Crime, recession, bad weather, poor educational performance, inflation,….whatever the problem, for most liberals, the ONLY solution is bigger, more powerful government. Centuries of disasters & tyranny caused by big government won’t dissuade them. No matter how many reasons you tick off why government is less efficient than the private sector, nor how much economic data you show pointing out such facts as why increasing tax rates usually lowers total revenue , they usually won’t budge in their thinking.
I’m going to give you two methods for opening their minds a bit. They probably won’t change their minds entirely, but at least these should make them pause and think a little.
1. Ask “If you won a million dollars in a contest, tax-free, would you give any of it away — to friends, relatives, or charity?” Almost no virtue-signaling liberal is going to say they wouldn’t give at least some of the money away–for cancer research, scholarship funds, suffering family members, or whatever. Follow up by asking, “Why not just give it all to the government? Aren’t they the most honorable, fair, equitable allocaters of capital?” You could ask, “What if Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress is in charge of spending that money?.” You could also point out that if you gave all $1 million dollars to the government along with 100,000 other people doing the same thing, it wouldn’t even cover America’s military spending in Ukraine the past two years. The full million would only be about .000016% of the federal spending this year alone. Close with, “Now imagine if, instead of winning that million, you worked your ass off your entire life, spending little and saving regularly, to accumulate it. Then, how would you feel giving that money to the government to spend? After all, aren’t ‘millionaires and billionaires’ evil while government good? 🤔
2.Ask the following questions:
* Would you want Trump making health care decisions for you such as the what medications & treatments you MUST take, or even if you have access to certain care?
* Would you want him deciding which countries to go to war with without Congressional approval?
* Would you want him setting the curriculum that must be taught in public schools?
* Would you like to give him the right to restrict or allow certain reproductive rights?
* Is it ok if he has the ability to give trillions of dollars to whatever voter block he sees fit without going through the usual budgetary process?
* Would you care if he had the ability with the stroke of a pen to solely change any law related to guns, health care, education, climate, immigration, and taxes?
* Would you want to give Trump the ability to add more Supreme Court justices and completely control the Department of Justice, destroying any system of checks’n’balances which might prevent corruption and ensure his actions don’t exceed Constitutional authority?
This list goes on and on. The point is that whenever you give more power to the government, eventually that power is going to be in the hands of someone you don’t like or trust, who may abuse it in ways you never thought possible. And even when you have someone in power who you support, who is unilaterally making policy decisions you want, it only sets a precedent for another leader to unilaterally do the opposite. Thoughout world history, the formula for the crumbling of nations is always the same — give the government more and more power to “fix” problems and build a perceived Utopian society, followed by the unintended consequences and the inevitable transition of power to evil or incompentent individuals who ensure the final downfall. Unless their is a libertarian backlash against the Ruling Class soon, the United States is destined to join that trash heap of history.
“We have to stop the spread of ‘misinformation,’ ‘disinformation,’ and ‘fake news’ on the web.”
“We can’t allow ‘hate speech’ to proliferate on social media.”
“To prevent mass shootings & other crime, we should have ‘red flag laws’ that allow gun seizure and monitoring of individuals who show signs of mental illness & hate.”
“In a public health emergency, we can’t allow inaccurate science & medical information to spread.”
“Instead of just profits, companies should be evaluated on their social & environmental impact on society.”
All of the above statements on the surface sound good, so it’s easy to see how you can lure most of the population to support them. But they all have two things in common:
1. None of them are ever precisely defined.
2. They are suffer from one major flaw – WHO GETS TO DECIDE what these are and how they should be enforced?
For example, most people would agree racial slurs are “hate speech,” but what qualifies as a racial slur? I once heard a girl get bitched at for saying Afro-American instead of African-American. “An Afro is a hairdo!!” was the angry response. What if I described to you how a person was convicted of molesting & torturing ten children. After I told you this, you might hate that person. Does that qualify as hate speech? What if I factually described how certain politicians received political kickbacks, gave favored tax incentives to political cronies, and passed a series of laws to deprive you personally of your basic civil rights? You may experience angry feelings and want payback. Does that qualify as hate speech? What if a person with multiple Ph.D.’s published a double-blind study of 10,000 patients describing a successful over-the-counter treatment for Covid, complete with links to sources, but the remedy hadn’t yet been evaluated by the FDA or CDC. Does this qualify as “misinformation?” What if a company pays its workers more salary & benefits on average than any other in the world while consistently being surveyed as one of the best companies to work for, but the company has taken active steps to discourage unionization of its employees? Should they be praised or punished? What if a company uses all clean energy sources to power its company and donates billions to charity, but it does business with human rights violators in Russia, China, and Iran? Which should be given more weight? What if a person attempted suicide decades ago as a teenager? Should they be flagged as a person who can never own a gun?
