statement that will not do business with anyone who “engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property.” Contradictory to this, the company published their support for organizations standing in support with Black Lives Matter. This was posted in June 2020 when political violence in the name of BLM and police brutality raged across the country.
News Analytics in one of our earliest posts cited our support for the cause against police brutality, but do not support the methods or ideology of BLM. Racism and police brutality are inexcusable and reprehensible, this should be obvious. Riots and violence is also reprehensible, regardless of which political spectrum it comes from.
The unpersoning of Donald Trump continues with multiple banks themselves also cutting ties with the former president. According to The Hill, at least four banking institutions have cut ties with Trump. Signature Bank in New York stated that it will also not do business with any lawmaker who legally used their constitutional right to object to certification of disputed electoral votes.
If this seems dystopian to you, it’s because it is.
Donald Trump was Not the First – Won’t be the Last
I hate to keep harping on this, but it all started with the complicit public accepting the de-platforming of Alex Jones.
You don’t have to like these people. You don’t have to find them acceptable in any way. What you do have to realize is that this can happen to anyone the powers that be decide. The purely political nature that this course has taken is a scary one, and the values it instills are a direct contradiction to the constitution and bill of rights.
Social Credit Scores Are Not a Conspiracy
China has been openly practicing a social credit score system for some time. According to HULT International Business School:
…this social credit system evaluates citizen trustworthiness based on a complex combination of personal data, like demographics, online and offline behaviors, and social network.
This means that if someone forgets to pay a fine, says something unacceptable online, buys a certain product, cheats on a state exam, leaves a bad review, or just mingles with the wrong type, it could negatively affect their social credit score and limit their access to specific public resources (e.g. travel, financial loans, housing, and education).
Does this not sound familiar? Is this not an exact description of what private industry is enacting in place of government? After all, Jack Dorsey said this was just the beginning.
An opinion piece showed the draconian nature of this social credit system while trying to warn Americans that it was headed this way in 2019. The Wall Street Journal of all places wrote:
The system ranks Chinese citizens according to what the government regards as good and bad behavior. Bad behavior includes reckless driving, buying too many videogames, and putting your trash in the wrong bin. It also includes hanging out with the wrong people and criticizing the Communist Party.
For more information on the Chinese Social Credit Score, the Visual Capitalist has put together a great presentation.
No matter your belief, your political views, or your ambition in life – one thing is clear. You are next. Capitulate, or else…