There are endless examples of interpretation fuzziness, which is precisely why they’re all so dangerous. The imprecise definitions allow rulers to manipulate them to punish political enemies and deny them their civil rights, all in an effort to cement their power. However, they have a problem. The world population is nearing 8 billion, all with ever-increasing access to technology. Multiply that by hundreds of daily social media posts, texts, emails, and so on. You’re talking trillions of daily communications. It’s impossible to hire enough people to personally monitor or provide any kind of human reasoning analysis on any kind of large scale. It doesn’t get much easier for businesses, as there are millions of companies around the world, made up of billions of employees interacting on the job.
Enter technology. World rulers have two big advantages in this regard — 1) They can allocate massive budgets for communication-monitoring organizations like the NSA, and 2) all the Big Tech companies are loyal Leftist allies happy to do their bidding. Employees of these organizations are brainwashed to go along using all the statements at the beginning of this article. So how do they tackle this gargantuan task?
Technology can do amazing things, but everything in tech must be reduced to simple math–>numbers that can be compared and programmed using IF-THEN type logic. This is where social credit scores and ESG come in. These are both ways of assigning a number to individual citizens (social credit score) and businesses (ESG). You may have heard the term “algorithms,” which are simply subcomponents of computer programs to execute specific tasks, in this case computing the scores. What goes into the computations? Well, that’s where the fuzziness and interpretations come back in. Computers may seem smart nowadays, but at their most basic level, they’re simple electrical devices using trillions of on/off switches to execute commands. There’s really no such thing as “artificial intelligence.” Everything comes down to a massive amount of logical decisions programmed by human beings, with all their biases and flaws. So when these algorithms are controlled by governments and their Leftist Big Tech allies, it doesn’t take much to manipulate the programs for political gain.
Follow MSNBC on Facebook: +10
Subscribe to Epoch Times or Newsmax: -3
Like Joe Biden tweet: +1
Retweet a Trump quote: -1
Post a meme making fun of Hillary Clinton: -2
March in an anti-lockdown rally: -10
Write a post advocating natural immunity over vaccines: -10
Maintain a libertarian-leaning website: -500
The same kind of manipulation can be used on businesses:
Operate a company that forces union membership on its employees: +10
Run a tech company that enforces government censorship requests +500
Hire employees that donate 99% to Democrats over Republican candidates: +50
Operate a company producing cheap energy that competes with wind & solar business cronies: -100
Donate to BLM and transgender charities: +10
Have a free-speech advocating owner who uses his money to buy a social media company & reverse mass censorship: -10000
You get the idea. Tech companies already use a type of social scoring system. That’s why your harmless meme got you Facebook jail. It’s why that incendiary post advocating violence against conservatives did NOT get flagged. It’s why when you do a Google search for a political story, left-leaning sources like CNN & NY Times always come up first, while Fox News, Townhall, Daily Caller, and other right-leaning sites are buried several pages down where almost no one will see them. That score is the ultimate arbiter of justice. It’s impossible to hire enough people to read through everything and manually decide what should or shouldn’t be censored or hidden. You may have heard stories of millions of fake social media accounts or “bots.” The purpose of these programmed fake accounts is to manipulate rankings & scores, so even if some tech employees sincerely tried to program algorithms in a fair way, they still can be tainted for political purposes.
Social credit scores and ESG take what the tech companies are doing to a society level, so instead of just censoring your communication, they can implement other punishments to limit your freedom & finances. For example, we saw in the Covid trucker protests in Canada, Justin Trudeau, without legal authority, froze the finances of protesters. The same kind of tyrannical measures can be applied based on your score. Imagine not having access to any of your credit cards or bank accounts. Even if temporary and legally reversible, it could be devastating. Imagine a business not being able to open a bank account. Imagine government imposing a minimum social credit score on any employees to be hired, otherwise the business’s own ESG score would suffer. Do you think you’d be able to own a gun if your score was too low? Some of these actions may seem far-fetched, but who would have thought all the unconstitutional Covid lockdowns and mandates could ever happen?
The Ruling Class effectiveness of the scores is multiplied by the THREAT of what could happen. Self-censorship is the most prevalent and dangerous type of censorship. This is where you censor your own communication because, for example, you’re afraid of getting banned by Facebook or Twitter. Imagine what kind of fear the average person would have if it was possible to lose access to all their money. Do you think that might keep their behavior in line? It’s all about CONTROL CONTROL CONROL!
Governing organizations around the world may call these scores something different, and they certainly wouldn’t try to implement them all at once, or without some kind of “emergency” to provide them political cover. But as we’ve seen with Covid, they will keep adding power & diminishing civil rights, bit by bit, until or unless the public finally pushes back. The time is now to push back, starting with the ones implementing the early versions of the scores, the fascist Big Tech companies. It’s also time to push back again the media, celebrities, and education officials that are enabling the Ruling Class march to tyranny. As Ronald Reagan so accurately stated, freedom is always just one generation away from extinction.